2011 JOHN O. GOOCH, a retired United Methodist pastor,has served churches ranging in size from 15 to 1100. He is a freelance writer and a former editor of curriculum resources at the United Methodist Publishing House.He earned a B.A. in history, the M. Div. and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from St. Louis University. and has taught classes at St. Louis University, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Paul School of Theology, and Perkins School of Youth Ministry. He has also been a staff member of the National Council of Churches. He wrote Being a Christian in the Wesleyan Tradition, John Wesley for the 21st Century, and Claiming the Name: A Theological and Practical Overview of Confirmation and he is a frequent writer of articles and curriculum resources. He and his wife Beth live in Lee's Summit, MO.
2001 JOHN O. GOOCH is a free-lance writer and editor. A native of Missouri, John is a retired pastor who currently is a youth ministry consultant, a youth Sunday school teacher, a Stephens Ministry leader and a frequent writer of United Methodist curriculum resources, both for youth and for adults. Dr. Gooch earned a B.A. in history, the M. Div. and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from St. Louis University. He is from Liberty, Missouri.