John was born in the southwest area of Atlanta, Georgia, and was raised there and in nearby Decatur, Georgia. He attended Georgia State University where he graduated in June, 1977, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management with a minor in Marketing.

Upon graduation, John accepted a sales position with an equipment supplier in the Supermarket Industry. After 25 years working in Georgia, he became regional sales manager for the eastern United States. He travels often in his work which, though difficult at times, has provided him the opportunity to visit places he has never seen. His relationships with customers have been based on honesty, loyalty and dependability, resulting in tremendous growth for the region.

John has served in church wherever he has been a member: as a deacon, in the youth department, and on the Building and Maintenance Committee (Chairman). In his current church, John helped start a new campus in Snellville, Georgia, working with dedicated Christian men and women every Sunday to convert an elementary school, and later a high school, into a temporary house of God. Growing from 100 members, the church now has a permanent location, offering three services to make room for all who wish to attend. John continues to serve as an usher at the 9:00 am service.

For more than 4 years, John and Phyllis have hosted a small group in their home. This led to meeting Chuck and Beverly Graham, learning about Ciloa, and experiencing EON!, Chuck’s study of Biblical Encouragement. In 2019 John joined the Ciloa Board of Directors, dedicated men and women striving to share its ministry of encouragement and “Encourage one another as long as it is today”. John has also written two Notes of Encouragement.

John married Phyllis, the love of his life, in 1977. Determined to live their lives for God, in good times and bad, they have relied on Him to see them through. They were blessed with 2 beautiful girls who have married and blessed them with 4 grandchildren. John and Phyllis live in Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA.