Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Monday, October 23, 2017
Getting to Know John
 

Rev. Dr. John Charles Tittle is a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA).  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from George Fox University. He has certificates in Clinical Pastoral Education and Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

John’s first call was as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick, WA, after which he spent four years in a Central Washington Presbytery validated ministry of mission work in Alexandria, Egypt.  Upon returning to the United States, he was called as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Douglasville, Georgia.

John enjoys listening to people’s life stories.  He wants to be a loving presence in the lives of the people in his congregation. He has a listening, pastoral way with all generations, from young singles and families to “seasoned keenagers.”  He will walk with us wherever we are. 

John celebrates diversity – different perspectives – and is sensitive to all points of view. He is described as gifted in teaching and leading, and passionately committed to Jesus. He has keen insight on making the Gospel pertinent and fresh for today. One of John’s references said, “John is first and foremost passionate about Jesus – following Jesus, seeking to become more like Jesus, communicating Jesus clearly and passionately, and going where Jesus goes – to the poor and the downtrodden. John is passionate about relationships with his family, his church, his friends, and his world.” 

A Few of John's Favorite Things:  

Recently read books on spirituality: Markings (Dag Hammarskjold); Enneagram (Richard Rohr); Jesus: A Pilgrimage (James Martin); From Tablet to Table (Leonard Sweet), & When God Talks Back (T.M. Luhrmann)

Recently read books: My Struggle Vol. 4 (Karl Ove Knausgaard), To Set a Watchman, Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Infinite Jest, Team of Rivals, Mastery, & Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder.

Recently enjoyed movies: Winter’s End, Mad Max, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, When We’re Young, Boyhood, & The Hobbit Trilogy

Music on heavy rotation: Jamie xx, Real Estate, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, Yo La Tengo, U2, Leonard Cohen, Alvvays, & pink noise

Favorite artists: Chagall, Rothko, Pollock, & Van Gogh

Favorite of the four Gospels: Mark

Favorite comfort food: Vanilla Greek yoghurt with grape nuts

Favorite coffee house: Cartel Coffee Lab (downtown Tucson)

Hobbies: stair mastering, collecting pens, driving the kids to gymnastics

Favorite zoo animal: primates

Annoying habit: I’ve been told my sneezes are a smidgeon loud

Recently learned word: derpy, adj. awkwardly clumsy

Quote:  If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done. -Wittgenstein

 

Sports teams:  My hometown Chicago teams: da Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bulls. And also U of A.

 

An interesting fact about me:  Lived in the Middle East for three years.

 

What I like about Immanuel:  We’re Christ-centered and welcoming, and we appreciate a variety of perspectives.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
  
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