A Sad Yet Thankful 'Goodbye'

Serving as your editor these last 13 months has been amazing, but it's time for me to pursue my next adventure.

After playing 127 games for the Birmingham Barons at the age of 31, Michael Jordan had a .202 batting average, 51 RBI and 30 stolen bases—pretty impressive for a guy who hadn’t played competitive baseball since high school.

But, no matter how hard he tried, Jordan couldn’t escape the fact that at his core, he was a basketball player—one of the best ever.

For me, Jordan’s baseball story rings true in my life.

Since launching Severn Patch in the fall of 2010 and then taking over Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch in January 2012, I’ve written approximately 2,200 Patch posts and edited probably another 2,500. During that time, I’ve grown a lot as a journalist and professional, and to be honest, I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

Whether it’s breaking tragic stories or writing playful posts, working for Patch has been an incredibly enriching experience. I’ve been surrounded by an amazing team of people who despite all the curves and turns of working for a media company, they’ve stayed strong, true, hard working and committed to the goal of creating an informed citizenship in Anne Arundel County.

But for me, much like Jordan experienced with baseball, I realized that at the core of who I am, I’m not designed to be a full-time journalist—at least not right now.

A new journey

Over the past few months, I’ve been spending a lot of time figuring out how I want to spend my life, and what I want to do with it. And for me, part of that meant figuring out how I can best impact the people around me by utilizing my gifts to their highest potential. I love people, I love working with people, and ultimately, I care about helping people.

That’s why I’ll be leaving Patch, effective Saturday, to go work as a full-time staff member for Mosaic Christian Church, a church designed for people who don’t “go to church.”

If you’ve read my “About Me” page here on Patch, you know my personal faith in Jesus Christ is at the very core of who I am, and that’s a huge part of why I’ll be leaving to go work for this church.

There’s a long and remarkable back story as to how I ended up getting hired at Mosaic, but that’s for another time. The big reason I’ve felt called to leave Patch is this:

I don’t want to be the writer anymore. I want to live a life worth writing about.

Journalism is an admirable profession. At its core, it’s one of the foundations of democracy and helps the United States be the great country it is. But in this season of life, for me, I know it isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing.

A challenge for the future

My fellow Patch editors are an incredible bunch with passion, drive and determination. But like any tough job that demands a lot of your time and energy, if you’re heart isn’t in it, you won’t last much longer. So as I conclude this longwinded goodbye to all of you amazing readers who’ve helped make Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch so incredible, I wanted to offer a challenge to each of you:

Demand better.

There are plenty of media outlets crying out for your readership. I get that. But I want to encourage each and every one of you to demand excellence.

Don’t settle for simple copy and pasting. Don’t allow “outlets” to post incorrect information without any sort of standard to be met. Don’t let Patch off the hook when a story needs more digging, more context and more analysis.

I know it’s easy for me to say all this now as I’m leaving, but Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch is one of the best sites around because it has some of the most engaged and informed citizens. Don’t ever let up, don’t ever settle for less, and use your voice and readership to shape your community and help us all reach that oh-so desired goal of creating a powerful and informed citizenship here in Anne Arundel County.

To all of you who have been there, thank you.

And one more thing…

Go Ravens.

