John Shuck began serving Southminster, January 1, 2015. Since his ordination in 1992, he has served congregations in Lowville, New York, Billings, Montana, and Elizabethton, Tennessee. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.
John has been involved in the work of the Westar Institute (the Jesus Seminar). Westar promotes the advancement of religious literacy. John is proud that Southminster engages spirituality and critical thinking. John is a signatory of the Clergy Letter Project that advocates scientific literacy including teaching Evolutionary Theory. John’s favorite Sunday is Evolution Sunday on the Sunday closest to Charles Darwin’s birthday.
He hosts a radio show called “Progressive Spirit.” It can be heard on several radio stations including 90.7 KBOO as well as podcast. For information about upcoming shows as well as sermons, articles, and links to podcasts, go to John’s website www.progressivespirit.net.
One of John’s passions is advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the church and in society. He is on the coordinating team for Presbyterian Voices for Justice and is honored to serve a congregation that is More Light and fully inclusive.
John and Beverly have a daughter, Katy, who lives in Johnson City, Tennessee with her wife, Amber. The Shucks are also the proud parents of Zachary Andrew Shuck, who passed away on June 28th, 2012.