Jonathan Dade, Senior Elder
Rabbi, Pastor, LTJG, MBA, MTS
A man with a spiritual calling, heart to lead and mind that understands the bible, Jonathan Dade is known for the balance he brings to people’s lives. Since his teen years, he has been actively involved in caring for the well being of those around him and has worked to integrate faith into our increasingly worldly society. As the Senior Pastor (Rabbi) of Messiah Echad, Jonathan leads a congregation that (a) serves Hebrew Christian, Torah Observant, Messianic Jewish, and Non Religious Believers (b) teaches principles on living a biblical lifestyle for spiritually minded individuals, interfaith families and non religious couples, and (c) celebrates biblical feasts and holy days, keeps the seventh day sabbath and experiences the holy spirit (together). To understand Rabbi Jonathan, we invite you to hear; Hearts United With God, Loving Your Neighbor, Interconnectedness of Scripture, and Jonathan’s Personal Journey.
Prior to founding Messiah Echad, Jonathan served as the Percussionist and a Youth Leader for Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation, in Northern Virginia. Ohev was a congregation connected with Tikkun Ministries and Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC), so everything from promoting Jewish culture to inviting the Spirit, was part of the culture. And one of Jonathan’s favorite pastimes at Ohev was family worship and getting young people involved in music. Prior to Ohev Yisrael, Jonathan attended Kehilat Ariel Messianic Jewish Congregation in San Diego California and before that, the Lord had led Jonathan to worship in Conservative Judaism, which he did for two years. And it was in Conservative Judaism that Jonathan first learned the errors of the Christian Church and how we never should have distanced ourselves from Judaism or God’s chosen people. So ever since, Jonathan has been doing the best he can to observe the commandments, recite the ancient prayers and show believers how to live in grace, while not disrespecting the law. Its a delicate balance and amazing story, which Jonathan would love to share with you.
Theologically, Jonathan published articles, pastored groups, researched the scriptures (MT – Modern Hebrew, ESV – TLV English), and studied in the Masters of Theological Studies (Colorado Christian University), with a passion (thesis) in Messianic Jewish Apologetics. Growing up in a Christian home, Jonathan always believed in God, but his faith and a hunger became his own, while serving in the Navy and attending an inter-denominational service overseas. Jonathan had never seen people raise their hands in worship and when he finally mustered enough strength to try it, God touched those hands with an outpouring of life and an indescribable love. On the secular side, Jonathan received a Bachelors in Biology (with a minor in Chemistry), from Prairie View A&M University, after which he spent some years in the Navy, Frito Lay, and Michelin, before attending Washington State University College of Business, where he studied in the Executive Masters of Business Administration program. Jonathan completed his MBA Capstone (thesis) on what eventually became RLB Echad (a faith based consulting organization). His extensive research included; leveraging pastoral models to improve employee engagement, pushing work life balance to prevent leadership burnout, and encouraging non-profits to seek experts of business administration, to help grow or sustain the success of their organizations.
Jonathan, Melinda, Karissa (2011), Tristen (2012), the Rhodesian Ridgeback (Chaya), and a flock of mostly Buff Orpington Chickens, live in the Georgetown suburbs of Austin, TX. Outside of Jonathan’s work with Messiah Echad and RLB Echad, he enjoys target shooting, ranching, music, and community outreach. Our Rebbetzin (Melinda) enjoys DoTerra Essential Oils, art, reading, and teaching younger women. And together, they enjoy archery, cabin camping, canoeing, cycling, foster-adopt discussions, golf (though Melinda just drives the cart), and visiting local wineries. Should you ever find yourself in Central TX, wanting to talk scripture or drive the golf cart, be sure to contact Jonathan and visit Messiah Echad.
Harry Zeplin, Elder and Administrative Pastor
A native Texan with experience working all over the world, and in numerous different disciplines; Harry Zeplin is truly that wise man, who stands at the gates. From spending time as a Pregnancy Resource Chairman, to working on Off Shore Drilling Rigs (Halliburton), Harry is more than ready to help lead in every situation, while also serving the needs of every person. So as an Administrative Pastor and Elder at Messiah Echad, Harry (a) oversees administrative projects such as agendas for leadership team meetings or articles in our newsletter, (b) helps guests along the process toward becoming members, while encouraging members to consider deeper service opportunities, and (c) supports the Rabbi in handling operational and personnel matters. To learn about P. Harry, we invite you to hear about his personal journey to Messianic Judaism and Messiah Echad.
