John is the co-founder of Underground Seminary and Parish Instructor at Church of All Nations.
John grew up on a farm near Blue Earth, MN. After graduating from Bethel University and Bethel Seminary, he served as coordinator of Internship Program at Church of All Nations (CAN) from 2009-2013, focusing on pastoral training of seminary graduates through intensive “life together.” This experience informed his MTh thesis at Luther Seminary, where Bonhoeffer’s ecclesiology and Bourdieu’s social theory has helped him rethink ministry in our age of neoliberal globalization. He believes that discipleship is essentially a decolonizing of the body from the reflex of fear to love, and trusts that critical theological reflection coupled with daily life together as a seminary household can make discipleship real. He lives with his wife, Seulgee, in a household with two other families from Church of All Nations.