What people have said…

I have found the wisdoms and challenges and suggestions that (John) has offered to myself and the work I do, to consistently bear good fruit. I think this is rather astonishing, actually. I have had many people around me with many thoughts and ideas for many years but I have not been in community with someone who so consistently produces good fruit in context of another’s work.

This has been my experience with John. He is particularly sensitive to nuance, both in surroundings and in thought and movement forward. He is a keen thinker and asks smart questions. I find him a natural coach, drawing from others a greater awareness of what they are about. John is someone to pay attention to, to learn from, and to emulate…

Excerpt—full testimonial here

Dr Cyndy Lavoie, Executive Director CCIM
Colleague

I have developed a deep appreciation for John and his ministry. He has a passion for God’s mission and is gifted with the ability to creatively translate that into curricula and other materials that help individuals connect God’s purpose for their lives with his larger plan for humanity. Over the years, I have repeatedly referenced and been blessed in my own ministry by the materials that he has written and developed. I have no hesitation recommending him to any involved in missions and missiology.

Dr Andrew Mkwaila, Executive Minister, ICA, Missiologist, Malawi.
Fellow cohort, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2009-13

I love what John is doing with his discipleship resource. I appreciate the approach to contextualisation it represents, including the humble offering of an outsider working against the colonial heritage by seeking to empower insiders. And your desire to move from equipping the elite in classrooms to equipping the whole church to serve the missio Dei. It appears to be a very helpful tool for “pushing down” the education of disciples from the “elite” to the whole church. Well done!

Dr Steve Sage, Senior Pastor, Faith Evangelical Presby. Church, Michigan.
Fellow cohort, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2009-13

John is an exceptional person who has shown his capacity for serious work by completing firstly a very rigorous graduate level study program, then enjoying good success in the field with his praxis, before committing himself once more to further graduate studies, resulting in earning his doctorate.

John is to be congratulated for his determination and diligence as both these graduate programs are very demanding, but he has prevailed and can now spend his future applying the benefits of his academic labors based upon the application of critical theology.

The life-changing interaction of those embraced within his field are a testimony to his skills and ability as a teacher and mentor to many. Well done John — you deserve appreciation for all that has been done. It has been our pleasure to work with you in achieving this goal to benefit your fellow-man

Dr Kevin Dyson, President, New Covenant International Inc.
Advisor, Masters Degree, 2003-8 

(The teaching) is opening up minds concerning the purpose that God has for our lives: to be blessed and become a source of blessing for others. And when you are able to understand the teaching, you are freed from every spirit of egotism… You are free from every kind of spirit of selfishness… Every kind of struggling that you are doing in your life, you are doing it, having in mind that purpose (for which) you are doing it: to be a blessing to others.

Dr Richard Sawadogo, Jeunes Serviteurs de Dieu, Burkina Faso.
Doctoral research participant, 2010

John is widely read, academically tenacious and readily able to ‘grasp the nettle’ spiritually… He functions well as a team player on and off the field in a myriad of activities in his local community.

In missiological terms, John dared to stand where few others would and stay standing whenever the pressure surges came… This helped him to gain the focus and mature grasp he has of what can be involved in being the inspiring, authoritative, powerful, innovative, steadfast, sustaining and non-threatening practical presence that he is in far-off lands and cultures.

John identifies closely with God’s global mission. He has  a winning, pioneering spirit. His has the unusual gift of the combination of great intellectual ability with an equally great ability to make practical decisions and achieve organisational goals.

Bob Campbell-Lamerton, Adviser, Leadership & Teamwork Consultant, The Industrial Society (now Work Foundation). Associate, 2009

It is with a sense of privilege that I commend these studies of the Mission Academy, knowing that they will take God’s heart, passion and compassion further and deeper into Africa… Men and women will thank God. I have no doubt that these books will speak to thousands and will continue to speak for many years to come. The man who owns a copy will consider that treasure has fallen into his hands by the grace of God.

Dr Les Norman, DCI.
Director, Course for World Christians, 1988-90

We could hear God speaking through you. You revealed to us the eternal, unchangeable purpose of God, which is mission… Forty-three participants were your faithful listeners, most of them pastors and evangelists… Thank you on behalf of all our committee members, as well as that of the participants. I can assure you that the work was well received and will be used.

David Zopoula, VP, Assemblée Evangélique de Pentecôte.
Coordinator, Mission Academies, Burkina Faso, 2003-08

I have been so much blessed with his conference, because I’ve been here since the beginning of the day, my life is not the same again. I’ve been interceding without knowing what I’ve been doing, now I thank God that through his teaching I’ve known who an intercessor is. So when a problem comes on my side I know what is happening, so I will not be at the back seat, I’ll beat it. Because I know God is on my side.

Felicia, Intercessor
Conference participant, Kenya, 2000

I testify that there is anointing that was going on here. There was the anointing of love, and the anointing in the teachings, by Pastor John. So I thought I had to postpone every other business! And it has taken the hand of God to be here throughout this conference and I’ve not missed a single day!

Peter, Pastor
Conference participant, Kenya, 2000