John came to the Lowcountry from Minnesota four years ago. His varied career started in office and school furniture sales then moved to plastics where he and four others started a successful manufacturing company. Twenty years later he moved to another manufacturing company and developed their extrusion product line. Always an active volunteer, he was involved in the community athletic association and spent countless hours volunteering at his church and at the Dorothy Day Center, a homeless shelter in St. Paul, MN where his favorite activity was serving as the lead cook for Sunday dinners. At Guardian Angels, John was involved in the “Sister Parish” program, an organization that fostered a long-term relationship with a “sister” parish in Nicaragua. The focus of the program was to support and encourage their friends in the Nicaraguan parish to create workable plans to achieve their goals. John was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua as part of this program. After retirement, he volunteered at Woodwinds Hospital, one of the top 100 hospitals in the US where he worked with therapists assisting patients recovering from joint replacement surgery. He joined the Board of Family Promise three years ago and has volunteered as an overnight host with the families at many of the congregations. Volunteering at Second Helpings is another one of his passions.