John is a qualified Automotive Diesel Mechanic and a licenced Commercial Pilot. He has been an Anglican Priest of over 48 years, working in parishes in NZ and Labrador, north-eastern Canada. John has also been a RNZAF chaplain for 23 years. He and Pam married just under 50 years ago and they have two children, Carol a nurse in remote parts of Australia and David who is an Army Officer.
Always interested in aviation, John was a member of MAF Youth in the late 1960s then became a Board member in 2009. More recently, he was appointed as Chief Pilot to MAF NZ and Flight Assessor for MAF International, in which capacity he puts candidate pilots through their paces to gauge their suitability for bush flying.