About John

I serve as the Minister at the First Congregational Church of Milton, United Church of Christ. I have been in this role since 2015.

Before my time in Milton, I most recently served as a Pastoral Resident at Village Church in Wellesley, MA. The Pastoral Residency is a full-time two-year ministry which seeks to build on Seminary education in order to equip leaders for a lifetime of ministry. At Village Church, I have led worship and launched a new Wednesday evening dinner church worship service. I have taught confirmation and adult bible studies, assisted with a capital campaign, worked on a committee that is designing a new chapel for our church, provided pastoral care, performed weddings, baptisms, and funerals, and much more. Through it all, I have had the support of incredible pastoral mentors and a strong teaching congregation, who continue to shape me and help me learn the art of ministry.

I graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in 2010 and received a Master of Divinity in New Testament from Union Theological Seminary in 2013.  At Union I received the Hudnut Preaching Prize, the Muilenburg Prize in Biblical Studies and the Travelling Fellowship.

While at Union, I served as a Chapel Minister in James Memorial Chapel, planning and leading daily worship for the seminary community. I also worked as the first Program Coordinator for the new Theology and Economics Lecture Series, which invited preeminent economists to dialogue with the Union community in hopes that their work may be served and informed by the instincts and sensitivities of people of faith. I completed my Field Education at the First Congregational Church of Stamford, CT and my Chaplaincy Internship at St. Lukes Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.   

I was a leader in Union’s Students for Peace and Justice and was active in campaigns addressing the foreclosure crisis and working for a living wage for fast food restaurant workers. Before coming to seminary, I worked as a Firefighter and EMT in North Carolina. Beyond my ministry, I am a violinist and a sailor who loves to cook.

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