Jason Storbakken is the pastor of Manhattan Mennonite Fellowship. He is the husband to Vonetta and father to Chloe and Elgin. Vonetta is founder and executive director of Radical Living, a Brooklyn-based community organization that builds community around food, sustainable practices, and green spaces. Jason and Vonetta deeply value community, radical inclusion, and together they have endeavored to create safe spaces for spiritual experimentation and exploration, and the movement for social justice.
Jason spent many years as the Director of Compassionate Care at The Bowery Mission where he oversaw programs and provided pastoral care to the poorest and most vulnerable New Yorkers. As minister to the homeless, he learned what it means to truly be part of a beloved community.
In 2011 Jason was ordained by the Mennonite Church, USA. He earned a Master of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. And currently he is a Doctor of Ministry student at Boston University School of Theology. He loves the mystics, the early Mothers and Fathers of the Church, poetry, and music from across faith traditions and cultures.
Jason has written numerous articles for publications as far-ranging as Forbes and Rolling Stone. And he has been featured as a ministry leader in the New York Times, New York Press, and other publications. He is author of three books:
- Radical Spirituality: Repentance, Resistance, Revolution (Orbis, 2014).
- Last Stop on the Z Train (Independently published, 2019)
- Bowery Mission: Grit and Grace on Manhattan’s Oldest Street (Plough, 2019), was published November 2019.