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John Simpson has served the St. James Cathedral Parish since 2021. Previously, he served the parish in the role of Pastoral Care Minister from 2007 to 2016. In his current role as Director of Faith Formation he coordinates Marriage Preparation, Welcome Back, Baptism, and Adult Education.
Raised Catholic in the Archdiocese of Chicago, where he attended Catholic school, he later became an ordained protestant minister. He served as pastor of churches in NY, IA, CT, and Seattle. He returned to the Catholic faith in 2003. In addition, he worked with and wrote curriculum for Prison Fellowship, taught as adjunct faculty in theology at Seattle Pacific University, and served as faculty in the Cabrini Ministry Training program. Additionally, he worked at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish in the role of pastoral assistant for adult faith and family formation from 2016 to 2021.
John holds a doctorate from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston MA, a master of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and bachelor of arts in biblical studies from Seattle Pacific College.

Contact John at jsimpson@stjames-cathedral.org or 206-654-4658.




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