Marshall C. St. John

Updated June 27, 2001

Dr. Marshall Carlisle St. John, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry, Certified in Aircraft Electronics, Electronics Technician's Society, First Class Licensee of the Federal Communications Commission, Radar Endorsement for Ships at Sea, Pastor of Wayside Presbyterian Church, Signal Mountain, TN.

I was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, in 1947. I grew up there and in Mason City, Iowa, just South of Minnesota. My family moved from Marshalltown to Mason City when I was in the fourth grade. Soon after that I began taking cello lessons from Mr. Norman Selness, the public school string teacher. Mason City had an excellent city-wide string program in the public schools, with elementary and senior high orchestras. (My high school stand partner is now a professional cellist performer and educator in California.) Mr. Selness continued to teach music in Minot, North Dakota. I also studied cello with John Ehrlich, cello professor at Drake University in Des Moines.

As a teenager I wanted to be either a scientist, or a professional cellist, but finally felt led by God to enter full-time Christian work; so I set out for Moody Bible Institute (Chicago), following high school. While in Chicago, I studied cello for a time at the American Conservatory. I was reared a Baptist, but now I'm a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). I pastored a church near Charlotte, NC for 13 years, and now I pastor Wayside Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, Tennessee.

I have a BA from Moody, a Master of Divinity degree from Faith Theological Seminary (Elkins Park, PA), and a Dr. of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary (St. Louis). I have been a pastor for 25 years. My wife Grace and I came to Wayside Presbyterian Church in Signal Mountain, TN, in 1989. (We were married in Philadelphia in 1973. Grace is Chinese, born on the mainland, and moved to Taiwan at the age of four.) Our son David attends the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and our daughter Rebekah teaches junior high English near Greenville, SC. Our cat's name is Kyle. She is grey, white and black, and very friendly, but sheds hair like crazy, so she must be an "outside cat."

I have two hobbies. One is messing around with my computer, writing web pages, surfing the internet and so on. The other is playing the cello, as you may have already gathered. I play in the Chattanooga Symphony, for which I also created the website. I also made a website especially for young cellists called "Cello Heaven," and our church website, too. My cello is Czechoslovakian, and was probably made in a factory there in the 1920's or 1930's. I've been using it since 1964, when it was purchased for me by my father.

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