John serves at Biola University as the Director of Global Learning and teaches in the department of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. A former pastor, he holds an M.A. degree from Biola University, an M.A. degree in Philosophy of Religion from Talbot School of Theology, and a Ph.D. degree in Intercultural Studies from The Cook School of Intercultural Studies. His dissertation focused on deconversion from Christianity to atheism.
Prior to pursuing graduate studies he served in a pastoral role at two churches in Canada where he is originally from. John has filmed numerous episodes on The Christian Global Television Network, which broadcasts into over 160 countries. He is a regular guest on the Apologetics.com radio program on 99.5 KKLA in Los Angeles, addressing various contemporary topics relevant to the Christian faith. His radio program Culturally Speaking can be heard weekly on Hope Stream Radio. John is the author of A Recipe For Disaster: How the Church Contributes to the Deconversion Crisis (Wipf & Stock, 2018).
John is the Director for Cultural Engagement with the Renaissance Forum which focuses on connecting calling to culture for societal wellbeing. He is also an editorial consultant at the Center for Christian Thought at Biola University. John speaks at churches and conferences on topics related to biblical studies, philosophy of religion, deconversion, and the relationship between the Church and culture.
I have three main areas of interest and research: the sociology of religion, (specifically the phenomenon of deconversion from Christianity to atheism) the relationship between Christianity and culture, and to a lesser extent the philosophy of religion. Most of my time is spent on thinking about deconversion, or the loss of religious faith. It is my hope that my research into deconversion can help two groups within the Christian Church engage with the phenomenon of deconversion in a meaningful way.
First, I hope that my work will aid parents and church leaders to understand why people abandon the Christian faith. Some of the problems are of our own making. Surprisingly, a certain sort of apologetics may even contribute to deconversion. Second, I would like to be a resource for and aid to those who are within the Church but are wrestling with retaining their faith. Belief in Jesus in the 21st century is not easy. I understand the doubts and misgivings that believing in Jesus can give rise to because they often exist in me as well. Too often the Church has offered simple answers to deep, complicated and troubling questions. I would like to counter that through engaging in meaningful, honest dialogue about the Christian faith.
Above all seek to honor Jesus through my research. It is my hope that in all things I will represent him well, by being clothed in humility, grace, and respect for others.