John Vermilya

Resisting spiritual apathy and getting in the game

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When it’s tempting to sit as a spectator in the stands, John Vermilya challenges audiences to resist spiritual apathy, stagnancy, and religiosity—and instead, to get in the game by following Jesus Christ with full abandon.

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John approaches his role as a Forge speaker like a spiritual coach, motivating and training youth and adults to become gospel-driven disciples who strive passionately towards Kingdom goals.

Through storytelling and humor, he reflects on his own Christian walk and his experiences as an athlete, including four years as a professional soccer player for the Charlotte Eagles, and more than a decade as a soccer ministry tour leader with Missionary Athletes International.

He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and serves as Lead Pastor of The Tabernacle in Buckley, Michigan.

John and his wife, Darcey, have five children.

Travels from: Michigan

A follower of Jesus doesn’t take a static role as a spectator, but proactively looks for ways to get in the game and shine Jesus’ light in the world’s darkest places.

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