John C. Myklebust (“MY-kul-bust”)
Just call me John
I think differently. Every once in a while, I have an insight or a thought that could be useful to others. My background is over 30 years in church leadership & 30 years in social work with Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees – and yes, I do enjoy retirement.
My background and ordination is as a Baptist, but I tend to be ecumenical in my approach. God is a great friend even while we keep in mind he is definitely The Holy Other. The Bible is interesting and fun – and it speaks to us today. Church can be fun, if we don’t try to kill it with bad attitudes and a lack of love for each other and the community.
I’ve been married to my wife for 48 years. We have three grown and married children of whom we are very proud. And they have blessed us with seven grandchildren. We both grew up in Washington State, but we now live in North Carolina with a lot of experience between those two points.
My heart is in teaching. And I try to teach in a way that you don’t have to have a degree to understand it. I prefer to teach and preach about what we CAN do rather than what we OUGHT to do or NEED to do. The “oughts” and “needs” we lay on others just oppress them under the thumb of falling short all the time. So, join me on this journey we call Life as we explore God, the Bible, church and the world around us together.
Finally, my last name is Norwegian. I thought I would sound it out for you, so you don’t have to wonder: “Is it Mik-kul or is it My-kul?”