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

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..

Blossoming Hope: Persistent Gardeners

By Rev. John Gantt  •  June 17, 2021

We couldn’t help ourselves! When we practiced the anthem, we giggled. Valleys and corn stalks laughing, clapping and singing? You can listen to that portion of the..

The Climb to What We Ought to Be

By Rev. John Gantt  •  May 14, 2021

“When I was your age, I walked to school uphill both ways barefoot in the snow.”  It is an oft-quoted exaggeration. It is not an exaggeration that the trail to the Lewis..

Wrestling In Lent

By Rev. John Gantt  •  March 11, 2021

When I reflect on growing up and Lenten experience, I think of Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I didn’t always understand Lent as described in these words:

The Value of Others

By Rev. John Gantt  •  January 21, 2021

In our newest Abundant Aging blog, we are asked to explore and respect “otherness” as a way to build bridges. English poet William Cowper wrote hymns and poems...

Potholes and Detours

By Rev. John Gantt  •  December 17, 2020

It is the 13,959th word in the Tale of Melibee. Some call it the longest, most boring of all the Canterbury Tales.  After scanning 25 pages to find the word “contempt,”..

Muse and Musician Celebrate Gratitude

By Rev. John Gantt  •  November 13, 2020

So many ways to say thank you — a hug, a kiss, a handshake, a touch on the arm. Too personal, however, until this time of waiting out a pandemic ends.