Meet Dr. John Beyers
John was born in Dallas, Texas and baptized as a child at Lovers Lane Methodist Church. With his mother, father, and two younger brothers, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia. There he made his profession of faith and joined Dunwoody United Methodist Church.
John graduated from Dunwoody High School in 1982. Preparing to be an attorney, he graduated from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Computer Information Systems and Management and a minoring in Accounting in 1986. It was while an undergraduate that he heard God’s call to ordained ministry through the remarkable ministry of The Reverend Richard M. Freeman and the congregation of The First United Methodist Church, Waco, Texas. There he preached his first sermon.
John enrolled as a Sherman Scholar at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia in 1986. He graduated with the Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Biblical languages and Methodist and Wesleyan theology in 1990. There he was co-founder of The Candler Evangelical Society. In 1996 he pursued additional graduate studies at The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee and, in 1998, was granted the Doctor of Divinity degree from Piedmont College, Demorest, Georgia.
One of John’s greatest passions is reaching unchurched persons for Jesus Christ through media. While serving as the Senior Pastor of Atlanta's historic Grace United Methodist Church, his program, "Insight from Grace," aired weekday mornings on "The Morning X" (99.7 WNNX FM) seeking a new way to reach and introduce young urban adults to the transforming love of Jesus Christ. In 2011, The North Georgia Conference and the Foundation for Evangelism awarded John the Harry Denman Evangelism Award in recognition of his leadership in reaching others effectively for Jesus Christ.
John is a teacher at heart and is passionate about teaching and preaching the a distinctively Wesleyan view of Biblical theology, the Holy Sacraments, the priority of evangelism, small group discipleship, and hands on missions.
John teaches on the faculty of the North Georgia Conference License to Preach School and of Leadership UMC, the North Georgia Conference's lay equipping ministry, leading seminars on the Thought and Theology of John Wesley, the History of Methodism, the Sacramental Theology and Practice of Methodism, and the Doctrine and Discipline of The United Methodist Church. He also teaches on the faculty of The World Methodist Evangelism Institute having led international seminars in France, Paraguay, Peru, and Colombia.
John is an avid international traveler having visited 50 countries. John is on a quest to visit all of the new Seven Wonders of the World as determined by Zogby International. He has visited the Great Wall of China, the Coliseum in Rome, Italy, Petra in Ma’an Governorate, Jordan, Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru, and the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. He has last to visit Chitzen Itzan in Yucatán, Mexico.
John is also on a quest to visit the sites/ruins of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. He has visited the three known ancient sites: Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey, the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus in Bodrum, Turkey, and the Colossus in Rhodes, Greece. He has last to visit the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.
John is an Eagle Scout (Silver Palm), a member of the Order of St. Luke, a member of the 300-person World Methodist Council for the 2016-2021 quinquennium, and an international trustee of the Epworth Old Rectory (c. 1709), the childhood home of John and Charles Wesley, in Epworth, North Lincolnshire, England.
John was appointed to serve his first church in October 1987. He was ordained a Deacon in the North Georgia Annual Conference in 1990 and an Elder in Full Connection in 1992 at the hands of Bishop Earnest A. Fitzgerald. He has served five North Georgia Conference congregations. He was honored to be appointed the Senior Pastor of Hillside United Methodist Church by Bishop B. Michael Watson in June 2014.