John served as a United Church minister for many years in Manitoba and Ontario, including 14 years at Donnelly United Church in Winnipeg. While there, he developed a deep respect and affinity for native spirituality and how it relates to the Christian tradition. It was out of this experience that the text for SWEETGRASS AND CANDLE emerged.
Another title, DEEP IN OUR HEARTS, is frequently sung by United Church of Canada choirs and congregations from coast to coast. It is also widely used at ecumenical and interfaith gatherings.
John and his spouse, Marlene, live in Winnipeg, Manitoba where they enjoy being close to family.