John grew up in Dallas, Texas, and came to Christ at the end of high school through a YoungLife leader and some students who loved him and shared the gospel with him over the course of a year. He attended Oklahoma State University where he was discipled by an older member of his fraternity and later by a college ministry staff member.
Through this discipleship process, God graciously gave John a heart and vision to love others and share the gospel with the lost and make disciples. After graduating from Oklahoma State with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in religion, John went on staff with a campus ministry at Oklahoma State where he built relationships, shared the gospel, and made disciples among the Greek community.
In 2013, John and his wife Jess moved to Memphis to help plant a church and be on mission in the city. After spending the last two years in the marketplace, John joined the Downline staff as the Director of the Emerging Leaders program in Memphis and also took on the role of Online Coordinator for Downline Online. Additionally, John is seeking his master of divinities through Southern Seminary.