Author, Writer, Speaker, and References

Author Summary
14 Published Books

Numerous articles for national periodicals such as Relevant Magazine; Christianity Today; Walk Through the Bible; and special request columns for colleges and university newsletters.

Contemporary Christian Music magazine (CCM): Advisor to the editorial staff, and for 23 years, authored the magazine’s monthly column, “Sound Advice,” resulting in a consistent increase in subscription sales and many letters from young individuals who credited John’s articles for life-changing paradigm shifts with regard to their faith, the church, and a sustainable worldview.

John assumed Senior Writer roles for Live Loud, LLC., LifeTogether, Revealed: The Life You’ve Only Imagined, Purpose Driven Life, and “The Better Life.”

John re-articulated the five principles of Purpose Driven Life for readers not associated with a church, resulting in 12,000 new subscriptions per month. Directed Purpose Driven Ministry’s website-based product sales; Restructured, revised, and/or reworked Rick Warren’s sermons for group curriculum with a worldwide distribution, and acted as Rick Warren’s ghostwriter for secular articles in national publications.

John is a preferred conference speaker for colleges, churches, and other Christian focus groups.

Artist/Writer in Residence: Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts; Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington.

“A Single Person’s Identity” – 1973
Discovery Publishing

Real Christians Don‘t Dance – 1988
True Believers Don‘t Ask Why – 1989
Making Real What I Already Believe – 1991
12 Steps for the Recovering Pharisee (like me) – 2000
Bethany House Publishers

On A Hill (Too) Far Away – 1994
(Re-released in 1999 by Bethany House)
Be Thou My Vision – 1995
What in the World Are We Doing? – 1996
Servant Publishers

Fearless Faith: Living Beyond the Walls of Safe Christianity – 2001
Finding God Where You Least Expect Him – 2003
Harvest House Publishers

Love Him in the Morning – 2004
Baker/Revell Publishers

Confessions of a Caffeinated Christian – 2005
Tyndale House Publishers

Dark Horse – 1983
Multnomah Press
(Re-released in 2003 by Revell)

Saint Ben – 1993
The Saints’ and Angels’ Song – 1994
Ashes on the Wind – 1998
Bethany House Publishers

John also writes frequently for
BreakPoint, Chuck Colson’s Prison Ministry Donor Publication
Relevant Magazine
Christianity Today

Recording Summary
12 Published Recordings

Singer/Songwriter, Recording Artist Summary
Recorded 12 albums of original music with the album, Cold Cathedral, considered to be the first Nationally released contemporary Christian recording of the decade.

Many of John’s songs are published in hymnbooks, church and camp songbooks and performed by respected artists worldwide.

F.E.L. Publications
The Cold Cathedral – 1969
Have You Seen Jesus My Lord – 1970

Light Records
Still Life – 1972
The New Covenant – 1974
Naphtali – 1976
Inside – 1977
Johnny’s Cafe – 1979

Myrrh Records
Dark Horse – 1982
Between the Answers – 1985
Casual Crimes – 1987

Urgent Records
Wide Angle – 1992

Silent Planet Records
Some Folks’ World – 1999


Rick Warren
Pastor at Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Church and Purpose Driven Life
Saddleback Church
1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, CA, 92630
Phone: 949-225-8314

Tony Campolo
Professor at Eastern University; Author of multiple books; Sociologist; and Catalyst for Urban Ministries
1300 Eagle Road
St. Davids, PA 19087
Phone: 610-341-5962

John Styll
President and CEO, Gospel Music Association. Founder and former Publisher of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Magazine
Gospel Music Association
1205 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: 615-242-0303

Cameron Strang
CEO Relevant Media Group: Publisher, Relevant Magazine
Relevant Media Group
1220 Alden Road
Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: 407-660-1411

Peter Herschend
Co-Chairman, Herschend Entertainment Corporation; President of the Missouri State Board of Education; Recipient of Ernst & Young International’s Lifetime Achievement Award For Activism, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Mr. Herschend serves as a board member for Gordon-Conwell College and for numerous other Christian organizations
Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation.
100 Corporate Place
Branson, Missouri 65616
Phone: 417-334-0140

Leighton Ford
President of Leighton Ford Ministries; Honorary Life Chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, having served as its Chairman from 1976 to 1992; Author of numerous books including his newest, The Attentive Life, Discerning God’s Presence in All Things. Dr. Ford was Vice President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and alternative speaker for Billy Graham
Leighton Ford Ministries
4029 Dove’s Roost Ct
Charlotte, NC 28211
Phone: 704-365-9024