“Missions is at the very heart of who God is. His desire is for all people to come to know Him fully and live holy lives in service to Him.”
John committed to serve the Lord at the age of 17, after hearing former WGM Chairman of the Board Roy Lauter preach about sanctification. He told the Lord he would go anywhere and do anything He asked, a promise that led him and his wife, Erica, to serve in Uganda for two years as missionary disciples. After almost a decade spent in the pastorate near Chicago, John is returning to WGM, this time in a new role that will combine Mobilization and Communications departments.
“I believe God has called me to preach, teach and lead others in creating disciple-making movements,” he said. “I felt the Holy Spirit stirring me, and when I got the phone call from Dan and heard his vision, I sensed Jesus was telling us to trust Him and step into this new season of ministry.”
With the vision to double WGM’s missionary numbers in the next five years, John is looking forward to the challenge of taking the helm of the Mobilization and Communications teams.
One of John’s favorite Bible verses is 1 John 2:6 (NKJV), “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” “I love this verse because it reminds me that God’s goal for us is Christ-likeness and to live fruitful lives of victory. I love how this verse expresses the relational nature of God and His desire to share his life with us and work through us to do more than we can ask or imagine.”
John was born and raised in New Jersey. He and Erica have three children: Jackson, Caleb, and Ava. In his spare time, John likes sports, including beach volley ball, being active with this family in the outdoors, guitar, hiking, and date nights with Erica. Their family lives in Noblesville, Indiana.