John is pastor at Woodbrook Baptist Church, Baltimore.
John earned his doctorate in preaching from Brite Divinity School (D.Min., Homiletics, 2003), his Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1988) back when he was proud to be there, and his Bachelors from the University of Virginia (B.A., English and German Language and Literature, 1984).
John is married to the Rev. Susie Ballenger who teaches Bible and Religion and is the Associate Chaplain at St. Paul’s School for Girls. They have two girls.
He enjoys reading Barbara Brown Taylor, Tom Long, Anna Carter Florence, Fred Craddock, Anne Lamotte, Frederick Buechner, Kathleen Norris, Walter Brueggemann, Annie Dillard, and Ted Loder.
He is an avid snow skier, has taken up golf, enjoys hitting the road on his bike, dabbles in woodwork, photography and takes in live music when he can.