John WhitleyPastor John has a BA in Religious Studies from Florida State University, a Masters from Yale Divinity School, and a Th.D. in Old Testament from Harvard Divinity School. Before moving to Milford, he served as the pastor of Community UMC in Brighton, MA and also has backgrounds in Youth Ministry, teaching, publishing, and writing. “I started following a call to ministry in High School and ended up taking the scenic route. Over the years I developed a passion for learning and discipleship and in my ministry, I hope to bring these things together with my love for people. I think that’s how the church moves forward and grows: we love one another, we learn together, we serve together, we pray together—we grow together.”
As a teacher John was awarded the Harvard University Certificate for Distinction in Teaching and, as a writer, was awarded the Regional Scholar Award by the Society of Biblical Literature. John has written scholarly articles on biblical interpretation for top journals in the field and has worked as an editor for the Harvard Theological Review and for the Theology and Religion department of the academic publisher Walter De Gruyter. John’s wife and three children are his greatest joy and he also enjoys reading, woodworking, and fly fishing.
Email Pastor John Whitley, Phone: Church (603) 673-2669