The Rev. Jonathan Fuson and his wife, Missy, moved to Pasadena from North Carolina when he was named the lead pastor at Chesapeake Christian Center in April 2019. It didn’t take long before the area’s abundance of exceptional seafood and breathtaking waterways, and Pasadena’s deep history, made the Michigan natives fall in love with the Old Line State. Having lived in the north and the south, the couple considers Maryland to be a perfect blend of either side of the Mason-Dixon Line.
The duo first met when they were teenagers and have been in full-time ministry since 2005. They have settled into their new home, Chesapeake Christian Center (CCC), and are already impressed with their community.
“Chesapeake Christian Center is a great place to worship,” exclaimed Fuson. “We are a traditional and contemporary blend. We possess a traditional, biblical worldview, and yet we practice these values and beliefs in a contemporary context.”
Fuson appreciates that CCC is a generational church with people of all ages, and the church offers ministries for every age.
“What has inspired me most about CCC is the congregation’s desire to make an impact on our community,” Fuson said. “The gospel should make a difference in our lives and upon those around us. CCC is not an exclusive church; we are growing and we want you to come and grow with us. There is something for everyone to plug into: powerful music program, Straight-Up youth ministry, Outsiders young adult ministry, children's ministries, outreach ministries, men’s and women’s ministry groups, and more. You will find a place to connect and grow here.”
Fuson said the CCC experience begins with a welcome at the front door, from which people are ushered into the sacristy where wonderful music and an expository alliterated sermon taken straight from the Biblical text will be heard. Sermon outlines are provided so that people can follow along and write down the important parts of the message. Chesapeake Christian Center offers complete interpretation for the deaf, a nursery, and toddler and children’s ministries every Sunday at 10:00am and Wednesday at 7:00pm.
In September and October, Fuson will begin sharing a new mission statement, casting vision for the future of CCC, and defining the community’s core values. An NFL Sunday is being planned for September 22, when all are welcome to worship and then tailgate together before 1:00pm kickoffs, and a fall festival will be held on October 25.
He added that there are many “fun, impacting, wonderful events and ministry happening at CCC. All are welcome to come join us or check out our Facebook page, where sermons and updates are posted.”
Fuson has four children ages 4 to 13: Ariel, Josiah, Hannah and Isaac. He and Missy both graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, before both completing master’s degrees. He is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree, while she will teach at Nantucket Elementary School in Gambrills this fall.
Chesapeake Christian Center is located at 206 Weston Woods Drive in Pasadena. To learn more, visit www.ccc-cog.org.