Jon’s vigil tonight was beautiful and just the way he would have wanted it, giving all glory to God. -Jeff Brainard.
One of my residential students, and a dear friend of my son, Jon Gregoire, was killed by a train late Saturday afternoon in Lynchburg. While I don’t know the specifics of his death at this time, I can tell you Jon was a Champion for Christ! He wore his love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on his sleeve every day for all to see and he was a great encourager of most everyone he met.
On Wednesday, after our Entrepreneurship class he wanted to meet and discuss his future goals after graduation in May 2015. He had a gift for Marketing, but his heart was telling him to do missions work, in particular to reach the un-reached. Upon graduation with his Marketing degree and Biblical Studies Certificate, he planned to apply for a graduate RA position on campus and begin his MDiv degree. With his MDiv he then hoped to go to the mission field. After a few years in the mission field, he planned to return to the US and work towards planting a new church that had an emphasis for supporting missionaries.
I treasure the image of his face when he asked me if I thought that was a good plan for his life. It was an excellent plan for his life. More importantly, the contentment on his face told me it was likely God’s plan for his life. It was an honor to know and mentor Jon Gregoire and I know his life on earth made a difference for the Kingdom. I am looking forward to seeing our brother in Christ in Heaven. He is going to be missed, but it is our great hope that Jon’s family will be comforted and his friends will be encouraged and motivated by his life, how he loved, and what he loved. Your prayers for them are much appreciated.
-Liberty University Business professor George Young
Jon Gregoire’s love for Jesus, his family, his friends, and his community, was larger than life. His love is evidenced by the profound impact he had on wide-spanning groups of people, including students at Liberty University, pastors in local Churches, artists in the local Lynchburg music scene, and countless others. Rarely does someone so young leave such a legacy. Jon was fiercely motivated to unite the local community, and he organized Lynchstock Music Festival yearly to bring the diverse demographic of Lynchburg together through music and art.
Jon’s passion for the local community was only rivaled by his passion for spreading the gospel to the world through his non-profit Mustache for Missions. Despite his busy schedule, he never was too busy to spread his joy through uplifting conversation and encouragement. Jon’s legacy is celebrated in his passing and continues through all of those he touched through his powerful passion and overflowing joy.
“…Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18