John is motivated by making a difference in the lives of those with whom he serves.
For 30+ years, John has touched the hearts and tickled the funny bone of more than two million young people, families, and educators, as a Youth Minister, high school Teacher, Retreat Director and Development Director. Throughout that time, John was thrilled to present meaningful and dynamic programs to schools, churches and service organizations.
John earned his B.S. in Communications and Public Relations from Illinois State University. He is certified to administer, score and present the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator. He also holds a Youth Ministry Certificate from Loyola University. To further exercise both sides of his brain, John spent a year studying Theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a year in an MBA program at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.
One of John’s proudest moments was in 2004 when his many years of portraying a homeless man to fight intolerance and injustice was recognized by the Southern Poverty Law Center with a certificate, signed by Rosa Parks, and his name engraved on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama.
For his service to the Church he has been honored with the Joliet Diocesan Bishop Sartain Award, an Apostolic Blessing from Pope John Paul II, the Columbian Squires Award from the Knights of Columbus, and the Faith & Zeal Award from La Salle Manor Retreat Center.
Recently he moved from Illinois to make Gig Harbor, Washington his home. From there he books presentations across the country and beyond. Recently, John traveled to Lithuania where he spent three weeks training and inspiring students and adult leaders for Operation Snowball. Yes, he travels everywhere!
John has been married to Laureen since 1987, has three adult children, two grandchildren and two Chihuahuas (barely dogs).