The son of a Lutheran pastor, Jonathan R. Mueller was born in Yankton, South Dakota. He lived in central Nebraska during his elementary school years and in southeast Missouri during his years in high school. He holds bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and sacred music from Concordia University – Nebraska and a master’s degree in organ performance from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Jonathan met his wife, Dawn (Batavia, IL), while attending Concordia and they were married in 1987.
Jonathan has been a church music director for nearly 30 years, serving Lutheran congregations and schools in Texas, Michigan, and Illinois. Most recently he was the Director of Music at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Hemlock, MI, where he taught general music for grades PS-4th, directed the 5th-8th grade choir, 5th-8th grade handbell choir, the adult choir, parish handbell choir, planned the worship services, and played the organ each weekend. He is a published composer of sacred choral, handbell, and organ music. He has also been a clinician and presenter at a variety of music and church conferences at the local, state, national, and international levels (LCMS, LEA, and Lutherans in Africa).
Jonathan and Dawn are blessed with four children: Stephanie (& Isaiah) Garza, Georgetown, TX; Rebecca (& Matthew) Gonzalez, Cedar Park, TX; Sarah (& Austin) Theriot, Austin, TX; and Nathaniel, a senior at Concordia High School, Round Rock, TX. Dawn has been a teacher in preschool, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade classrooms at various times over the past 30 years and is currently the Preschool 3’s teacher at UPBRING.