Compelled by Jesus’ Love to Follow Him

Glendale Presbyterian Church


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GPC is a congregation of people who belong to Jesus. We exist to make that fully known to the world and to the community around us, by believing, living and sharing the remarkable story about Jesus. This true story is more than good news. It is the best news available to the world. We invite you to become part of our life, even if you are a skeptic.

This church is committed to good news that encourages and challenges each person, male or female, old or young, liberal or conservative, to turn around and follow Jesus, to learn to love others, to work for social justice and to live for the renewal of our world.

We admit we have a great deal to learn, and you may be vital in helping us to become more faithful.



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John is the teaching pastor at Glendale Presbyterian Church. He’s from the neighborhood, born and raised in Burbank, and has served churches in Southern California, Scotland, and England. John graduated from UCLA, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the University of Stirling (Scotland). He is married to Julie, and has a son and step-daughter, along with a Border Terrier and a French Bulldog.

John brings a wide range of experience to our church. He was the pastor of the American International Church in London for nine years, and was active in a network of English-speaking churches across Europe and the Middle East. While in London he was a regular contributor to the Pause for Thought broadcasts on BBC Radio. He serves on the boards of two Palestinian Christian ministries in Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Closer to home, John is an experienced non-profit leader. Over a 13-year career as a fundraiser and manager of fundraisers, John served Union Rescue Mission, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Presbyterian Foundation.

On the nerdy side, John completed a Ph.D. in History, focusing on American Evangelicalism in the decades after WWII. He wrote a biography of New Testament scholar George Eldon Ladd, which was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. He continues to read books about that era for fun, but also loves movies, baseball (Dodgers), UCLA sports, and English Premier League Football (Arsenal).

City of Glendale, California


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We believe there is God.
Who can be known.
Who already knows us.
Who made us.
And loves us, most dearly.
We cannot wrap our heads around it,
but God became human.
Fully human and fully God.
And he didn’t look all that special.
In fact he is said to be
the least of all people.
Who came to be a servant
to each of us.
And you.
His name is Jesus,
and he lived a life of love,
and taught extraordinary things.
Suffered for all,
was killed on a cross for all.
And that act made the human quest
to achieve perfection before God
no longer a requirement.
He fixed that issue on behalf
of all people…everywhere.
The truly good news is that
he came back to life.
In a body.
And is now alive.
And that indestructible life,
through the Holy Spirit
now dwells in his followers.
We believe we exist,
with the Holy Spirit’s help,
to be like Jesus.
To live lives as he did.
And we gather together
to celebrate this new reality.
And to have His life shaped in us.
More and more.
This is a little of what we believe.