Lon Solomon was born and raised in a Jewish home in Portsmouth, VA. While in college, Lon’s life became a relentless search for meaning and purpose. He sought to fill the void he felt on the inside with fraternity life, partying, gambling, and a serious drinking problem. When all this failed to supply the inner peace he was seeking, Lon became deeply involved in drugs, both as a user and a distributor. He turned to “spiritual” things at this point, diving into psychedelics, Eastern religions and even attempting a return to mainstream Judaism. But all this failed to resolve his inner turmoil, and he decided that suicide was the only reasonable way out.
It was at this time that Lon met a street evangelist in Chapel Hill, NC who began to talk to him about Jesus Christ. God worked powerfully through months of interaction with this man, resulting in Lon’s decision to accept Jesus as his personal Savior and Messiah in the spring of 1971.
Lon is a marvelous example of God’s transforming power in action. Subsequent to his decision to accept Christ, Lon was able to quit the drug and alcohol abuse that had plagued his life for years. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Chemistry (1971). He completed a Th.M. degree in Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary (1975, summa cum laude). He completed graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Studies in 1979. He taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary from 1975-1980. In 1980, Lon became the Senior Pastor at McLean Bible Church. He received a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005.
Lon has been on the Board of Jews for Jesus since 1987, where he now serves as chairman of the Board’s executive committee. In September 2002, Lon was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in his administration as a member of the President’s Committee on Intellectual Disabilities. Lon served two two-year terms in this capacity. Lon is the author of the book, Brokenness—How God Redeems Pain and Suffering and The 23rd Psalm for the 21st Century.
Lon and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1974. They have four children. Jamie is a 1999 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 2003 graduate of medical school, and is a pediatric anesthesiologist in the Navy. Justin is a 2006 graduate of University of Michigan Law School and is an equity partner in the firm of Kirkland and Ellis. Jonathan is a 2008 graduate of Johns Hopkins University and is working as a CRNA at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC. Jill, their daughter with special needs, and the namesake of Jill’s House was born in 1992. Lon and Brenda also have eight grandchildren.
Lon’s 30-minute, Sunday radio broadcast called “So What?” can be heard weekly on a variety of radio stations. “So What?” characterizes the essence of Lon’s timeless message: What difference does the Bible make for our lives in the 21st century? His practical, humorous and down-to-earth treatment of Scripture is refreshing, challenging and always entertaining. Over the years, this broadcast has pointed thousands of people in the DC area to Christ.
Lon also has 60-second radio spots called “Not a Sermon, Just a Thought” that air on secular radio stations throughout the DC area. Using common-sense language, these spots prompt non-Christian listeners to think about the validity of the Christian message for their lives. For decades, this ministry has prompted otherwise uninterested people to begin asking and seeking answers to questions about Jesus.