Barb Cantor January 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Best of luck, Jonathan - you are one of the "good guys". I will miss your byline. Barb Cantor
Mary Vecellio January 18, 2013 at 01:27 PM
Dear Jonathan, I'm so sorry to hear you are leaving Patch! I've only known you a few weeks and you've been such a great encouragement and Mentor to me! Thank you so much! Despite my sadness at your leaving Patch, I am happy to hear that you are going to work with Mosaic Christian Church. Your strong faith in Jesus Christ will be your foundation and your dedication to Jesus will help you bring people back to the Church! Good luck always, Jonathan, and God Bless You in your new Adventure!
Patricia O'Brien - Boarman January 18, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Jonathan, it was my pleasure to have met you, you are a great Journalist. You will be missed. You put in many hours throughout the 24 hour cycle and I applaud you for getting the news first and it was nice to keep up with what is going on in the Communities in which we live. I wish you much luck and happiness in all of your future endeavors. Thanks for giving back so much to our Communities and thanks for letting our voices be heard. Good luck to Patch's future success.
Traci Carneal January 18, 2013 at 02:19 PM
You have done a fantastic job with Patch and your enthusiasm will be missed. I want to learn more about your church. Where is it?
Karen Haugen January 18, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Jonathan, Thank you for your service to our community, and best wishes for success in your future adventures! - Karen Haugen
KRS Images January 18, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Good luck to you Jonathan! Its been a pleasure!
RB January 18, 2013 at 02:27 PM
We wiil certainly miss you and your stories keeping us informed down here in SOCO, but at the same time I truly admire you for following your heart. It takes guts and you will do well! Many blessings to you in your next chapter of life!!
TM January 18, 2013 at 02:45 PM
That is awesome Jonathan - I've been to that church a few times. In the end it wasn't a fit for me and my wife but that says nothing negative about it whatsoever. As you know churches are like shoes - they don't all fit but you still want footwear. I wish God's blessings upon you and His calling for you. I have a big smile on my face right now thanks to this news - I love hearing these kinds of stories in a day when being this open about your Faith is frowned upon and even attacked in the public square. Best and in His Holy name, Tim
Michael January 18, 2013 at 02:58 PM
While I am sure the readers of Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch will miss your reporting you are embarking on a great adventure. It takes confidence and bravery to follow ones heart and answer the tug to move on to something new. I personally will miss reading your articles but I know you will be used to do great things at Mosiac. (In full disclosure, Jonathan is my son. I have watched him grow as a writer and now I eagerly wait to see how God will use him next. )
TM January 18, 2013 at 03:01 PM
And you had me at Jesus - but lost me at Ravens lol. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS!! :)
Kate Hughes January 18, 2013 at 03:18 PM
While I am happy you are following your passion, I am sad that we are losing you as an entertaining, enthusiastic, and trustworthy voice in the area! Good luck in all that you do! The next Edgewater-Davidsonville Patch Editor has big shoes to fill!
Maryann January 18, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Sorry to see you go, Jonathan! Thanks for everything. Good luck with your new endeavor--sounds like you are a good fit for the job!
Stephanie Siegel Burke January 18, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Good luck, Jonathan!
joan turek January 18, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Who is taking over for you?
Jenni Pompi (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Jonathan, your fellow Patch editors will miss your guts. You are destined for great things. Best of luck in your next adventure.
Cindy Morgan January 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Jonathan, may God bless your future at Mosaic Church. I worked for pastors and ministry leaders before and their lives are just as busy and demanding as the Patch probably was for you. God gave you this period of time at Patch to prepare you for your career. Good luck and God bless you!
Chris Edmonds January 19, 2013 at 01:25 AM
Jonathan theres nothing more important then the message of Jesus. Keep up the race to the finish. Im so glad u shared ur heart. May God bless u. There is nothing more worthy than the Gospel! Go get them 4 the kingdom!
Chris Edmonds January 19, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Good 4 u ! Nothing better than sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ" God Bless u for listening 2 ur heart. Im sure God will use ur talents for His will! We will miss u at Edgewater Patch.
GG Chet January 19, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Best of luck. Full time ministry is such an amazing calling...they are so lucky to be getting you. Praise God for folks like you who will speak of his faith....these are the folks our young people need to look up to. Blessings;)
Jonathan, I am so happy for you! The career counselor in me is delighted that you'll begin a new journey which is so meaningful to you and allows you to use your gifts in a way that aligns with your life today. We will miss you a *great deal* and I hope you will keep in touch. Your wonderful style, personality, and talent (and yes, the gift you have for working with people) have made our local Patch simply amazing -- and a great resource. Thank you! You have made a positive and real difference in this community, and I know you'll continue to do the same wherever you'll be.
Trish Walsh January 19, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Best wishes to you, Jonathan, as you begin a new and exciting chapter of your life!
Bob Mosier January 19, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Jonathan, On behalf of all of us at Anne Arundel County Public Schools who have had the pleasure of working with you, I wish you nothing but the best in your future endeavors. Your work at Patch is well-respected and admired both among your readers and sources. Thanks for all your hard work and fair and accurate reporting about our school system and our children. Bob Mosier Public Information Officer Anne Arundel County Public Schools


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