John grew up in Horseheads, New York, the fourth of eight children. After graduation, John joined the Army and spent three years in Germany. He and his wife Linda have three children and eight grandchildren. His training for ministry was in his home church by his pastor, Alan Brown. In 1987, John planted Cornerstone Baptist Church of Hamilton, New York. The church graduated with a lovely congregation, new parsonage, and church building. In 1999, Baptist Church Planters asked John to serve as Field Director. He works with church plants and missionaries, surveys possible rescue works, and helps established churches that ask for his guidance. He has great wisdom, is capable of analyzing difficult situations and provides steps to resolve issues. John is available for mission conferences and pulpit supply.