Growing up in a military family, John moved every two to four years and attended the base Chapel for Sunday services. While learning a lot about God, it wasn’t until his junior year in high school, after his dad had retired from the military and his family settled down in Washington state, that John’s faith became real. A neighbor invited him to Sunday school where John heard the Gospel, and a short time later, asked Jesus to be his Savior.
John attended the US Air Force Academy and by God’s grace was invited to be a part of a Bible study where he grew in his faith. Following pilot training, John married his high school sweetheart, Jana. For the next 25 years, they moved around the country, including a tour in the United Kingdom, and raised 8 kids, 4 boys and 4 girls. In the midst of this journey, their third child, and second son, Zane, died from leukemia at the age of two.
He and his family first came to RBC in 1995 when John was on a 4-year tour at the Pentagon. Afterwards, following a quick three years on other assignments, John and his family returned to the Pentagon, and RBC, in 2002 where they have been ever since.
John retired from the Air Force in 2007 and is back supporting the Air Force at the Pentagon as a contractor. He has served in various positions at RBC including AWANA, Helping Hands, the Men’s Ministry, Shepherd Groups, and the Deacons.
John is amazed at what happened at the cross where God, who created the universe, humbled Himself by becoming a man, demonstrated His holiness by judging our sin, and then demonstrated His love for us by paying our death sentence Himself, all that we might have the opportunity by faith to restore our relationship with Him.