Outside of Messiah Echad, and as the Owner / President of Zeplin Inspection Services, Harry travels to fabrication shops, to inspect Refinery and Chemical Plant Equipment. Harry had previously completed studies in Mechanical Engineering at San Jacinto College, and further plans to begin Online Theological Studies at Grand Canyon University, but he has already gleaned so much about life and godliness, from serving in the United States Air force. The time was Vietnam, Harry was an Air Traffic Controller and Tactical Aircraft Weapons Technician… but a downed soldier prompted Harry to leave his post, rescue his comrade, and later receive some medals (from having sustained gunshot wounds). And for those who can see the parallels to ministry training, imagine how pleased God is in us, when we leave our comfort zones to win back, those who have been overtaken by the enemy.
On a personal level, Harry has been married to Laura since the mid-seventies and The Zeplins have four children, with nine more grandchildren. The decades of knowledge they have about Life in Texas and the Journey one makes from being Southern Baptist to Exploring the Jewish Roots of our faith, is worth every minute of that drive out to Taylor. And don’t you worry about packing a snack; Laura is one of those hospitable women who will have a glass of tea and a sandwich, waiting for you when you arrive. So if you want to learn more about the things we do at Messiah Echad or maybe you want to talk about ways you can help serve, make sure to reach out to Harry and or chat with Laura, after the service.
Duane Smale, Elder and Associate Pastor
Having felt the call of G-d upon being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ at the age of 14, Duane Smale began preparing at a young age, to become a light, to an increasingly dark world. For 11 years he attended and trained under his pastor and future father in law at a conservative Apostolic Church. The mentorship was powerful, and Duane went on to shine in a United Pentecostal Congregation, serving as a Youth Pastor, Teacher, and Home Group leader. After multiple years of leadership training and three years as a small group leader, Duane was called to plant a daughter work church in Southern California, and subsequently spent years learning about church dynamics and leadership. When work led him overseas, he preached and taught at a UPC Church in Guam, where Duane fell in love the Chamorro culture and people… “Hafa Adai” (“Hello” in Chamarro)! Beautiful times. So now, as an Elder and Associate Pastor at Messiah Echad, Duane (a) serves as an associate in teaching the congregation messages that develops their light, (b) helps members to connect with their unique, G-d given gifts or abilities, and (c) supports the Rabbi in handling operational and personnel matters. To learn more about P. Duane, we invite you to hear; Personal Journey, and Praise Teaching.
The short and skinny to the transition, started approximately 18 years ago where during his studies, Duane began to ask why the modern day church no longer followed the laws of G-d. Instead, many allow the traditions of man, and the church of Rome, to dictate the “laws of the church”. (many of us, have wondered the same). As the years went on, it became increasingly more difficult to accept how “the church” altered G-d’s law since G-d himself said His laws where everlasting, forever and ever, and from generation to generation. So while seeking a congregation that still followed G-d’s laws, and believed in Messiah… looking for a congregation that accepted all peoples, Jews, Christians and seekers, His wife came upon Messiah Echad. Talk about finding exactly what the heart longed for; G-d gave Duane’s Family, precisely their desires!
On a personal level, Duane has been married to his childhood sweetheart and best friend, Delilah, for 26 years, and they have two wonderful children. Outside of the home, and Messiah Echad, Duane has enjoyed the construction field for over 29 years, and has risen to be an acting superintendent. As you may imagine, Duane can be found, often, in his garage building furniture, making cabinets, or gearing up for various repair projects. And when he sets the tools down, it is off to Lake Travis on Lago Vista for Fishing, or the Texas Brush, for Deer Hunting. So if you ever want hear about cool things, or talk about better using your spiritual gifts, reach out to Duane, and or chat with Delilah, after the service.
Dee Cobb, Hospitality Support
As a Native Texan, Mrs. Dee grew up in Victoria Texas, in a Southern Baptist home. Dee’s love for the Word of G-d and gift of hospitality started early on, when her mother would take her to nursing homes to minister, and read the Bible to residents. Today, Dee leads our Hospitality Ministry, ensuring we have all the thoughtful added touches to our services, and shared meals. Dee strives to ensure all guests and members feel welcome and connected to Messiah Echad, with acknowledgement and encouragement, through your service, sorrows, and celebrations.
