John graduated from High School in Newark, CA in 1993 and enlisted in the US Navy in 1995 as a Nuclear-option Electronics Technician. He left active duty status in December, 2002. John is very proud of his military service and wears the title of Veteran with honor.
While on active duty, John accepted Christ on July 26, 1998. He moved to Phoenix with his family after his military service was complete to attend Phoenix Seminary and pursue his newfound passion for the Word of God. He grew academically and especially spiritually, pastoring part-time in the city of Maricopa while attending seminary and working full-time in retail management. John earned a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Communications with High Honors from Phoenix Seminary in May 2006.
John became the Senior Pastor of West Greenway Bible Church in June 2007. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities John is an adjunct professor in the Bible department at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, teaching New Testament survey, Biblical Interpretation, Systematic Theology, and Preaching. John also serves on the Executive Council of the Free Grace Alliance and on the editorial board of the Chafer Seminary Journal.
John’s “pastoral passions” are twofold:
- Helping people understand the Bible one passage at a time and apply the lessons to their own life (geeks call that expository preaching)
- Helping Christians grow through personal mentoring, modeling, equipping, and sending (a.k.a. biblical discipleship)
John enjoys studying Ed Parker American Kenpo (a martial art) with his kids, spending time with family, and running. He has been married to his wife, Laura for over seventeen years. John and Laura have four children.
You can find John’s blog “A Biblical Framework” at http://www.biblicalframework.com/.