John Curtis Weatherhogg was born, raised and educated in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Following a year in Vail, Colorado pursuing his passion for skiing, John enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary. He earned his degree in 1988 with an emphasis in New Testament & Philosophical Theology, and spent the next three years working in a variety of roles affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Trenton and Newark (DE). During this same three-year period, his wife Tracy was completing her Master of Divinity degree, also at Princeton Theological Seminary (1991).
John and his wife Tracy were ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in September 1991, where both were called to serve as Associate Pastors at Doylestown Presbyterian Church, a suburban church they helped to build to 2000 members, thirty miles north of Philadelphia. John served the Doylestown church as Associate Pastor for Youth and Adult Nurture, developing many new programs and expanding old ones. John served as the staff person to the Small Groups ministries, helped to create a thriving Men’s ministries and Congregational Life ministries. During their tenure, the church grew by a net 450 members! Beyond his professional roles within the church, John served the community on the Teen Pregnancy Task Force of Bucks County, he was a founding member of the Central Bucks Healthier Community Team, and chaired the Central Bucks 40 Assets Project. He served on the Boards of the Doylestown Hospital Foundation, the Princeton Institute for Youth Ministry and as a Vice Moderator of the Presbytery of Philadelphia.
In July of 2004, John was called to Rutland, Vermont to become the Senior Minister of the Grace Congregational United Church of Christ, one of the largest Protestant congregations in the state of Vermont. He has already begun to make his mark on this excited group of Vermonters, seeing significant growth in church membership. In March of 2005, Tracy joined John on staff as the Associate Minister. Together, the two make a dynamic and powerful team who share their love for God in varied and creative ways.
John and Tracy have twin daughters, Kyle and Emma, and a son, Tyler. As a family, they love escaping to the outdoors for hiking, camping, skiing, most sports, and biking whenever possible. John also enjoys times he can ride his motorcycle “in the country”, play golf, and spend time with friends.