John Warden brings his heart for missions and his cross-cultural experience to the role of Director of Mission Initiatives. John has a passion for all aspects of missions. He was born and raised in Ohio and, as a kid, was always drawn to serving the poor and vulnerable. Through several short-term mission experiences at Huntington University, John continued to grow and expand his heart for the world.
After graduation John worked as an actor before moving into full-time ministry with Hope Church in Mason Ohio. As Associate Pastor of Worship, and later of Missions and Outreach, John had the opportunity to lead several local and international missions opportunities. While at Hope Church John earned a Masters of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ilinois.
John and his wife, Jennie, had always felt drawn toward full-time international missions. Finally in 2009, they sensed God opening the door for them to take this step of faith. After seven years of church ministry in Mason, Ohio, John and his family moved to Bolivia, South America to work as missionaries with Food for the Hungry. As Director of Spiritual Development John worked and lived for three years in Sucre, Bolivia training and equipping local pastors in principles of wholistic ministry and applied biblical truth.
John has been a guest lecturer at various conferences around North and South America as well as seminaries in Sucre, Bolivia (Universidad Unidad) and Sioux Falls, SD (Sioux Falls Seminary).
John, his wife Jennie and their two young daughters, Ella and Lydia, currently reside in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. John loves board games (Especially the strategy kind). He loves the ocean (which is 1,131.3 miles away from his home). He also enjoys gardening and is a huge sports fan. John also enjoys cultural foods with their new tastes and flavors as well as good old homemade pies.