John grew up in Dallas, Texas, and attended Oklahoma State University where he was discipled by an older member of his fraternity and later by a college ministry staff member. Through this discipleship process, God graciously gave John a heart and vision to love others and share the gospel with the lost and make disciples. After graduating from Oklahoma State, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in religious studies, John went on staff with a campus ministry at OSU. In 2013, John and his wife, Jess, moved to Memphis to help plant a church and be on mission in the city. After spending the some time in the marketplace, John joined the Downline staff as the Director of the Emerging Leaders program. John is also pursing his Master of Divinities through Southern Seminary. John has been married 5 years, has a son, and has a daughter on the way!