ESUMC pastor-parish relations chairperson Adetokunbo Aganga-Williams on behalf of Superintendent Pastor Stefan Schröckenfuchs announced today that the Reverend John A. Calhoun has been appointed as the new ESUMC pastor. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Rev. Calhoun is a United Methodist missionary and pastor with 25 years of ministry experience. He currently serves in Kyiv, Ukraine, as The United Methodist Church’s multicultural ministries leader and coordinator of international ministries.
Rev. Calhoun’s first Sunday will be 29 November, the first Sunday of Advent. The Reverend Dr. Tom M. Garrison will serve as interim pastor until Rev. Calhoun begins his service.
Rev. Calhoun’s full ministry biography is below.
The Reverend John A. Calhoun is an ordained elder of the New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church and a missionary of the UMC General Board of Global Ministries. Since his commissioning as a missionary in 2000, John has served in a variety of multicultural settings worldwide: as pastor of the Moscow Protestant Chaplaincy, an international, interdenominational congregation in Moscow, Russia; coordinator of humanitarian relief and church development for the Methodist Church in Kenya; convener of a peace initiative sponsored by the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Forum of the World Council of Churches, based in Amman, Jordan; and leader of multicultural ministry programs with The United Methodist Church of Ukraine.
Outside the parish setting, John served as the program manager for the 2019 session of the Institute for Multicultural Ministry, an initiative of Global Ministries that provides further training for leaders of multicultural congregations in Europe impacted by migration. Additionally, in coordination with the General Secretary’s office, John acts as lead organizer of annual gatherings for fellow Global Ministries missionaries serving around the world.
Prior to his commissioning as a missionary, John served as the assistant pastor of the American Church in Berlin, and as the pastor of Woodrow United Methodist Church in New York City. During his seminary studies, he completed a one-year internship at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, John earned his undergraduate degree in Russian and economics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, in 1990. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1996. John’s wife, Noel, is the Deputy Representative of the Ukraine office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). John and Noel have two sons, Nick (aged 17) and Ben (aged 16).