John is currently the development director at Pax Christi USA. Before his work with Pax Christi, John was a digital organizer working on issues of economic, racial, and environmental justice with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, where he was a proud union member of CWA Local 7102. Before that, John attended divinity school in Texas and served as the communications coordinator for Pastors for Texas Children, a statewide organization mobilizing Texas faith leaders to support robust public school funding and resist legislative attempts to drain public school funding through vouchers, charterization, and privatization.
John’s volunteer work includes participation in Catholic movements for LGBTQ+ inclusion, gender equality at all levels of church leadership, racial justice, and reproductive justice. He has also worked as a tutor, a food service worker, a barista, and a communications consultant for progressive ecumenical and interfaith organizations.
What calls you to NETWORK? Where do you find inspiration in this work?
I am inspired by the prophetic witness of Catholic sisters who have built transformative coalition movements with their fellow laypeople to change the church and the world for the better.
What do you like to do outside of NETWORK?
I’m a theology nerd, but when I’m not brushing up on liberation theology texts, I can be found jogging, organizing for justice in the church and my local community, and spending time with my spouse Quinn and our 2 dogs.
Location: Des Moines, Iowa