Who Is John Stanko?
John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from St. Basil's Prep School in Stamford, Connecticut, he attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively. In 1973, he had a life-changing spiritual experience that radically changed his life course and purpose.
Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master's degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his doctorate in pastoral ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas in 1995. He recently completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.
As executive director of Worship International from 1993-1995, John planned and organized worship conferences for Integrity Music around the world, and later became a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), the highest distinction awarded in the conference management industry. In the process, he has taught extensively on the topics of time management, life purpose and organization, and has conducted leadership and purpose training sessions throughout the United States and in 25 countries.
Recently his clients have included Integrity Music, Kabul University in Afghanistan, Lippo Bank and Lippo Land in Indonesia, Regent University in Virginia Beach, DHL in southern Africa, Kingdom Bank in Zimbabwe, the South African Regional Poverty Network in Pretoria, Catholic Relief Services in Kenya, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Celebration Ministries International in Zimbabwe and many other churches and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad.
John is also certified to administer the DISC and other related personality assessments as well as the Natural Church Development profile for churches. Recently, he earned the privilege to facilitate for The Pacific Institute of Seattle, a leadership and personal development program, and for The Leadership Circle, a provider of cultural and executive 360-degree profiles.
He has authored twelve books and written for many publications around the world. John writes regularly for his blog maintains a weekly email update called The Monday Memo and weekly Bible studies. His website contains many resources and programs devoted to help people find their life purpose.
John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. For the last seven years, he has spent five months a year in Africa and enjoys working on that continent, while maintaining teaching and board duties at The Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. John also serves as an administrative pastor at Allegheny Center Alliance Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh. John has been married for 38 years to Kathryn Scimone Stanko. Their two adult children are pursuing purpose in Washington DC and San Francisco.