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He served in the Royal Air Force. John graduated from Cambridge University where he was boxing team captain and a "light blue", and was a British amateur heavyweight boxing champion. For more than 40 years, poems and essays by John were published in the Christian Science Monitor.
Godfrey John moved to the United States in 1958, where he lived and worked and received a first award from the Academy of American Poets. He taught English at several colleges in the United States, and later worked as an arts critic for the Christian Science Monitor. He became a public practitioner of Christian Science. In 1970, he moved to Canada, where he became a dual citizen (Canadian and British). In Canada, he also became a Christian Science teacher and served briefly on the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. For many years he was also active as a voluntary probation and parole officer.
Godfrey John was widely published in the Christian Science periodicals. He published a collection of poems and essays in the books Five Seasons (Foursquare Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1977) and Compassion Wins (Thomson-Shore, Inc., Dexter, Michigan, 2001). The foreword of his second book was written by Rushworth Kidder. Some of his poems are in the Welsh cywydd form.
- "Christian Science Lecture Scheduled for Monday" Ludington Daily News, Ludington, Michigan (June 13, 1991). Retrieved November 19, 2013
- "Thanks awfully" Christian Science Monitor (July 24, 2003). Retrieved November 19, 2013
- Biographical notes, back cover. Five Seasons (1977)
- Kim Shippey, "Writing...a kind of prayer" Christian Science Sentinel (September 19, 2005). Retrieved November 19, 2013 (subscription required)
- Foreword, Compassion Wins, pp. v-vi. (2001) ISBN 0-9707341-0-7