John comes to the field of education honestly: He was born into a family of educators. “My dad taught at the college and graduate levels, and was a Vice President at a seminary. My three sisters were teachers, as have countless other relatives.” He started his career in 1979 as a teacher at Lexington Christian Academy in Massachusetts, teaching English, Church History, and Journalism. Since then, he has served as a teacher and administrator. For more than 30 years, he has taught a course entitled “Financial Management of Nonprofit Organizations” at the Harvard University Summer School. John also served as Assistant Superintendent of School of the Merrimack School District in Merrimack, NH, and Head of School at four schools in the Southeast.
John was attracted to Oakbrook Preparatory School because of its unique educational philosophy based on the work of Charlotte Mason. Her philosophy focuses on the education of young people as individual creations of God, each with unique gifts and abilities. John’s philosophy of Christian education finds its best expression in the first article of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “The chief end of man is to know God and enjoy Him forever.”
John earned a Bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College (IL) in English literature, a Master’s degree in Church History from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Master and Doctorate degrees from the Harvard University.
Born in Pasadena, California, he and his family have lived in the Midwest, the Northeast, and the South. He loves to read, travel, fish and hunt. John and his wife, Stephanie, are blessed with two daughters and four splendid grandchildren.