Young Adult Ministry Director
John joined Bethel International in May 2017 as the church’s first-ever Young Adults Ministry Director. John oversees the ministry for people in their 20s and 30s along with the welcoming and small group ministries at the church.
John graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio in May 2016 with a Master of Divinity degree and specialization in Ecology and Justice. While in seminary, John served as the pastoral intern at Hillard UMC and student pastor of young adult connections at King Avenue UMC in Columbus. After graduation, John spent six months as the pastor at James S. Thomas UMC, a multi-racial congregation in Canton, Ohio. John holds a B.A. in public relations with a minor in sociology from Otterbein University and has previous experience in marketing communications.
John says that his call to ministry is fueled by a desire to create spaces for young people to grow deeper in relationship with God, others and the world. He has a passion for global missions and multicultural ministry that is shaped by his cross-cultural experiences in Cambodia, India and urban area of the United States. John is committed to building ministries that reflect God’s grace and celebrate the diversity of creation. He firmly believes that we are better together.
John has a dog named Piper and enjoys time outdoors, good food and exploring Columbus.