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 is a member of Religious Leaders for 9/11 Truth. He believes that unless the American people come to terms with the lies and propaganda of the military-industrial-intelligence-finance-congressional-media complex, endless war and the destruction of the planet will continue.
John is committed to interfaith and justice work. In 2018, he went to Iraq and participated in the largest peaceful gathering on Earth. He walked the 50 miles from Najaf to Karbala for Arba’een with 15-25 million others. He and his friend, Josh Townsley, made a film about the experience, “For Love of Hussain (a.s.)”
John has been an advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the church and in society. He 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, who are in turn parents of Pippa! The Shucks are also the proud parents of Zachary Andrew Shuck, who passed away on June 28th, 2012.