John grew up in the Kalamazoo area and attended college at Taylor University in northern Indiana. He has served on both the administrative staff and the program staff of Gull Lake Ministries and has also served as a missionary for Youth for Christ. John has also served as the Small Groups Pastor at Gracespring Bible Church near Kalamazoo. He earned his Master Degree at Jerusalem University College. John brings to his position at Alongside previous administrative experience, an understanding of pastoral ministry, and an understanding of many of the struggles that missionaries face as they seek to learn and adapt to a new culture. John and his wife Melanie have three daughters.