John has been involved in ministry and education for twenty-five years. His first degree was in Latin and Greek. His Masters in ministry is from Union Theological Seminary in New York City (Scripture, contextual theology, praxis methods of teaching and learning). His doctorate is from Boston College, Massachusetts (Theology and Education, 2015).
John has worked in AIDS ministry; psychosocial rehabilitation; and chaplaincy within schools and industry. He writes on the intersection of creativity, American Pragmatism, and practical theology. He co-wrote a Catholic high school textbook on Christology, and contributes regular lectionary reflections for the LGBT+ Catholic group, Dignity USA. He’s the artistic director at LectioEast – an East London group that uses embodied reflection and the liberationist artform ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ to create prayer experiences and to support community organising. He also facilitates creative Christian and interreligious ritual projects.
At St Augustine’s, he’s taught Sacramental Theology; convend seminars on the work of Willie James Jennings; and has helped lead the College’s initiatives around ministry, relationship-building, and oppression.
John and his husband Matias live at St Saviour’s Priory in London’s East End. They are active in St Matthew’s Bethnal Green CofE parish. They love watching Star Trek (Matias is a late convert!); dog-sitting; and cooking Italian and East Asian food.