My name is John, and I am the author of two books, with a third set to be released in Spring 2020. I’m also a speaker, podcaster, community advocate, and nonprofit consultant.
On this site I write about some of the topics that are most important to me: faith, culture, the church, and life together in the neighborhood. I also explore creativity, the writing life, and how people like me—the dreamers, the distractible, the multi-passionate, makers and artists, rebels and romantics, the expert amateurs and the amateur experts—make things and make things happen.
I am the co-author of Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (2014) and Besides the Bible: 100 Books That Have, Should, or Will Create Christian Culture (2010), both from InterVarsity Press. Slow Church draws inspiration from Slow Food and the other Slow movements to re-imagine how local churches can be more faithfully rooted in the place and pace of their neighborhoods. The book received a coveted starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, as well as glowing feature-length reviews from Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Sojourners, and many other publications.
Formerly the Managing Editor of CONSPIRE Magazine and Deputy Editor of the Burnside Writers Collective, my essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in RELEVANT, Books & Culture, the Englewood Review of Books, and in other newspapers and magazines around the country. I’m also a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle.
I’ve been a guest speaker at more than 75 events since June 2014. This includes conferences, retreats, churches, and at colleges and universities around the country.
Over 15 years as a professional grant writer I have helped secure more than $43 million in grant funds. From 2007 to 2011, I was the cofounder and lead writer for Cascadia Resource Consultants (CRC), a grant writing and funding development company. In four years, CRC helped secure more than $32.5 million for its clients, including school districts, colleges, universities, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits. After 2011, I served as the grants manager for the Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Salem Art Association, and the Silver Falls School District.
I currently serve as a rural community advocate in Oregon and northern California. I launched The Resourceful Community in 2015 to help teach an abundance-based approach to grant writing, nonprofit development, generative conversations, and community engagement.
I live with my wife, Kate, and our two daughters in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley.
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