Who Is John Stanko?

John Stanko

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from St. Basil's Prep School in Stamford, Connecticut, he attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively. In 1973, he had a life-changing spiritual experience that radically changed his life course and purpose.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master's degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his doctorate in pastoral ministries from Liberty Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas in 1995. He also received a Doctor of Ministry degree at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh.

As executive director of Worship International from 1993-1995, John planned and organized worship conferences for Integrity Music around the world. In the process, he has taught extensively on the topics of time management, life purpose, and organization, and has conducted leadership and purpose training sessions throughout the United States and in 35 countries. He has been in the forefront of producing resources to help people find their life's purpose since 1991.

Over the years, his teaching venues and consulting clients have included Integrity Music, Kabul University in Afghanistan, Lippo Bank and Lippo Land in Indonesia, Regent University in Virginia Beach, DHL in southern Africa, Kingdom Bank in Zimbabwe, the South African Regional Poverty Network in Pretoria, Catholic Relief Services in Kenya, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Celebration Ministries International in Zimbabwe, Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma  City, and many other churches and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad. He has helped establish a network of community libraries in Kenya where he has also helped found the Dr. Stanko Academy just outside Nairobi.

John has authored 37 books and has written for many publications around the worldHe.  maintains a weekly email update called The Monday Memo and regular Bible studies and a daily devotional on his blog. John has also produced hundreds of radio shows and has an Internet video channel that features his teachings on purpose and creativity.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult, and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001 to 2008, he spent seven months a year in Africa and still enjoys working on that continent. In 2014, John founded Urban Press, a publishing company that produces and distributes a variety of literary works from a diverse group of authors. John has been married for 44 years to Kathryn Scimone Stanko. Their two adult children are pursuing purpose in Middleburg, Virginia and Pittsburgh, and their two grandchildren bring joy to their lives.


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John Stanko - world leader on purpose