John W. Vest currently serves as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to this appointment he served in congregational ministry for fifteen years in the Chicago metropolitan area, most recently as the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. He holds degrees from Rice University (B.A.), the University of Chicago Divinity School (M.Div.), and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and has studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is co-founder of the Progressive Youth Ministry conference and has published a collection of confirmation sermons called It’s Not Conformation. An enthusiastic pitmaster, John dreams of one day achieving the mystical union of church and BBQ.