Pastor John was born in Youngstown, OH but grew
up in a suburb of Cleveland OH similar to the Lakes area community.
Although he was raised in a Presbyterian church, he did not become
actively involved with the church until his senior year in high school,
preferring to spend Sunday morning on the golf course or camping with
friends. He attended Utah State University in Logan UT, to study
forestry, ski and enjoy the dry western climate. Along with another
student, Ron Watters, John began a Campus Crusade for Christ fellowship
group. The group grew from 2 to 20 the first year and to 40 students
the second. While in prayer his senior year in college, God showed John
that he had been placed in this leadership position to prepare him for
Enrolling in Gordon-Conwell
Theological Seminary to see the east coast and study urban ministry.
During his first year at seminary, John met Carol who was a research
scientist at the Polaroiod Corporation. She was developing sysethsis
processes for the chemicals in the instant film. There were married in
1976 at the Colchester Community Church. John then graduated with a
Masters of Divinity in 1978.
Pastor John's ministry was interrupted when we was stricken with lymphoma in 1994. He had a peripheral stem cell transplant when the cancer reemerged but has enjoyed 9 years of remission. He was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Spiritual Formation in 2005. He has a strong interest in assisting people in developing their spiritual life. Pastor John enjoys hiking, backpacking and gardening with his wife, Carol, who works at Rockwell Medical in Wixom. They recently were given a Beautification Award by the city of Wixom for their landscaping. They have enjoyed 30 years of marriage and have three children--Jennifer, Sarah and Abigail, a sophomore at Walled Lake Central High School.
|Crossroads Presbyterian Church
1330 Welch Rd
Walled Lake, MI 48393