In addition to his role as CEO of Jesus' Economy, John serves as a Missionary with Resurrect Church Movement, the division of Jesus' Economy dedicated to equipping North American churches to effectively alleviate poverty and share about Jesus. His new book is titled Jesus' Economy: A Biblical View of Poverty, the Currency of Love, and a Pattern for Lasting Change. John and his wife Kalene travel regularly to spread the message of Jesus' Economy and equip churches. You can support them here.
John is the General Editor of Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary and the author/coauthor of 15 books, including The Resurrected Servant in Isaiah, Connect the Testaments: A 365-Day Devotional, and Cutting Ties with Darkness. John also serves as a Scholarly Advisor for non-profits and ministries, as President and frequent preacher for a church plant in a primarily unchurched neighborhood, and as the Intern Pastor at Faith Reformed Church (where he preaches and teaches weekly and has designed new disciple making and local missions strategies).
John formerly served as founding Publisher of Lexham Press for Faithlife Corporation (makers of Logos Bible Software). During his eight-year tenure at Faithlife, he also served as Editor-in-Chief of Bible Study Magazine, which he took from conception to reality in under six months and led for six years.
John coauthored and is the video speaker for DIY Bible Study and is the editor or coeditor of 17 volumes total. He has also published over 150 articles, both scholastic and popular-level, ranging in subject from academic biblical studies to pastoral ministry to how best to help the impoverished. John’s career—if you don’t count his childhood door-to-door sales career and lawn mowing businesses—began as a contractor for one of the world’s largest companies, working as a computer aided drafter. While in high school and college, he taught percussion and recorded professionally.
Previously, John served as the Treasurer for a multi-million-dollar, 90-year-old mission to the homeless, as Co-Chairman for a government appointed advisory board for the developmentally disabled, as Community Relations Coordinator for a developing world non-profit, and as founding President of a church plant. He also cofounded and directed a successful parachurch ministry, which in addition to its community ministry and community relief fundraising, funded the drilling of six water wells in Bihar, India. As part of that role, John preached weekly and conducted pastoral services.
John cites the center of his education as mentorship by other pastors, non-profit leaders, and executive-level business leaders, as well as reading every book that interests him (which is a lot). Prior to going full-time with Jesus' Economy, John also apprenticed in the developing world under a successful non-profit director and pioneering missionary. He also cites his roots in the last great frontier of Alaska, where he was born to a man who went from the projects of Oakland to directing a project that literally required building an island, and a woman who went from poverty to leading ministries.
But John is also professionally trained as a pastor: he holds an M.Div. from Trinity Western Seminary (ACTS Seminaries) and a Certificate of Fitness for Ministry from the Reformed Church in America, where he is a licensed candidate for ministry. John also holds research degrees in biblical scholarship: an M.A. and a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University, where he completed undergraduate and graduate level work in three ancient languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Syriac). John received an A.A. in General Studies (from Whatcom Community College) while in high school and studied abroad in London as part of that program. He also earned a leadership certificate in government and non-profit leadership (from Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce).
The idea for Jesus’ Economy came from God as words John heard loudly in the middle of a night. These words connected with a long history of God saving John’s life multiple times, performing a documented miracle in his life (overcoming a severe speech impediment), and then calling him to “speak truth to the nations.”
Follow John on Twitter, connect with him on LinkedIn, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, and see his spirituality blog here on Jesus' Economy. John regularly speaks on how best to help the impoverished and would love to hear about your event and consider speaking at it.