John was born and abandoned in a hospital in San Francisco. He was adopted into a loving Irish Catholic family. In the early 1970′s he was given a very confused and lacking education of the faith in the parochial schools. At the same time some older neighbor boys exposed him to hard core pornography. In high school he lived a double life with parties, alcohol and pornography while also attending Mass. After high school God was no longer an aspect of his life. His mom talked him into going to college and suggested him to apply at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. God used the university to call him home to his Church and a life of grace through our Lord Jesus Christ. John now works in Catholic radio and is the founder and president of Lifeboat Coffee Co., Lillis has been selling his coffee by the pound online around the country with 10 percent of all sales going toward the pro-life movement.