John is a native Arizonan, having been reared in the agricultural community of Elfrida. In preparation for his 24 year career as a police officer John received degrees from Cochise College and the University of Arizona. He worked for the Douglas, Arizona, Police Department, the Pima County attorney’s office (as a Criminal Investigator) and for the Tucson Police Department. In 1996, while still a Patrol Officer for the Tucson Police Department, John began attending Fuller theological seminary. In 1997 John left police work, accepting a lay ministry position at Northminster Presbyterian Church. He continued in that role until he was ordained as a pastor in 2005, having graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 2004. He is a husband, father of three sons, and grandfather of four boys.