John and Beth were married in 1994 and are the proud parents of Brooke, Beck, Bo, Boss and Blair. John has a doctorate in Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of College Ready, a video experience designed to help students engage college well, and the lead writer and co-producer of a Manhood curriculum called 33 the series. John travels the country consulting and investing in churches, leaders and great ideas wherever he can find them.
John was born and raised in Harlan, Kentucky and played baseball at Asbury College, where he was very involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Through FCA, John connected with Tommy Nelson and moved to Texas to participate in his discipleship program. In 1992, John joined the staff at Denton Bible Church and started his master’s of business administration (MBA) at the University of North Texas.
For 11 years, John got to experience life on staff at Denton Bible Church and help build and direct College Life, Denton Bible Church’s college ministry. John finished his MBA in 1995 and finished Dallas Seminary in 1998. Following his years in Texas, John spent a year in the Church Planting residency program at Fellowship Associates in Little Rock and moved to Memphis in 2003 to co-found Fellowship Memphis, a multi-cultural church ministering in the evolving urban core of Memphis, Tenn.