John serves as Lead Pastor of First United of Oak Park, having previously served churches in Boston and Minnesota. He is a graduate of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and of the University of Chicago Divinity School. Ordained in the United Church of Christ, John also holds standing in the Presbyterian Church (USA). As part of his service to the wider church, John is a writer for the UCC’s Daily Devotional, distributed nationwide. Much of John’s focus in ministry has been on the way Christians live their faith outside the walls of the church. John loves all things food-related and spends much of his free time planning menus and cooking for his wife, Heather, and their daughter, Veronica.