JSAW is an action sports ministry making riders into disciples.
Transforming action sports culture
Servant Leadership, Relentless Faith and Authenticity
It all began in 2004 with two visionaries who had a desire to give youth a place to belong and grow in their faith. Jonny Nelson, a 16 year old skater with a passion for evangelism and discipleship and Randy Monroe, a business man who wanted to invest in the community’s youth, partnered with the Louis Palau Association. One year later a massive indoor skate park was opened in Chanhassen, MN. The park served as a positive place for some 3000 youth before funding ran out and JSAW was forced to move in 2007. The skate park was split up and donated to outfit two summer camps in northern Minnesota. For three years JSAW toured the US with groups like the Billy Graham Association doing demonstrations, sharing the gospel and building skate ministries. During this time partnerships were built launching each of our current programs. Since its inception JSAW has shared the gospel with over 140,000 youth and built 13 action sports ministries including projects in Panama, Guatemala, Dubai, Ethiopia, India and Egypt. Today JSAW is made up of small group and mentoring programs that operate out of Help BoardShop and skatepark in Minneapolis, MN. JSAW also produces grants, leadership training and other resources for action sports ministries around the globe in partnership with Christian Skaters, Christian Surfers, WakeWell and Snowboarders for Christ.
JSAW is a 501c3 non-profit organization and our tax ID # is 35-2231614. For more information, view our Non-profit Report on GuideStar.