John holds a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of California at Irvine. During his college years, he converted to Orthodoxy through the Antiochian Archdiocese.
John has acquired experience in a diverse variety of fields including fine and graphic art, iconography, computer programming, and teaching. He apprenticed with Iconographer Phil Zimmerman at the Antiochian Village in the late-80's and some of John's iconography is available through orthodoximages.com.
John and his wife, Christine, have been married for 26 years, have seven children, and are in their nineteenth year of homeschooling. John is currently working as a public school teacher in Central California. He also does work with their local homeschool co-op and has worked as a parish youth group leader.