In addition to his role as CEO, 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 plant house churches. John, his wife Kalene, and their dog Milton travel regularly to spread the message of Jesus' Economy and equip churches. You can support them here. John speaks internationally and would love to visit your church, small group, classroom, or speak at your event.
John is the General Editor of Faithlife Study Bible and Lexham Bible Dictionary and the author/coauthor of 12 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 and as President and frequent preacher for a church plant in a primarily unchurched neighborhood.
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.
John also previously 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 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 non-profit and executive-level business leaders and reading every book that interests him (which is a lot). 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 he also has an M.A. and B.A. in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University, was part of a study abroad program, received an A.A. in General Studies while in high school, completed undergraduate and graduate level work in three ancient languages, earned a leadership certificate, and spent time in the developing world apprenticing under a very successful non-profit director.
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 documented miracles in his life which include him 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, see his spirituality blog and subscribe to his business and leadership blog. John regularly speaks on how best to help the impoverished: He would love to hear about your event and consider speaking at it.