After starting her career of 12 years in broadcasting as Technical Director for ABC/CBS in Victoria/Austin, TX, she moved into Food Service, and found her place, serving and helping people. In 2008, the Cobb’s moved to Georgetown, and Dee was grateful to become a stay at home wife. This allowed her to give to her family, and congregation, while enjoying her passions. She loves cooking, baking, camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and gardening.
Outside of her career, Dee was involved in serving as a Sunday school teacher, and Christian youth camp counselor, where she imparts her love of the Lord to the next generation. She has been happily married to Kevin for 21 years, and has helped raise her 2 nephews and 2 step children, as well as being involved in her 3 grandson’s lives.
In 2011, Dee started questioning where the traditions of her Christian faith came from. ie, Christmas, Easter, etc. After researching, she was convicted that they were not what she should be celebrating. Her follow up question, was, “If not these holidays, what should I be celebrating?” Her studies lead her to Torah, and who we are in Christ, and what we should be celebrating. With her new desire to worship on Shabbat, celebrate the feast days, and connect with like minded believers, she was lead to Messiah Echad in 2014. As soon as she walked through the doors, she felt the love of Yeshua from the people there, and knew she had found her church home. Should you find yourself with a need, or wishing to serve on the Hospitality Team, be sure to reach out to Dee, as she truly is a gem.
A Word About Our Elders…
Gather… men, whom you know to be the elders of the people… bring them to the tabernacle of meeting, that they may stand there with you… I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them… Then the Lord came down in the cloud… and took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed the same upon the elders; and it happened, when the Spirit rested upon them, that they prophesied… Oh, that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put His Spirit upon them! (Numbers 11:16-29). And this is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. (I Timothy 3:1). And finally, our labor is never in vain in the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58), as even Moses could not do it alone.
A Word About Our Women…
To repair the house of the Lord… they came to… Huldah the prophetess… they spoke to her… Then she answered them… “Thus says the Lord God of Israel… because your heart was tender and you humbled yourself before God… I also have heard you”… (Then) the king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem… and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments… with all his heart and all his soul (II Chronicles 34:8). Oh how our women can effect positive change for the Lord, as there is neither male nor female, for we are all one in Messiah (Galations 3:28) and few can teach the young women to honor Him, as another woman can (Titus 2:3-5).
Messiah Echad, started as the 501(c)3 not for profit ministry founded by Pastor (Rabbi) Jonathan L. Dade in November of 2013, to serve the spiritual needs of Hebrew Christian (Torah Observing), Messianic Jewish and Non Religious Believers around Central Texas. Our primary focus was to be a fellowship who honored key principles from the old testament for theological, practical or cultural reasons, while also walking in the unconditional love and grace of the new testament. And to this day, we remain mindful of the biblical feasts, observant of the holy days (i.e. Seventh Day Sabbath) and respectful of the commandments, while also remembering that our Messiah upheld the law and gave us the ultimate commandment of love… but our ministry has grown much larger than Central Texas! And in April of 2015, we even released an album, Awakened at Messiah Echad, which showcases our praise and worship. So join us for fellowship and consider allowing Messiah Echad to be your apostolic, charismatic covering that is messianic and scripture based.
Mission and Vision
To serve Hebrew Christian (Torah Observing), Messianic Jewish and Non Religious Believers, by showing people how to love God (Deuteronomy 6:5), love their neighbor (Mathew 22:39) and love their Savior (John 14:15)… we exist to serve, show, and love, globally.
Statements of Faith
- We believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, known as Elohim, El Shaddai, Adonai, Elyon, or simply, Yahweh.
- We believe in the Son of God, Born to Joseph and Mary of Nazareth, known as Yeshua (Jesus), or simply, Messiah.
- We believe in the Holy Spirit or Ruach Hakodesh, a Gift from Yahweh, made of nine manifestations that transform lives.
- We believe Messiah died and was raised again, to give us everlasting life and an intimate connection with the Ruach.
- We believe in a second birth through the Blood of Yeshua and a manifestation of that new life, by following His Commandments.
- We believe in One Body (Echad), made of Christian, Jewish and Non Religious Believers, worshipping together in love (UNITY).
- We believe in membership that is based on the wholly inspired Word (66 Books), calling us to tithe, serve, love and be genuine.
