John Tolson has taught and spoken nationally and internationally. For more than 45 years, John has spiritually mentored hundreds of thousands of adults and students through conferences, chaplaincy, and the books he’s written. In fact, about one million people have been helped through The Gathering, a discipleship ministry he founded.
John’s deepest desire is to see people become the leaders God created them to be; successful in family, life & business. John has served as a faith developer for some of the nation’s leading executives, celebrities, and athletes. He started one of the fist team chaplain programs in the NBA, and he has served multiple professional sports teams. As an avid basketball player and fan, he holds a personal best record of 127 straight free throws.
Married to Punky Leonard Tolson in 2001, John is the father of two grown children with his late wife Ruth Anne, and has three adorable grandchildren. John received his Master of Divinity from Columbia Seminary and Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.