Pastor John came to the Belgrade/Brooten/Elrosa area to serve the Big Grove Crow River Grace Parish in 2014.
Pastor John attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and Luther Northwestern Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He was ordained in 1988 in his home congregation of Granite Falls Lutheran Church in Granite Falls, MN. He has served congregations in Savage and Skaar, Montana; Grand Canyon, Arizona; Browerville, Minnesota; and Fosston, MN.
Pastor John's wife, Lynne, works in the BBE Elementary School as a paraprofessional. Their oldest daughter, Leandra, lives in Columbia Heights, MN with her husband, Jake. Alyssa, their youngest daughter, is attending a graduate school in public health in Aurora, CO.
Pastor John enjoys attending local school activities as well as fishing, hunting, hiking, and other outdoor activities.