- 08 February 2017, Georgetown, TX – Melinda Dade – Rebbetzin Makes Appearance in A Climate Change Story
- 16 January 2017, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Rabbi Jonathan and Chief Nero Pray for Leaders on MLK Day
- 11 January 2017, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Letter To Editor, Thanking Brad Stutzman for Articles
- 04 January 2017, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Messianic Jewish Congregation Celebrates Chanukah
- 30 December 2016, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Mayor of Georgetown, proclaims Messiah Echad Day
- 25 December 2016, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Chanukah Lighting, on the Square at Ninth and Main
- 09 November 2016, Austin, TX – Messiah Echad – Testimonial for Golden Arm Media, Showcasing Messiah Echad
- 12 October 2016, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Celebrating The Start of Rosh Hashanah
- 25 September 2016, Georgetown, TX – Jonathan Dade – Letter To Editor Addressing Overflow of Hatred
- 11 September 2016, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Hero Visits Congregation (John Wayne Walding)
- 13 July 2016, Georgetown, TX, – Jonathan Dade – The Backstory Guide on Rabbi Jonathan
- 15 May 2016, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Let Us Have Jewish Christian Unity (Editorial)
- 04 Mar 2016, Georgetown, TX – Messiah Echad – Combining The Old and New Testaments
- 20 April 2016, Colorado Springs, CO – Jonathan Dade – Veteran Notes on United Healthcare Ride2Recovery
- 18 April 2016, Waco, TX – Jonathan Dade – Veterans Roll Toward Recovery In Weeklong Bike Ride
- 17 April 2016, Georgetown, TX – Jonathan Dade – Ex Soldiers (and prior Sailors) Cycle Texas
- 11 April 2016, College Station, TX – Jonathan Dade – The Road To Recovery, for Rabbi, LTJG Jonathan Dade
- 11 April 2016, Navasota, TX, Jonathan Dade – Ride 2 Recovery comes through Brazos Valley
- 10 April 2016, Houston, TX. Jonathan Dade – Hundreds of Veterans Ride To Support Clay Hunt
- 03 Apr 2016, Georgetown, TX. Messiah Echad – Georgetown Messianic Congregation Hopes To Build New Sanctuary…
- 20 December 2015, Georgetown, TX. Rabbi Jonathan and Police Chief Wayne Nero Celebrate Hanukkah
- 13 December 2015, Austin, TX. Governor Gregg Abbot and First Lady Cecilia, send Special Greeting
- 11 December 2015, Georgetown, TX. Messiah Echad. – Mayor of Georgetown, proclaims Messiah Echad Day
- 04 December 2015, Georgetown, TX. Jonathan Dade – Pearl Harbour Surprise Attack Inspired a Generation to Serve
- 29 May 2015, Williamsburg, VA. Jonathan Dade – Wounded Warriors Pass Through Williamsburg for Ride 2 Recovery
- 19 May 2015, Washington, DC. Jonathan Dade – 2015 United Healthcare Challenge Series: Memorial Challenge
- 10 May 2015, Georgetown, TX. Messiah Echad – Reverent Salute, National Day of Prayer
- 30 April 2015, Colorado Springs, CO. Jonathan Dade – Talking With Heroes Radio Program
- 29 April 2015, Georgetown, TX. Jonathan Dade – Veterans Roll Through To Raise Awareness
- 21 April 2015, Killeen, TX. Jonathan Dade – Veterans Pedal Through Area
- 20 April 2015, Houston, TX. Jonathan Dade – Injured Veterans Pass Through Central Texas
- 20 April 2015, College Station, TX. Jonathan Dade – Ride 2 Recovery Bicycle Trek Provides Respite for Veteran…
- 19 April 2015, Bryan, TX. Jonathan Dade – Veterans Cycle 490 Miles Across Texas
- 19 April 2015, Culver City, TX. Jonathan Dade – Dorsett, US Veterans Take Part in Ride 2 Recovery
- 19 April 2015, College Station, TX. Jonathan Dade – Veterans Cycle 490 Miles Across Texas
- 18 April 2015, Killeen, TX. Jonathan Dade – Veterans Pedal Through Central Texas
- 21 December 2014, Georgetown, TX. Messiah Echad – Festival of Lights (Chanukah)
- 24 March 2014, College Station, TX. Jonathan Dade – Wounded Veterans Heal Through 450mile Bike Ride
- 21 March 2014, Houston, TX. Jonathan Dade – Injured Veterans to Cycle 490 Miles from Houston to Arlington
- 07 March 2012, Atlantic City, NJ. Jonathan Dade, on behalf of Frito Lay, receives a proclamation of Frito Lay Day