John Buchanan (pastor)

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John M. Buchanan was the pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Illinois, United States, the second largest congregation in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).[1]

He is also the editor and publisher of The Christian Century.[2] He was also a member of the General Assembly Council from 1996–1999, and served as the moderator of the 208th General Assembly (1996).[3] He was one of the founding co-moderators of The Covenant Network of Presbyterians in 1997.[4]

In a letter dated May 18, 2010, Buchanan announced that he would retire from his duties as pastor of Fourth Presbyterian effective January 31, 2012.[5] Buchanan remains heavily involved with Presbyterian Church USA in retirement, serving as an interim preacher at churches in the Chicago area.[6]


  1. ^ "Table 6 : Fifteen Largest PC (USA) Congregations Based on membership Size, 2009\accessdate=2013-08-17" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Staff". The Christian Century. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  3. ^ "Washington National Cathedral : Biography for The Rev. John M. Buchanan". Archived from the original on 2013-09-14. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  4. ^ "Leadership - Covenant Network". Retrieved 2013-08-01.
  5. ^ [1] Archived November 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ [2] Archived November 10, 2017, at the Wayback Machine