Mar 3, 2018

Look Ahead with Joy


Celebrating 5 years of Guelph United Ministries! A day with John Pentland from Hillhurst United Church, Calgary.

John Pentland is a spiritual teacher, public speaker, theologian and lead minister at Hillhurst United Church in Calgary. He is author of the Canadian bestseller: “Fishing Tips: How Curiosity Transformed a Community of Faith.” 

John was born in Ontario and moved from place to place for many years. He attended postgraduate school at Queen’s University; holds: a B.A. and Masters of Divinity from Emmanuel College in Toronto; a Masters in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary; and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Chicago Theological Seminary. His doctoral thesis was: “Speaking Faith in Public Space.” For the past 30 years John has lived in Alberta, where he served in rural churches, and then worked for the United Way of Calgary before joining Hillhurst United Church as lead minister in 2004. He is a graduate of Leadership Calgary and Executive Directions.

John is, first and foremost, a lover of questions with deep curiosity about what makes good religion. He has been a featured presenter at over a dozen conferences and events across Canada and the US in the past year; and has also spoken to congregations of various denominations across Canada and the US. He leads workshops on a variety of topics, including: the Enneagram and Spiritual Formation; Wine and Spirituality; and A Religion of One’s Own.

John loves to cycle everywhere, and is a partner and parent of 4 children between 6 and 25 years of age. In his free time he is now working on his second book, in which he plans to answer the question: “What if we had good religion?”