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What I Do For GPC: Lead, love, teach, train,keep us upward and outward focused, and try to keep us from tanking.

What I Do For Fun: Go to the beach with my kids; play pool with Mark, the assistant pastor (and win…sometimes); go out to dinner with my wife to get away from the kids so we can talk about the kids; deep sea fishing with my oldest son; hang with the staff (especially on retreats).

What Makes Me Laugh: My staff.

What Makes Me Cry: My staff.

In A Previous Life (before GPC): I was a rock drummer. I was a music major at Ohio State University (go Buckeye’s, but would you actually win a National Championship, please! By the way, because of the gospel, we accept Wolverines at our church.) I came to California with a Christian rock band but then realized there wasn’t much “Christian” about it so I bailed and went to Bible school.

Best Advice I Ever Received: Be yourself.

Things I Care About: My wife, my kids, my friends, what’s on God’s heart.

Family Matters: My wife is amazing. Not only is she a mother of six, and doing a great job as the Ring Master of the circus, but she has such a huge heart for suffering children around the world. That’s why two of our kids are special needs children we adopted from Vietnam and Africa. Her mom, Ms. Brenda, lives with us, and without her, this would be impossible. My oldest son, Elliott, has a great sense of humor and is a gifted musician, my next oldest, Isabella is our resident artist, Lily is the emotional barometer of the house, she can feel any little disturbance in the peace in the home, Samuel is our energizer bunny, Josiah lights up the house with his smile, and Eva is so cute, if I could fit her on a cracker I’d eat her. The only pictures I have up on my office wall are theirs. They are our world.

My Secret Talent: I can burn things on the grill better than any man alive.

My Favorite Cartoon Character and Why: Yosemite Sam. He is always trying so hard and is so passionate about what he is doing.

Grew Up Where: I haven’t yet, but I was born in Columbus, Ohio.

Favorite Movies: The Dream Team, Shine, A Beautiful Mind

Food I Can’t Live Without: Italian

Favorite Books: The Bible, The Celebration of Discipline, When Heaven Invades Earth, The Secrets of the Vine, In the Grip of Grace – actually anything by Max Lucado, God’s Generals

Favorite Music/Bands: Rush, Traffic, Kansas, Yes (especially old Yes), almost all Contemporary Worship

What Made Me Want To Follow Jesus: I was empty.

Contact information John@GatheringPlaceChurch.org