While feeling the call to the ministry in college, the Lord laid on John’s heart the borders of Scotland and England and a commitment to this vision was born. Upon graduation, a pastorate in rural Maryland for six years encouraged him and blessed his calling. In 1968, the time was confirmed to begin the next twenty-six years of fulfillment, Grace and joy for him, his wife and their children. Arriving in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England they had an open house ministry known as Maranatha House. as well as ministry in Yetholm,Scotland. Following this, he pastored a 200 year old church , Bathesda Free Church and established a new work called Sharon Christian Fellowship in South Shield, England.
Upon returning to America, while both speaking and helping start a church, he has ministered in Frederick County (MD) Detention Center for twelve years, ten of them as Chaplain. He writes and visits those who go on to longer sentences in state and federal institutions.