15 Nov Episode 221 | Unity in Frederick
Gabriel Knowlton and Jonathan Switzer share the story of God’s supernatural work in building unity in Christ that magnifies Him, His love and His Gospel message in Frederick, Maryland.
Jonathan Switzer and his spouse Carol pastored together from 1995-2018. They pastored in Frederick from 2001-2018, during which time Jonathan served as President of the Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship representing over 60 local churches and ministries. The fellowship partnered with the Convoy of Hope to serve community needs and started the Frederick48 fundraising campaign, now called the UNITY campaign, which to date has raised over 3 million for over 30 different non-profits in Frederick.
In March of 2018, they started Crossed Bridges which unifies the community to meet our greatest needs to restore the good that God intends. Initiatives include a 35-church prayer canopy, the Frederick County Goes Purple community wide response to opioids with Purple Certified Training for Businesses, and The Bridge which connects business, community and church volunteers with crisis family needs identified by local non-profits in real time. They continue to identify strategic initiatives to bridge the community together in these polarized times.
Gabriel is the Executive Director of Move Toward Unity and current Vice President of the Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship of Frederick. For over 30 years, he and his wife Nicole have served the Body of Christ coast to coast, leading in numerous interdenominational contexts. Moving to MD in 2003, they have continued to build connections throughout the DC region to see the Unity of John 17 manifest in His Ekklesia.