Areas of Expertise
- Nonprofits and NGOs
- Faith-based organizations
- Religion and public administration/policy/United Nations
- Public administration
- International development and policy
Ph.D., University of Oxford
Th.M., Harvard University (Divinity School)
M.Div., Anderson University
M.P.A., Eastern Michigan University
Exploring the role of religious faith in distinguishing Christian faith-based organisations from secular NGOs working with women and children in Cambodia
- Book: Homeless at Harvard: Finding Faith and Friendship on the Streets of Harvard Square (Zondervan, 2013). This book is about John’s experiences with, and the lives of, homeless people who lived next to Harvard University. http://www.homelessatharvard.com
- John’s other publications include papers published in Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion; Journal of Religion & Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought; and the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.
- His book reviews include those published in the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice; Poverty & Public Policy; Anglican Theological Review, and others.
Selected Professional Experience
John’s experience in public administration began in 1997, when he launched and coordinated a county government program in Michigan that provided a direct service to thousands of residents. This required developing partnerships with local government officials, the media, and other stakeholders to ensure the program ran smoothly. After that position, he continued his career in public administration, working in the procurement (i.e. administering RFPs and contracts) of nonprofit organizations that assisted mentally ill and developmentally disabled individuals for a county mental health agency.
His experience in public administration also includes chairing the Charter Review Commission for his hometown in Ohio, in 2006.
He has served twice as a short-term consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in Istanbul, and currently serves as a part-time pro bono consultant for the United Nations Population Fund, supporting the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development.
He’s lived in four countries on three continents.
He has taught university students at Anderson University (Indiana); Ivy Tech Community College; Purdue University College of Technology (Anderson); Mid-America Christian University (online), and Adler University (online).
His academic service includes serving as:
- Convener of interdisciplinary writing groups in the University of Oxford’s Social Sciences Division;
- Member of the Social Sciences Division Training Advisory Group;
- Member of the Oxford Union Library Committee;
- Intern for the Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy;
- Member of the local organizing committee for the 2017 conference of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS);
- Member of the Anti-Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Hub through the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith & Local Communities;
- Reviewer for Nonprofit Management & Leadership.