Lon Wiksell grew up in Iowa, the son of an Assemblies of God Pastor. He completed his first two years of college in Iowa before moving to Springfield Missouri in 1970 working at Evangel University as a computer analyst/programmer where he met his future wife, Fran. They were married in 1972 and have two sons, Ryan (1979) and Brendon (1982) and five grandchildren.
He later worked for Drury University and Missouri State University, where he also completed his BS and MBA in 1978. Then after working at Phillips Petroleum Company for ten years in IT Project Management, they moved to Tulsa where Lon studied at Oral Roberts University (ORU) receiving his M.Div. in 1992. At that time he also became a credential minister in the Assemblies of God. In 2013 he received his Doctor of Ministry degree in Messianic Jewish Studies from The King’s University (TKU).
While at Evangel Lon studied “at the feet” of Dr. William Menzie and Dr. Robert E. Cooley, which fueled his interest in the historical context of first century Israel. While working at Phillips, Lon continued his first century interest by reading Biblical Archeology Review, watching Zola Levitt and in 1988 completing the third level of course work necessary for ordination at Berean School of the Bible (now part of Global University).
At ORU he studied under Dr. Brad Young and at TKU under Dr. Ray Gannon, Dr. Bill Bjoraker, Dr. Jeffery Seif, and Dr. Bruce Tucker as well as Pastor Jack Hayford.
Lon and Fran were co-founders and co-leaders of Or HaOlam, a Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Overland Park Kansas, from 1995 to 2002. They then went on to start House of Messiah in 2004, devoted to understanding the words of Yeshua within their historical context and celebrating the seven biblical festivals as a pattern of personal and community life. Lon and Fran merged House of Messiah with Kingdom Living Messianic Congregation, a Tikkun congregation, in 2012, where he now serves as a pastor/elder.