writer and former pastor’s kid
Growing up in the church often lacks the beauty and meaning that God envisioned
All while I was growing up, my father pastored churches. His ministry spanned the years from 1969 to 1993. During those years, we moved 17 times, in five different churches, once even moving several times while at the same church. Occasionally down to the last jar of peanut butter, faith played a real part in our spiritual journey.
He recently wrote his memoirs. As an author and publisher, I went through them, originally written as a letter to me and my brothers. I discovered new things about my own father. Some passages brought me to tears. Others made me guffaw… after which my wife begged me to let her read what was so funny. But I couldn’t yet. She had to wait her turn.
Finally released, you can preview selected portions here on this site, and you can pre-order the book at my official web shop. You can also get it at Amazon.com or at BarnesAndNoble.com. (But I’ll continue to offer deals competitive with Amazon and BN, plus my 12-month money-back guarantee, if you purchase it from the official Web Shop.)
Can You See God in This Picture
A Letter to My Sons
Making Sense of 25 Years as a Pastor
The memoirs of retired pastor John H. King
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Can You See God in This Picture? tells the story of what passion for God can accomplish, both constructively and destructively, and explores the angry and stupid things adults do in the church, which children see and remember. Written as a letter to his three sons, and with many personal admissions and anecdotes, this memoir has the potential to bless any whose faith has been tested, perhaps even destroyed, through church power struggles, theological bickering, political infighting, and all the other things that burn out even the good pastors and sometimes even force them out of the pulpit.
Pastor King was known in Western Pennsylvania for his knowledge of Koine Greek and Classical Hebrew, having taught in Western PA Bible Institute in Butler, The Lighthouse Ministry in Washington, and Faith Seminary in Bethel Park, PA in the 1970’s. He also taught at the Charismatic Conference in 1979 at Duquesne University. He graduated from a four year ministerial program at Northeast Bible College, which is now Valley Forge Christian College, and later returned to complete a course of study for a B.S. in Bible. In 1982, he received a Master of Bible Theology from the International Bible Institute & Seminary.
Currently retired from the pastorate, he develops computer software at a financial-services firm in Boston and lives with his wife in their townhouse in a nearby town. He occasionally speaks at area churches, including the one he regularly attends, and he still harbors the dream of someday perhaps returning to professional ministry.