Pastor of Caring Ministries
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John has served as a pastor at First Pres since 1995, first as Singles Pastor and more recently as Pastor of Caring Ministries. John provides pastoral response to congregants in moments of vulnerability, and coordinates our church’s multi-faceted care to ensure that no one hurts alone. John is the primary teacher for the Pathfinders Sunday community and officiates many of our church’s memorial services. Prior to his years here, John served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland Florida, and as Singles Associate at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. John grew up in Washington state and attended Seattle Pacific University, where his BA was in Communication. John also earned his MDiv and DMin at Fuller Theological Seminary. John and his wife Deborah have been married since 1991; they have two children and one granddaughter. John’s claim to fame included appearing on two TV game shows for six days, including Wheel of Fortune. He enjoys walking four miles each morning, loves to travel, and is an avid Colorado Avalanche hockey fan. John has written Finishing Well: Biblical Lessons to Maximize Your Later Years; his next book will be Restoring the Wonder of Christmas.