Originally from Stillwater, Okla., John graduated with honors in 1999 from Duke University with degrees in history and economics. After college, he participated in North Carolina Public Allies and worked with Partners for Youth, a tutoring and mentoring program for disadvantaged youth in Durham, North Carolina.
As the first Autry Fellow, John had a wide-ranging experience at MDC, eventually focusing his time on the Program for the Rural Carolinas and on drafting an updated version of the Building Blocks of Community Development.
After two years at MDC, John attended Yale Divinity School, earning a master’s in divinity degree with honors in 2005. He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in February 2006 and took a position as the associate rector at Christ Church in Raleigh, N.C.
In the fall of 2009, John and his family moved to Norfolk, Va., where he works as the rector at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church. In this position, John continues to employ the skills he gained at MDC in building community across differences.