Father John was reared in North Carolina in a faithful fundamentalist Southern Baptist home. He has loved Jesus as long as he can remember. He never met a Catholic until he went to college. From his youth he had a love of medicine. While in college he entered the Presbyterian church. He became a physician and served as a medical doctor for many years. The witnesses, over many years, of the priests and nuns at a Catholic hospital were a silent witness to him. After his wife died he entered the Catholic Church and later was ordained a Catholic priest.