Only a wizard, perhaps, could manage and excel in the multitude of different areas that Jonathan Reichenberger participates in. Yet against all odds, he does them all exceptionally.
The first thing that stood out to me (your dear Guys’ Spotlight author who toils monthly without food, drink, or rest to bring you a semi-entertaining article about one of your male peers) about Jonathan was his talent playing the piano. He has been playing piano for 13 years (that’s how long Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith has been out, to give you Millennial young’uns a bit of reference), and he’s quite talented, to say the least.
In 2017, Jonathan was ranked in the top 5 nationally in his age group (14-18). He’s also been blessed to receive the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City, one of the most well-known and prestigious venues in the entire world. World-class musicians thirst for a chance at playing there for perhaps their entire careers, and Jon has played there despite the fact that he’s only seventeen years old. Seventeen, folks. If that isn’t impressive, I don’t know what is.
Jonathan has just finished his junior year with TPS and he’ll be a senior this fall. This year, he took College Psychology and English 6: College American Literature with TPS, and once he finishes his senior year in spring 2019, he will have spent 8 years of his education with TPS, another astounding feat.
Like most people his age, Jon is “not sure just yet where he’s going to college,”, but he does know that he’d like to major in Piano Performance… for obvious reasons. So that narrows down his choice of schools to universities with great music programs, of course.
However,“if the world was perfect,” in his words, and Jonathan could do anything he wanted to, he would be a sports talk show host, but that probably won’t happen. He has requested another interview in 10 years, and maybe then we’ll see what happened. Unfortunately, clay doesn’t have a “TPS Alumni” column at this time, but who knows, that could change by 2028.
Jon lives in south Florida, near Fort Lauderdale, and though the weather can get quite warm, he does enjoy where he lives and is grateful for it. He is a “huge south Florida sports fan”, which makes sense, seeing as he does, in fact, live in South Florida, but he also enjoys “watching any team battle it out.” Jon is currently a contributor for Fansided, an online sports database, focusing on the Florida Panthers. As a younger kid, Jonathan also played AAA travel ice hockey for the Florida Jr. Panthers, which brought him some of his most fun and wonderful memories of his entire childhood.
Jon is currently the Lead Director of TPS Chapel, an experience that he has both enjoyed and valued immensely. He has had irreplaceable experiences and lessons from his time with Changing Lives Ministry, the TPS Chapel ministry.
Jon mostly listens to classical and Christian music. As far as classical goes, he enjoys Beethoven or Prokofiev, and as far as Christian goes, he enjoys either Elevation Worship or finding new Christian music. He loves Mr. Bean and Johnny English, which can’t be beaten in his book.
Every time Jonathan takes a personality test, he tests as an extrovert, but he says that if he were to evaluate himself, he’d put himself right in the middle between introvert and extrovert.
To finish out the article, here’s Jonathan’s favorite Bible verse. It’s his favorite verse because it reminds everyone who reads it of God’s grace; everyone falls short of God’s heavenly standard, and it’s only through grace that we can be saved. It’s a simple solution: all we have to do is recognize our need and repent of our worldly sins.
Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one mayboast.”