John M. Schluep, D.Min. is the Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church in Tallmadge, Ohio. He initiated Warriors’ Journey Home Ministry: Listen – Speak – Heal. Dr. Schluep is a U.S. Army veteran, commissioned in 1974 in the Regular Army through Ohio State University. He served with the 172nd Arctic Light Infantry as an Airborne Rifle Platoon Leader and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader. His last tour of duty was with the Third U.S. Infantry, The Old Guard, Washington, D.C. where he was the Executive Officer of The Commander in Chief’s Guard and Plans and Security. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio State University, a Master of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University, School of Theology.
Dr. Schluep was ordained in the United Methodist Church, worked as a counseling social worker, taught at Kent State University, and presently is the Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. His book, Soul’s Cry, is a primer for this specialized ministry with veterans. He has consulted on several PBS broadcasts and has been a featured interviewee on several NPR broadcasts. John is a recipient of the 2010 Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Transformation Award for work with the veteran community