John served as a United Church minister for many years in Manitoba, including 14 years at Donnelly United Church in Winnipeg. While there, he developed a deep respect and affinity for native spirituality and how it relates to the Christian tradition. It is out of this experience that the text for the Oldham/Klusmeier collaboration SWEETGRASS AND CANDLE emerged.
Another Oldham/Klusmeier piece, DEEP IN OUR HEARTS, has become an unofficial ‘anthem’ of United Church of Canada congregations from coast to coast.
John and his spouse Marlene live in Winnipeg, Manitoba where they enjoy being close to family.