John brings over ten years of cross-cultural missions and community outreach and development experience to Mission to North America and Metanoia Prison Ministries. Most recently serving as a missionary on the Global Training and Development Team at Mission to The World, and as a missionary to Tanzania, John focused on building outreach ministries designed to disciple and empower local at-risk youth to become servant leaders in their communities.
Then, while on a break from the international mission field back 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 uses all of his experience and equipping to encourage churches to “remember the prisoner” and to help build sustainable and scalable reintegration ministries which equip our returning citizens with the life-skills and knowledge they need for a successful return to society. As Metanoia’s Associate Director, John is tasked with leading the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic initiatives, co-managing the daily operations, and partnering with Metanoia’s Director to ensure its organizational development goals are being managed and achieved. With his huge heart for the “least of these,” John also has the privilege of serving the prisoners directly every week. He teaches biblically based leadership classes, leads Metanoia’s mentoring programs at his area prisons, and serves on the chaplain team at his main prison. He has built lifelong friendships with some of the prisoners, and he has witnessed God’s miraculous grace at work in their lives, and at work in the lives of so many others. In experiencing these blessings, John’s prayer has become that others would remember that the prisoner is included in the words of Jesus when He says “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
John is an ordained minister and nationally certified chaplain. He is a graduate of Metro Atlanta Seminary, and he is currently pursuing his MA in Ministry Leadership at Belhaven University. John and his wife, Carla, live in Suwanee, Georgia with their dog Cassie and their three cats, Little Boy, Lexington, and Miss Dixie. They attend Grace Community Presbyterian Church where they are both active in discipleship, and he, in teaching ministries as well.