Deacon John is a native of Pennsylvania. His education includes a BS from CSUN, Northridge, California, an MBA from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, a Degree in Lay Ministry from Christ College, Irvine, California, and is rostered as a Commissioned Minister with a Degree in Educational and Outreach Ministry from Christ College, Irvine, California.
John has served on a number of church boards, such as Education, Elders, and Congregational President. Upon graduation from Christ College in 1991 he served at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Granada Hills California, as Director of Christian Outreach and developed a youth program that included groups from first grade through Sr. High School. He also served as Pastor's Assistant. He lead worship, taught Sunday School, Confirmation and various Bible Studies. He also conducted home visits. In 2007, he assumed the role of Pastor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church Lindsay, California. In addition to leading worship at Saint Paul's, Deacon John supports the church's youth program.
John is a retired Naval Officer, serving 23 years of combined active and reserved Navy duty. He also served as a Director of Quality Assurance in the aerospace industry managing a balanced multi-million dollar budget.
John is married to Sheryl, who has been his companion in team ministry. They bring into their marriage seven children, 17 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Deacon John and Sheryl love quiet time at home with their pets. They enjoy traveling to Southern California several times a year to visit family and friends.