John Simpson

Raleigh - Durham, North Carolina

Where to begin? I could start with my years growing up in a small town near Akron, Ohio; or my years skiing and climbing the mountains of Colorado; instead I'll start when true life began for me. At the age of 27, after years battling depression, drug abuse and on the verge of suicide, I had a radical encounter with the grace, love and forgiveness of God. It was over a "burger and a Bible" with a friend in Nashville, that my Heavenly Father opened my eyes, and I surrendered my whole life to follow Jesus.

To help me grow in my new faith, I enrolled in a ministry training program called Every Nation Leadership Institute. Not long after, I felt the call to ministry and to give my life away preaching the Gospel, making disciples and planting churches.

Since 1997, I have served with Every Nation Ministries helping plant campus ministries and churches reaching university cities in the US, New Zealand and Malaysia.

The first few years, I served as a campus minster reaching out to international students at Vanderbilt, Duke, UNC and NC State. Then in 2004, my wife and I felt the call to join a team planting an Every Nation church and campus ministry in Auckland, New Zealand. What followed was an amazing four years seeing hundreds of young Kiwis and Polynesians come to faith in Christ.

Then in 2008, we said good bye to New Zealand and our family moved to Penang, Malaysia to "do it all again" with another Every Nation church plant. There we spent 3+ years planting a glorious multi-ethnic church in Malaysia filled with Filipinos, Malaysians, Indonesian and Americans. What a richly rewarding experience!

But in 2011, the may the move back to the United States and began a new phase of our lives.

  • Education
    • Colorado Mountain College
    • Kent State University