About Rev. John Gantt

Now retired, previously John served as called and interim pastor of congregations in Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Indiana. As a member of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the UCC, he served as executive director of Crossroad, formerly Fort Wayne Children’s Home in Indiana, as interim executive of Back Bay Mission, Biloxi, MS, and as interim Director of Client Services, Back Bay Mission. On three occasions, he served as interim Conference Minister in Central Pacific Conference (Oregon and southern Idaho), Indiana Kentucky Conference, and Ohio (Heartland) Conference. He was ordained in Marion, OH in 1960, two blocks from the current location of United Church Homes, Inc.

Recent Blog Posts

Take the stand!

By Rev. John Gantt  •  July 07, 2022

The command was neither invitational nor gentle. Nor did it involve a courtroom and a swearing in. Maybe a little swearing at! It was about being male freshmen concert..

Boat of Peace

By Rev. John Gantt  •  June 02, 2022

An international conference. Bagels and wine on the beach. A muddy boat. Polyurethane. Kibbutz. Popsicles before lunch. A song.

A Season of Beauty and Rhythm

By Rev. John Gantt  •  March 17, 2022

Purchase College. I’m not encouraging you to buy a college. Purchase College is in – wait for it – Purchase, New York. Do not try to purchase New York, either. Purchase..

Memories of Musical Moments

By Rev. John Gantt  •  February 10, 2022

After five months on the job, I nearly lost it. Because of Palm Sunday. We opened with the grand processional hymn “All Glory, Laud and Honor.” The choir, the children..

Invincible Summer

By Rev. John Gantt  •  January 13, 2022

Slide projectors, each with its own carousel, were stacked three high. They were managed by a dissolve unit, and by the creativity of the writer/photographer whose..

Moving with Mary's song

By Rev. John Gantt  •  December 23, 2021

The theme for our Advent season blog posts have been “Sign of things to come.” This reflection for the fourth Sunday of Advent is “Moving with Mary’s song.” I have..

See Change

By Rev. John Gantt  •  October 21, 2021

The term “sea change” is a metaphor. It describes dramatic, even cataclysmic, transformations of policies, practices, or perspective. We saw two sea changes on a Dolphin..

Making Harvest Blessings

By Rev. John Gantt  •  September 09, 2021

My all-time favorite Christmas hymn is “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and the poem by Phillips Brooks. I stood in awe and delight when I spotted his statue in Copley..

Rooted in Love

By Rev. John Gantt  •  July 29, 2021

The Root of the Matter Gardening is not my forte. I have the flower beds to prove it. Only one in ten of the 42 plants, roots, and bulbs I put in the ground this spring..