About the Author: John Evans

John W. Evans was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, on February 25th, 1928, the fifth child of nine to be born to his parents. He received his public school education in Oklahoma, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1946 for two years, graduated from Bob Jones University in 1952 with a BA in English Bible, the year he married his wife, Joyce Runyon, whom he met there at the university. They have four children by this marriage and nine grandchildren. Mr. Evans also has graduate degrees from Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind. and Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. He was a public school teacher in Indiana for 33 years and also served concurrently eight congregations as pastor in Indiana and Ohio. Having taught poetry in English classes as a public school teacher, he took up serious poetry writing himself after retiring in 1991. He is currently a co-director of the nursing home ministry of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida, and the teacher of a large adult Sunday School class of the church.