About Jonathan

Hey there, and thanks for stopping by!Jonathan Trotter

So yeah, I live in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with Elizabeth and our four kiddos. We got married in 2000, so the math’s easy.

Before crossing the Pacific, I served as a youth pastor for ten years and worked as a trauma nurse for three. Before all that, I went to law school and am a licensed (but not practicing) attorney. Before all that, I was a kid.

I serve as a pastoral counselor, providing marriage counseling, pre-marital counseling, debriefing, transition coaching, grief counseling, and stuff like that. My clients are missionaries and NGO workers and Cambodians and diplomats and basically people. Some are believers and some aren’t. My goal is to gently walk with people, whatever their nationality and background, towards Jesus and the healing and freedom he gives.

Additionally, Elizabeth and I help lead an international church with folks from about 32 countries.

I like to laugh a lot, and I’m pretty sure I annoy our neighbors (we live in a row house with about 1,000 neighbors).

I also cry a lot, but I’m not giving up any man cards. My mom died of cancer when I was a teenager, my dad died of cancer when I was in my mid-twenties, and my sister died of congenital abnormalities when I was a kid.

Yup, that’s pretty much my life. I enjoy writing about marriage and parenting and missions and cross-cultural survival and Jesus. I’d love to hear from you, so feel free to drop me a message or connect via Facebook or Twitter or whatever. Thanks again for stopping by!

all for ONE,

Jonathan T.


I write monthly for A Life Overseas.

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This song was our family theme song for 2009.  It’s based on Psalm 63:6-8.  God really used this Psalm to propel us into cross-cultural missions, asking us to Follow Close.  This version was recorded in 2010 in Phnom Penh in our friends’ backyard.  Here are the lyrics:

I lie awake thinking of you, Meditating on you through the night.  Chorus: I follow close behind you.  Your strong right hand holds. (repeat)  I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings.  I think how much you’ve helped me, and because of this I’ll sing.  Chorus.  Holy, Holy, Holy.  I lie awake thinking of you, Meditating on you through the night.

4 thoughts on “About Jonathan

  1. Jonathan…loved the song. I love your passion for Jesus. It’s so evident in the song and all over your blog. It has been a blessing for me to read what you and Elizabeth have shared! May you continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I will be praying for you and your family. I hope we can catch you next time you are in Searcy!

    • Thanks so much, Nick! I would definitely love to connect next time we’re around Searcy. And I know Africa’s your thing, but if you ever find yourself over here in SE Asia, give us a holler. : )

  2. Jonathan,
    I am a lawyer working in a mid-sized city in Washington state. And I married a lawyer too. My wife and I have three kids and have rather ordinary lives. I just read some of your posts, and they gave me some reassurance that what I’m doing with my career (representing CPS in child abuse/neglect cases) has some meaning in this world — even though I feel the tug of missionary work from time to time. Thank you.


    • Whoa! I’m late to the game here. So sorry! I’m so glad some of these musings have been helpful and encouraging to you and your CPS work. And yeah, that’s such vital work! Thanks for stopping by…

      — Jonathan

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