John was born and raised in Vancouver. He and his wife Dorothy have two daughters and a son, aged 21, 18, and 13. John is passionate about serving God and people through music and artistic expression. He desires as many people as possible to encounter God meaningfully. John is a musician with experience and training in many styles of music. After years of training at the Vancouver Academy of Music, he went on to study jazz in Montreal at Concordia University and completed a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. Prior to coming to Peace, John has held a variety of positions in academic and church music-ministry environments. He has taught music at the high school and college levels and has served in music ministry in churches of various backgrounds, namely Alliance, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Plymouth Brethren. He is delighted to join the Mennonite tradition. John is a composer, arranger, pianist, keyboardist, singer, recording artist, and conductor with a heart for working with musicians and artists of many kinds in community. He loves the outdoors, and enjoys camping, hiking, kayaking, and swimming.