John is a Southern California native (but has escaped and now lives in Northern California!). He is married and has four children. He is a graduate of Highland Bible Presbyterian College, Los Angeles Baptist College, and Talbot Theological Seminary (part of BIOLA). (He is currently working on a doctoral degree.) His 40 some years of ministry experience include youth ministry, teaching in Christian education settings, pastoring in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, serving as a youth and adult conference speaker as well as a guest speaker in various settings, short term missions involvement, gospel radio, serving on the boards of various Christian organizations, serving a pastor for his local church, and as administrator of Plumas Christian School for nearly 20 years. He currently serves as the general “under-shepherd” of the congregation at Springs of Hope.
Laurie holds a lifetime certification from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) of Lander, Wyoming. (Specializes in many outdoor skills including minimum impact camping, rock climbing skills via top-roping/rappelling). She is a P.E. teacher for many years in the local Christian school, and serves as President of the Board of our local Plumas County Community Recreation Department. Laurie is the head of the women's ministry program at Springs of Hope.
Together, John and Laurie have four grown children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Besides being a terrific pastor (in our opinion) he is also a published author.
Our Pastor's book, HELP! I Don't Understand What Is Happening to My Church... is a lively look at an always hot topic! Having a lot of information in a concise, easy-to-use and easy-to-read format, HELP! is a useful resource tool for any library. Loaded with Scripture, quoting from various Calvinist and non-Calvinist authors, HELP! explores Calvinism's history, why it causes problems for many believers, various interpretations of election/predestination, "free will," God's sovereignty and man's salvation, the decrees of God, early church thinking, insights from Greek grammar, the interpretation of various Bible passages, the atonement, infant salvation, plus a lot more! It explores a fresh look at questions such as does Calvinism have a link with ancient Greek philosophy, is the Calvinist God a moral God, and what about God being "impartial"? It is comprehensive, to the point, and organized in a manner where key areas important to the reader can easily be found.
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