Associate Professor of Global Studies; Program Coordinator, Global Studies
B.S. Missouri Western State University; M.Div The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
John Klaassen was born in Colombia, South America, but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He married Shari in 1985 and they have two sons, Seth and Andy. Before moving overseas John pastored in the state of Kentucky.
John and Shari moved cross culturally to live first in Spain and then in North Africa from 1992 to 2010. John helped to direct their relief and development agency to national attention such that they were invited to work in communities all over their country of residence. In the end he supervised teams in three distinct regions of the country. That relief and development group worked in the areas of primary education, clean water and health education. Since moving back to the US, John and Shari have been working primarily with Iraqi refugees in the Louisville area.
John is the Department Coordinator for Global Studies at Boyce College. He also serves on staff at Highview Baptist Church where he is responsible for local missions efforts.