John has trained thousands of church planters and leaders in different contexts and cultures around the world. He was prepared for this task at an early age. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, when he was two, his family moved to Argentina to serve with Christian Reformed World Missions.With Spanish as his heart language, John went on to become fluent in both English and French. John's postgraduate education reflects his dedication to the idea that church planting should be front and center on the missions agenda of churches.
He received a B. A. in Theology from Dordt College and an M. A. in Missions and Church Growth at Calvin Theological Seminary. He recently received his Doctorate in Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. John has authored the book Wholistic Church Growth, which was published in Spanish. He led the team of 22 authors who joined together to produce the book Planting Healthy Churches, then he edited the compilation.
Not only multi-lingual, John is multi-cultural. He has lived one half of his life in Latin America and the other half in the United States. He and his wife were missionaries in Puerto Rico from 1994 to 2001.
John recently moved from the Chicago area to Holland, MI with his wife and children. John loves the game of soccer and plays whenever he has the opportunity.