John was born in Raleigh, lived in Cary and then Fuquay-Varina until he was 11. John’s grandfather ran one of the Gulf gas stations on Main St. in Fuquay before it burnt down in the 80’s. From age 11-18 John spent most of his time on the golf course, beach, and mowing lawns in central Florida. While in Florida John’s Lutheran mother and Baptist father found their way to a Presbyterian church in DeLand. Since then, 1986, John has grown to love the connectionalism and theology of the Presbyterian church. After graduating from DeLand High School John attended and graduated from Greensboro College where again he spent many hours on the golf course playing collegiately for four years. While at GC John felt a nudge to pursue seminary and a career and calling working in the church. John attended Duke Divinity (but with two parents as UNC-Chapel Hill alums, kept faithful to his Carolina athletic allegiance). While at Duke Divinity John did several internships ranging from directing Presbyterian Point Camp, youth work at First Presbyterian Church Durham, a summer with Southeast Alaska Volunteers in Mission, CPE at UNC Hospitals, and at UNC PCM with Ollie Wagner. After completing his MDiv degree John accepted a call to be the Chaplain at McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN. While at McCallie John oversaw the chapel schedule, taught in the Bible department, coached golf, and served on several committees. In the spring of 2008 John accepted the call to be the Associate Minister for Campus Ministry at University Presbyterian Church and started in July.
As the campus minister John works with a congregation of students that ranges from about 50-70 students each year. Students at PCM come by for Thursday night dinner, fellowship, and program, and throughout the week for other activities and worship at UPC. Also John staffs the outreach committees at UPC.
John is excited about his part in this longstanding ministry and UPC’s wholehearted commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s students, faculty, and staff. John has a young daughter, Liza.