John grew up in the Hixson Community of Chattanooga, TN. He graduated from Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA with a degree in Religion and earned his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Before being appointed to Bradbury United Methodist Church, he worked full-time in the grocery industry. Previous Knoxville appointments include Lincoln Park UMC, Colonial Heights UMC, and First Farragut UMC. John is married to Gincy, who teaches at Farragut High School. They have two sons, Kile and Maxwell, a cat, Trip, and a "foster-fail" grand-dog, Willow. John enjoys reading and gardening.