John Pentland has been Lead Minister at Hillhurst United Church since September 2005. Originally from Ontario, John studied at Queen's University, the University of Toronto, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago, earning his D.Min. in 2002. John is married to Anna and together they parent four children: Jesse, Josh, Allie, and Charlotte. John is passionate about making connections between religion and living a meaningful life. With one foot in the church and one in the community, he believes what we do at Hillhurst United Church should impact and support all areas of our life.
John explores crossover theology with topics like wine and spirituality, "REEL" theology, and issues of lived hospitality. He is excited to be working in a community that seeks relevance, connection and the living of a passionate life. In 2015, John published the book "Fishing Tips - How Curiosity Transformed a Community of Faith."