John Theoharis

Metanoia Prison Ministries Strategy and Development Director
tel: 770-549-6986
jtheoharis@pcanet.org

Before working in full-time vocational ministry, John spent more than ten years in the financial services and private banking industries. As a financial advisor and business development executive, he specialized in the distribution and implementation of asset-backed lending strategies from concept to execution. John built long-term relationships with his clients and partners, and one day realized that what he really loved about his role was the relationships he had built and the service he gave to others. He knew then that God was using this time to prepare him for much more. So, with much encouragement from his wife, John walked away from his corporate career to focus on graduating seminary and pursuing full-time vocational ministry.

Since then, John’s entire focus has been on cross-cultural missions and community outreach ministries. Most recently serving as a missionary on the Global Training and Development Team at MTW and as a missionary to Tanzania, John focused on building outreach ministries designed to disciple, coach, and empower local at-risk youth. Then, in 2015, John was invited by a friend to teach at a local county jail in Georgia. He immediately felt tremendous love for the prisoners and started a weekly life-on-life discipleship group that he eventually took into a local prison as well. Through those relationships, John was led to Metanoia, where he now hopes to use all of his experience and equipping to encourage churches to “remember the prisoner” and to help build sustainable and scalable reintegration ministries that will empower and equip the least of our brothers and sisters with the life-skills and knowledge they need for a successful return to society.

John is an ordained minister and graduate of Metro Atlanta Seminary.  He is currently pursuing his MA in Ministry Leadership at Belhaven University.  John and his wife, Carla, live in Suwanee, Georgia and attend Grace Community Presbyterian Church.