JOHN W. VEST has been in ministry for fifteen years, the last nine of which as the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. In 2014 he served as the Moderator of the Presbytery of Chicago.
Growing up as a functional fundamentalist, his faith was deconstructed while studying religion at Rice University and he was born again as a progressive Christian while studying ministry at the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he also went on to complete the coursework for a PhD in Hebrew Bible. After deciding that he no longer wanted to write Bible commentaries, he earned the Doctor of Ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary, with a thesis on “Post-Christendom Confirmation.” An enthusiastic pitmaster, John dreams of one day achieving the mystical union of church and BBQ.
In June John will leave Fourth Church to become the Visiting Assistant Professor of Evangelism at Union Presbyterian Seminary.
If you are interested in John’s full CV, you can download it here.