JOHN VEST has been in youth ministry for 12 years, the last seven of which as the Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago where he explores the cutting edge of post-Christendom urban ministry. While he considers northwest Florida his home, he has lived in Chicago longer than anywhere else in his life. 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 is currently completing a Doctor of Ministry project on post-Christendom youth ministry at McCormick Theological Seminary. An accomplished pitmaster, John dreams of one day achieving the mystical union of church and BBQ.
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