• B.S. in Aerospace Administration
  • M.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Middle Tennessee State University


John has been in camping since 1985, over 35 years. He started with SOAR in 1989 and was the Community Based Director until 1996; when he returned to the Navigators Eagle Lake Camp to start their east coast program in North Carolina. He moved to Colorado in 200 to head up Eagle Lake’s Wilderness and Excursions programs. 

In 2006 He joined Montreat College to teach and direct their Backcountry program outreach to the Western North Carolina community. During that time Montreat built a state of the art challenge course facility and John transition to be the Team and Leadership Center Director. He designed and launched the program where he served until returning to SOAR in 2020.

John also started the Virtuoso Series in 2014, a high-quality tanning resource; which features national and internationally known speakers, authors, and trainers. Guest speakers have included: Jim Cain, Jenifer Stanchfield, Michelle Cummings, Greg Robinson, and Chris Cavert. The series is open to students, and professionals. 

John is also a trainer for Signature Research Inc. Signature’s Facilitator Training Workshops are designed to provide Practitioner Certification for workshop participants. Workshops cover appropriate technical and course management issues for your personnel to develop the skills to operate your challenge course program.

He is an entrepreneur, owner, and founder of Re-New Headlight Restoration. He has taught at Middle Tennessee State University, Western Carolina University, and Montreat College.