Part of Jason’s story to help you know him better
In August of 2018 Jason and his wife (Emily) and four children (current ages 8-17) moved from Boston to serve at North Shore Fellowship. In his role as Assistant Pastor he has shared in preaching, teaching, and shepherding the congregation. He has also provided oversight to global missions and adult Sunday School. Since Robby Holt’s departure as NSF’s Senior Pastor, Jason has guided our Sunday liturgy and sermon series and provided oversight in several other ministry areas.
Jason grew up in Texas and moved to Tennessee to attend Rhodes College. He met Emily after graduation and they married in 2000. The first thirteen years of marriage were spent in Memphis caring for Emily’s parents, with whom they shared a home for almost a decade during long battles with ALS and cancer. Jason’s work experience after college began with four years of teaching and coaching in urban Memphis. Jason then finished his seminary work at RTS followed by a PhD in New Testament, while serving in various capacities at two large churches in Memphis. He also occasionally published in academic and popular contexts, including the book Imitating God in Christ (IVP, 2013).
After Emily’s parents passed, the Hoods moved to Tanzania, where Jason served as pastor at an international English-speaking congregation and taught at Munguishi Bible College. They then spent three years in Boston, where Jason was Assistant Professor of New Testament and Director of Advanced Urban Ministerial Education at the Boston campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The Hoods dearly miss Boston (especially friends, snow, and championships) and Tanzania (where their bedroom windows opened up to a view of Mt. Kilimanjaro), but they love Chattanooga and are happy to be back in Tennessee. They live on the North Shore, and you might see Jason walking to and from work on Frazier Ave.