Vermon grew up in a Christian home—it was through the witness of his mother and his church family that he heard the gospel and decided at the age of 7 or 8 that it was something he believed was true. Looking back, Vermon identifies two further significant moments when he was challenged to own his faith for himself: the transition from junior high into high school, and again when starting college.
Vermon started college studying pre-med before switching to pre-law; both of which were an attempt to run away from the thought of full-time vocational ministry! But God continued graciously and patiently to confirm his call to pastoral ministry, and Vermon eventually went on to study at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Right from his very first class at seminary, it was clear to Vermon that he had done the right thing.
Vermon is currently pastor of Roosevelt Community Church in downtown Phoenix. It has multiple ethnicities and classes represented within its membership, as well as a real concern for helping disadvantaged children in the city. Vermon is also a passionate advocate for fostering and adoption. His experience in pastoring this diverse church family has fed into Gospel Shaped Living, which reflects his passion for helping churches stand united, live distinctively and shine brightly as lights in a dark world.