How intentional are you about making friends? Long-time friends John Vawter and Jim Wetherbe tell what brought them, and kept them, thriving as friends over the decades. Jim and John look to Jesus as the model for friendship, and talk about the give and take required for real friendship.
Ph.D. in Management Information Systems, Organizational Behavior, and Computer Science with over 40 years experience in academia and industry. Experience includes professorial and administrative positions in higher education including the Universities of Minnesota, Memphis, Houston, and Texas Tech; and management positions with computing, energy, and consulting companies. Rated as one of the top 12 consultants and lecturers on MIS by Information Week, also ranked as one of the 20 most influential scholars in the field. Co-recipient of the first MIS Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award, author or co-author of 35 books (including multiple
editions) and widely published in top journals with over 7,500 citations. Brought in over $15 million in funded research during academic career. Served on the Board of several major corporations including Best Buy and CIBER. Honored as Distinguished alumnus of Texas Tech and New Mexico State Universities and in the Hall of Fame of New Mexico State University.
John has a degrees from the University of Oregon, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bethel Seminary. After 10 years of ministry with Campus Crusade (including 3 years as the Northwest Area Director) he entered pastoral ministry. john served in the suburbs of Minneapolis where we grew the church he pastored from 200 to 1000 and moved to Tempe, AZ on a call to served in a 2000 member church.
He has had the privilege of serving as president of both Western Seminary and Phoenix Seminary. He and wife reside in Scottsdale, AZ.
In 1999 john formed You’re Not Alone, Inc. to help pastors and Christian workers whose kids abuse alcohol and other drugs. He now has a daily radio program that is heard on over 390 stations and a website that is proving to be very helpful to the 20,000 visitors a year. Recently, his resources were given to Lighthouse Network and can be accessed at www.lighthousenetwork.org.