Who is the author and proprietor of this blog?

That would be Jon J. Cardwell…

Jon J. Cardwell is a wretched sinner saved by God’s free and sovereign grace.

He is husband of Lisa, father of J, C, L, and R, and grandfather of M and E; pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama; author of several books, including the bestselling Christ and Him Crucified; copywriter, ghostwriter, and branding, publishing and marketing consultant with Eclectic Cattle Productions.


I have been blessed and privileged in having been called by Sovereign Grace Baptist Church as the congregation’s pastor. I have now been the pastor there since January 2009.

After fruitful pastoral ministries to the Aleut people of the remote Alaskan fishing village of King Cove (King Cove Bible Chapel) and to the Yup’ik Eskimos of the remote Alaskan fishing village of Scammon Bay (Scammon Bay Covenant Church), my family and I left Alaska on January 23, 2008 when symptoms that were once thought to be Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (aka ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), began to manifest in 2006.

After extensive testing at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and continued testing at Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in California and Birmingham VA Medical Center in Alabama, a diagnosis was slow to come. When it did, it was rescinded. Finally, on June 3, 2010, though the symptoms are just like those of ALS, it has been determined by the VA in Birmingham that my ailments cannot be identified (see the article “My Light, Unidentified Affliction”). After nearly seven years, and having to walk with crutches for the past three years, I’ve finally begun aggressive antibiotic treatment through natural roots and herbs, ginger in particular, and am now able to walk without crutches or assistance.


I was born in San Diego, California to Ronald J. Cardwell and Leticia O. on August 25, 1960. My father, a navy man, passed away in 1963 while in military service. My mother married another sailor 3 years later. As a result, the family moved all over the country. By the time I graduated from high school in southern California, I wanted to travel again. I dropped out of Riverside Community College in the spring of 1979 and joined the navy with hopes of being a “frogman.”

Climbing the ranks quickly, I found favor with my superiors in the navy diving community; yet, I was empty and troubled. Assigned as a 2nd Class Diver onboard the U.S.S. McKee in 1984, God surrounded me with Christians who loved me, prayed for me, and answered any questions that I had. For the entire month of May 1985 I was under conviction as a hopeless sinner doomed to eternal punishment. On June 3, 1985, after nine months of Christian witness and conviction from the Holy Spirit, I sought out one of the Christians, Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Vincent Lawrence. I asked Vince to pray for me because if I didn’t repent, I knew that I was utterly and eternally lost; yet, I also knew that I couldn’t possibly repent until God changed me and made me capable of repenting. Vince invited me to kneel and pray with him. As we knelt together in the divers’ berthing compartment, I supposed that I repeated Vince’s words; however, I know I didn’t hear a word Vince said until the very last “amen.” While kneeling with closed eyes, I KNEW that I was a totally depraved sinner with no hope; yet because God poured out His just and holy wrath upon Jesus Christ for my sins, and that Jesus lovingly and willingly paid that price for my sins, that God made me right with Himself by what He accomplished on the Cross of Calvary. From the depth of my soul I groaned for forgiveness by His atoning blood, and in a moment, an indescribable peace came to me. I remembered saying, “amen,” and opening my eyes. I stood up as a new man. I was different. I was transformed. It was noticeable to the other divers I worked with. Although I couldn’t understand all of it, I had a love for God’s Word and couldn’t stop reading it. I also had a love for God’s people and wanted to be around them whenever I could.


Scammon Bay Covenant Church, Scammon Bay, Alaska

King Cove Bible Chapel, King Cove, Alaska

First Filipino Methodist Church, Riverside, California


A great many lives and literature have influenced my ministry over the years. Here are just a few of the most prominent (in no particular order):

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
John Bunyan
Octavius Winslow
Jonathan Edwards
Robert S. Candlish
Asahel Nettleton
Andrew Bonar
George Muller
John Calvin
Louis Berkhof
Charles Hodge
Melissa “Lisa” Cardwell
Joe Cardwell
Courtney Cardwell
Leah Cardwell
Rachel Cardwell


I am in general agreement with the early English Baptist confessions, such as the 1st London Baptist Confession of Faith (1644/1646) and 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith (1677/1689), as well as the early American Baptist confessions, such as the Philadelphia Confession of Faith (1742) and the New Hampshire Confession of Faith (1833).

Additionally, by God’s grace, in my faith I strive to be Reformed in theology but not exclusive; Calvinistic in bibliology but not fatalistic; evangelistic in soteriology but not pragmatic; amillennial in eschatology but not dogmatic; puritanical in praxeology but not legalistic.


Adult Sunday School: The Gospel of John (Timothy Gallagher, teaching)

Sunday Morning: The Blessed Gospel of Jesus Christ (a harmony of the Gospels)

Sunday Evening: Numbers

Wednesday Evening: The Psalms


King James Version, Cambridge Edition (in the pulpit, for personal devotions and memorization)
New American Standard Bible (for expositional study)
English Standard Version (for web articles, treatises, modern editions of classics, &etc)


John Bunyan
Charles Spurgeon
Octavius Winslow
Jonathan Edwards
Jerry Bridges
John Steinbeck
Herman Wouk


BOOKS (Go to Author Central at Amazon.com)

Christ and Him Crucified
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
Fullness of the Time
The Simple Gospel
To Be a Pilgrim
A Puritan Family Devotional
A Pilgrim Family Devotional
A Puritan Bible Primer
Sermon Outlines in Revelation
Pearl Harbor: Date of Infamy! Date to Remember!


  1. I am interested in an electronic copy of the book “All Of Grace” that you rewrote in more modern English. Is it available?
    Fred Meschino

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  3. Hi there, so blessed to read about your life. What an answer to prayer. Your sense of humor is captivating as well. While my husband is a pastor like yourself in a Grace Baptist church in England, he is still yet to convert toward natural remedies. =) But I don’t give up! God bless you in your efforts towards God’s kingdom .

    • Thank you, dear sister for your encouraging words. It is always a blessing to hear from someone from across the pond. If you have any suggestions on how I might serve you better through this site, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

      May the Lord continue to bless and keep you, your husband, your children, and all Christ’s saints in England.

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