The Rev. Dr. John FairlessInterim Minister

    John Fairless is a native of Martin, Tennessee, and has served in pastoral ministry since 1984. Reared in the Baptist tradition, Pastor John (as he is most often called) is an authorized minister in the Florida Conference of the UCC, where he most recently completed a 17-month interim ministry with the Venice United Church of Christ.

    Married to Sheila for 41 years (and counting), they have three adult children and one granddaughter, as well as a faithful family dog. Pastor John holds degrees from the University of Tennessee, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of four books and numerous articles on preaching and hosts the popular podcast for preachers, Lectionary Lab Live (

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