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|Born||Syracuse, New York, U.S.|
|Alma mater||University of the Arts (Philadelphia)|
|Occupation||Christian pastor, author|
|Notable work||A Bigger Table, Stuff That Needs to Be Said|
John Pavlovitz is an American Christian pastor and author, known for his writings from a liberal Christian perspective.
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 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.
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