John Sanders

Job Title


Ministry and writing

Started at Bethel



  • Judson University - BA in English, 1968
  • Bethel Seminary - M.Div., 1972
  • Fuller - Doctor of Ministry, 1995


John G. Sanders is Senior Pastor Emeritus of Nova Community Church. A resident of Redondo Beach, California, he retired from local church service in 2014, his forty­-third year of senior pastoral ministry. In 2011 he led Pacific View Baptist Church of Torrance (which he had pastored since 1988) through a successful consolidation of two churches into a brand-­new congregation, Nova. He previously served churches of the Baptist General Conference in Minnesota and Florida. With a long interest in literature, grammar, lexicography, composition and grammar, he is acknowledged as an expert in the application of Chicago style and form as set forth in Turabian.

Courses Taught

GS801 Integral Research and Writing

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Numerous district and national boards and committees of the Baptist General Conference (Converge Worldwide)

Hobbies and Interests

He golfs (enthusiastically if not well), reads (widely if not indiscriminately), enjoys four primary­-age grandchildren and travels with his wife, Dee.

Areas of expertise

Ministry and writing


"There is no writing: there is only re­writing."