Fr. John was born in Zionsville, Indiana. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he met his wife, Michelle. After moving to Chicago, he continued his studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a Masters in Art History. He worked in the auction industry as a fine art specialist and Michelle worked for a textile design company. Father attended St. Tikhon's Seminary and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood at Christ the Savior in Chicago, by His Grace Bishop Paul on January 1st, 2017.