20 Questions with Pastor John
Rev. John R. Black
  1. Where did you grow up?
    Mostly in San Antonio.
  2. Where did you go to school?
    John R. Good Elementary in Irving
    Northwood Elementary in San Antonio
    Episcopal Middle School in San Antonio
    John Nance Garner Middle School in San Antonio
    Macarthur High School in San Antonio
    Newman Smith High School in Carrollton (Class of  1982)
    University of North Texas in Denton
    San Antonio College in San Antonio
    Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan
    Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas
    Temple Junior College in Temple
    Angelo State University in San Angelo
    Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches
    Navarro Junior College in Mexia
    The University of the State of New YorkRegents College in Albany, New York (BS in Math and Journalism)
    Southern Methodist UniversityPerkins School of Theology, Dallas, (Masters of Theology – MDiv)
  3. Do you have any kids?
    Misty and I have five children plus two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law (who we count as our children).

    • John and his wife, Sudeshna
    • Brittany
    • Von and his wife, Jenny
    • Meg and her husband, Ryan
    • Matthew
  4. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
    Blue Bell Cookies and Cream (and yes, it has to be Blue Bell)
  5. What are you reading now?
    Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution
    It is far better than the title might suggest. Joel Coulter recommended this book and although I normally read Science Fiction, his excitement for the book made me want to read it. I’m less than half way through the book and am fascinated by how much I didn’t know about the American Revolution.
  6. What’s your favorite quote from a TV show/movie/book?
    “Don’t Panic”The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  7. What’s one thing that can instantly make your day better?
  8. What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
    Blue Man Group
  9. Have you ever had “imposter syndrome”?
    I have it now. I can’t believe people believe I’m a competent adult. I still feel like a kid pretending to know what I’m doing.
  10. Do you live by any piece of advice or motto?
    “Leave it better than you found it”
    This applies to everything. Places, people, situations, etc.
  11. Would you rather someone be honest and hurt your feelings or lie to protect them?
    I would rather someone be honest. I can get over hurt feelings and move forward.
  12. Which famous person in history would you want to spend the day with?
    Robin Williams
  13. What do you think makes someone a “good person”?
    I don’t have a simple answer for what “makes” someone a good person. However, I do have a simple method of figuring out if someone is a “good person.” I look at how they treat people who can’t do anything for them. Someone who is rude to a cashier or waiter is not a “good person” in my book. A “good person” treats everyone with respect and honor as an equal member of God’s family.
  14. How did your parents (and/or grandparents) meet?
    They were on a summer mission trip for their Annual Conference, representing their churches. So I literally owe my life to the United Methodist Church.
  15. What TV family most reminds you of your own?
    The families on Modern Family. Our family is diverse, open, and full of “characters.”
  16. How do you take your coffee?
    I don’t drink coffee. When I was in the Air Force they said, “Just drink it. It’s an acquired taste.” I told them I didn’t want to acquire it.
  17. Do you have any pet peeves?
    People who leave their shopping carts in the parking lot rather than putting them in the designated cart locations.
    Put the buggies back!
  18. What type of music are you into?
    Good music. If it is done well, it doesn’t matter what genre it is. I have a vast and varied collection of music.
  19. What is the best advice you haves ever received?
    “Just do it. What’s the worst that could happen?”
  20. What is the worst advice you have ever received?
    “Just do it. What’s the worst that could happen?”