I am a native Californian and a graduate of Dartmouth College, Oxford University, where I studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and the Claremont School of Theology. An ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, I earned my Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California, with emphases in religion and early American history.
My first book, MRS. HUNTER'S HAPPY DEATH (Doubleday, 2006) was born from my pastoral work with the dying and chronicles the unexpected grace with which some people finish their lives.
Forthcoming in August 2021 from Fortress Press, ONE LIFE TO GIVE was born from my doctoral studies and tells an unexpected story of the American Revolution.
My writing has appeared in the Christian Century, the San Diego Union-Tribune and other publications. In my blog, I try to write "across the lines" of life and death, past and present, here and there.
I have worked for both churches and non-profit organizations and am presently serving as Executive Director of Via International, an organization with deep roots in both San Diego, California and Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
Rev. John Fanestil, Ph.D.