John grew up as a missionary kid in Suriname, South America and the Cayman Islands. He received his B.A. in Religious Education from God’s Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio 1984 and his M.A. in Christian Ministries from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana in 1994.
Shanda grew up on a dairy farm in Southern Indiana. Shanda graduated from Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1985 with an RN.
John was ordained in the Wesleyan Church in 1989. His first ministry assignment was a pastorate in Falmouth, Kentucky where he served for ten years. In 1994, John, with his wife Shanda and their three children, followed God’s call to pioneer the work of Global Partners and the Wesleyan Church in the Czech Republic. John served as the Czech Field Director from 1994-2006 and then again from 2008-2009. In 1995 John & Shanda established a non profit called Majak (The Lighthouse) as a platform for ministry in the Czech Republic.. He and his family involved themselves in ministries of teaching English as a second language, sports, camping ministries, and church planting. John served as the Head Coach of the semi-pro football team, the Brno Alligators, for ten seasons. John also oversaw the acquisition, renovation, and development of a large community center as a permanent location for Majak, providing educational, sports, and spiritual services to the community.
In 2006, John returned with his family to the States where John served as the Director of Missionary Funding with Global Partners. His role was trainer and coach to all GP missionaries in process of Partner Development. In 2012 John accepted the position of Director of the JESUS Film Partnership with Global Partners. From 2012 through 2016 this ministry saw more than 700 new churches planted around the world.
John’s vision is to equip, train, and empower leaders for the purpose of reaching lost people with the transforming message of Jesus Christ. John has a passion to see churches become multiplying churches in their regions. John and Shanda have been married for thirty-three years. Shanda is a registered nurse currently working in North Palm Beach. They have three grown children, Travis, Brooke, and Rachael along with three grandchildren - Landon, Jonathan, and Reylin.