Abundant Life Services


John lives in Lewisburg, PA and has been married to Terri since 1976. They have raised 3 sons. Eric is an adjunct professor with a doctorate in Mico-geology at Ohio State University, is married with three children. Craig is a Sgt First Class in the US Army currently serving as an Army recruiter in Warren Oh; is married with two daughters. Kyle is working in Cyber Security and is married with a daughter living in Muncy, PA. 
John grew up in Northumberland, was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Shikellamy HS in 1973.  He moved to Carlisle in 1974 were he met his wife. He managed a paint & decorating center in the York area til 1980 and graduated from Valley Forge Christian College in 1982. Upon moving to Lewisburg in 1982, he was a senior pastor through 2004 and was the Executive Director of House of Hope Susquehanna Valley, a Christian residential program for troubled teens, through 2007. He has been active for over 30 years in churches throughout the Susquehanna Valley as a retreat speaker, teaching, preaching and serving in multi-church projects and efforts. He has been involved in missions in Haiti & Argentina where he has done speaking and teaching.

Although John's faith is at the core of his counseling principles, he does not force this into the counseling experience and works with those whose faith is strong as well as those who may not be sure how to describe their place in spiritual journey. John does have a passion for seeing people come to emotional and spiritual wholeness and describes that passion as follows:

This is not so much an introduction to myself as it is an introduction to the work that I do. Well, it's more than work, it is more of a calling. A calling to facilitate the goal of the one who loves us like no other ever could. So much that he lay his life aside for a love that, all things considered, sounds too good to be true. Love that unites us to our heavenly father, creator of all things, who placed us on the earth because he wanted someone to love so he made you and I. This one who opened this wondrous door is Jesus who said, "I am come that they (we) might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). The Greek word, perissos, translated here "more abundantly" means superior in quality, superabundant in quantity, excessive, violently beyond measure (Strongs). I believe this abundant life is meant to permeate every facet of our lives, including our relationships, marriages, parenting, friendships, joy, peace, sense of purpose, contentment and emotional, as well as spiritual, health and wholeness.
I have seen through one on one interaction, counseling, teaching and preaching; that awareness, coupled with effective tools for living, can open the doors for the abundant life Jesus came to give. That action can literally change our lives, even if our circumstances stay relatively the same. I have seen that we can live powerfully, see our choices more clearly, be free from fear, doubt, anxiety and insecurity. I have seen that forgiveness can be real, both forgiveness received and forgiveness extended to others, and that this is a key to real freedom. I have seen that trauma, abuse and brokenness need not hold us captive and that the wounded can become like mighty oak trees for the display of the splendor of God's transforming power (paraphrase of Isaiah 61).
Far too often we put up with far too much, because the life Jesus came to give is stolen away. Too many times we feel helpless to do anything about it, yet the promise is true. If only we could believe what he said. If only we knew what to do. If only we had tools that worked.
All this is why I do what I do. My confidence is far less about me and more about the years of seeing God work through me, by his Spirit, through his word, through his wisdom and insight. Like the apostle Paul, if it sounds as if I boast, my boast is not in myself but in him and in his power that works in us.
If we bring to the table our complete honesty. If we give up trying to change others and desire change in ourselves. If we learn to manage feelings rather than try to make them go away. If we mix faith with action. If we believe the giver of life is the expert in how to live that life. If we do these things, then life as we have known it can change. Joy, peace, contentment and purpose can be a reality.
John's experiences also include:
Hosted a regional weekend conference called Door of Hope for survivors of sexual & domestic abuse.
Held seminar for pastors and church leaders addressing the church's role in addressing the issues of sexual & domestic abuse.
Was asked by PA State Attorney General Mike Fisher's Family Violence Task Force to be one of 10 witnesses for the Religious Institutions Working Group Hearing to publicly testify at King's College in Wilkes Barre in Aug 1999.
Has done training and assisted in planning for National House of Hope, Orlando Fl. (Christian residential intervention program for Teens)
Has utilized & taught Dr Matthew Johnson's Positive Parenting with a Plan program.
Has taught at a regional training center for equipping workers for drug & alcohol rehabilitation.
Has spoken in over 50 Pennsylvania churches and civic groups.
Has spoken at over 40 seminars or weekend retreats in Central Pennsylvania.
Has participated in or worked with Promise Keepers, Awake America, Harvest Evangelism, renewal movements and church networking movements in PA, OH, NY, FL, CO & Argentina.
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