Jason Sautel’s parents divorced when he was eight, and he was raised by his father, a Vietnam vet afflicted by the demons of his past—and fatherhood never came natural. To say Jason’s childhood years were rough would be an understatement. Imagine the environment it would take for a ten-year-old child to consider suicide.
When Jason was a sophomore, the school system finally tossed him out. He finished his entire school career without reading a single book, completing a homework assignment, or making any true friends. At age 18, Jason watched his class graduate and receive their diplomas. He was a seasonal firefighter, across the street on the back of a fire engine, hoping no one would recognize him or sense his shame. One year later he found himself in downtown Oakland, assigned to one of the toughest firehouses in the country. Despite his past, he excelled at his job. Against all odds, becoming a decorated firefighter saved his life—but it didn’t save his soul.
Today Jason is a successful business owner, husband, and father—and most importantly, the kind of hero our culture needs: bruised, broken, and ultimately restored by God’s grace. Now Jason divides his time between his emergency medical training business and writing inspiring, Christ-centered messages to his over 500,000 Facebook followers at Jesus. He is all we need.
Jason’s first book, The Rescuer: A Firefighter’s Story of Courage, Darkness, and the Relentless Love That Saved Him, written with D.R. Jacobsen, is currently being contracted with Thomas Nelson Publishers, with a slated release date of Summer ‘2020.
Jason is passionate about helping those who feel hopeless see that they have choices. He loves to walk alongside—either in person or online—those who are hurting to give them the encouragement and hope they deserve. He loves his wife of sixteen years, Kristie, his four two-legged children, his three four-legged children, and appreciates God’s gifts of donuts, surfing, and Maui.