Before discerning a call to vocational ministry, John worked in the television broadcasting industry, serving as a Sports Anchor/Reporter with CNN and NBC affiliates, where he enjoyed the privilege of interviewing professional athletes such as Mark McGwire, Deion Sanders, Boomer Esiason, Rick Pitino and Antoine Walker. John’s report on the making of the Super Bowl XXXII football in 1998 was broadcast worldwide on CNN Headline News.
However, nothing excites John more than discussing the rescuing love of God and the life-altering Gospel of Jesus Christ.
After studying at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Th.M.), John began his pastoral ministry in 2001.
John’s passions include expository preaching, the doctrines of grace, college basketball, and orphan care ministry, particularly in the global south.
As the Senior Pastor at Capshaw Baptist Church, just outside of Huntsville, Alabama, John is responsible for preaching, leading, vision-casting, and shepherding a diverse flock of Christ- followers. John also remains actively involved in global outreach. For eleven years, he served as an International Board Member of Bethesda Outreach in Hammanskraal, South Africa, an organization which provides physical and spiritual care for children orphaned by AIDS, and his missional endeavors have allowed him, by God’s grace, to preach or lead ministries in nineteen different countries, including Kenya, Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany and Greece.
In 2004, prior to the Summer Olympics in Athens, John led an evangelism seminar in Greece that welcomed participants from over twenty different countries. In November of 2007, John embarked on a trek into the Amazon jungles to assist missionaries committed to reaching the seemingly unreachable. Aside from falling shoulder-deep into Brazilian quicksand—and living to tell about it—he considered that trip one of the most meaningful in which he’s ever been involved.
He also relishes his (much safer) role as an adjunct instructor for an international study program called Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.
John and his wife, Jenine, live in Madison with their two sons, Quinn and Lucas, and two daughters, Olivia and Julia Piper.