Syracuse, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of the Arts (Philadelphia)|
|Occupation||Christian pastor, author|
|Stuff That Needs to Be Said|
A Bigger Table
Hope and Other Super Powers
Early life and education
John Pavlovitz was born in Syracuse, New York to a middle-class Italian family, and was raised as a member of the Catholic Church. He studied graphic design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
After college he joined a Methodist church, where he married his wife Jennifer. He attended Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and became a youth minister at the church. Pavlovitz later worked for nearly a decade as youth pastor, in a program serving several hundred students at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, a "megachurch" in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He began a blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said in 2012, and was fired from Good Shepherd in 2013, in response to "provocative" articles he'd posted. He later became a youth minister at North Raleigh Community Church.
His blog has gained a large following and media attention for articles he has written on the subjects of acceptance of homosexuality ("If I Have Gay Children", 2014), attitudes about rape ("To Brock Turner's Father, from Another Father", 2016), the presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton ("Thank You, Hillary", 2016), and the character of Donald Trump ("It’s time we stopped calling Donald Trump a Christian", 2017).
In 2017, Westminster John Knox Press published his first book A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community, which describes what he sees as the four foundations of the Christian church, and argues for creating a more inclusive society and church community. His second book Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto offers advice for individuals seeking to counter "the highly partisan cultural climate", and was published by Simon & Schuster in November 2018.
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- "'This is nothing like the faith I entered into': Ex-megachurch pastor explains his path away from conservatism". Raw Story. November 22, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
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- "You Have to Read This Father's Powerful Response to Brock Turner's Dad". Cosmopolitan. June 7, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- CNN, Jason Kurtz,. "Pastor to Stanford swimmer's father: 'Brock is not the victim'". CNN. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "North Carolina Christian pastor writes piercing open letter to Hillary Clinton". Daily Kos. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "North Carolina pastor: 'It's time we stopped calling Donald Trump a Christian'". News Observer. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "Why This Pastor Is Telling People to Stop Calling Donald Trump a Christian". The Christian Post. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "Trump Rips Into ESPN as Pastor John Pavlovitz Says He Agrees With Jemele Hill's White Supremacist Claims". The Christian Post. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
- Houle, Zachary (September 9, 2017). "A Review of John Pavlovitz's "A Bigger Table"". Zachary Houle. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic, and Hopeful Spiritual Community". The Presbyterian Outlook. March 22, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
- "Nonfiction Book Review: Hope and Other Superpowers: A Life-Affirming, Love-Defending, Butt-Kicking, World-Saving Manifesto by John Pavlovitz. Simon & Schuster, $20 trade paper (240p) ISBN 978-1-5011-7965-5". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved December 3, 2018.