John and his wife, Kelly, served in the pastorate for 13 years in the United States before joining Wycliffe USA in 2001. They are passionate about seeing God's Word provided for communities in a language and form that best serves them.
The Chesnuts spent nine years in the Philippines where they served in a variety of leadership roles. John served with SIL Philippines as Associate Director for Personnel and Partnerships, and then as Director. John also served on the Asia Area staff of SIL International as Director for Strategic Initiatives.
In 2011, the Chesnuts returned to the United States where John served as Chief Development and Partnerships Officer for Wycliffe USA.
John earned a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Ministry from Denver Seminary. He currently serves as Wycliffe USA President/CEO. Kelly oversees Wycliffe USA's organizational spiritual formation and serves as a speaker for Wycliffe Women of the Word.
The Chesnuts love the tapestry of nations that God has woven together in their family of seven children — three of whom are biological and four of whom are adopted (two from Vietnam and two from the Philippines). In his spare time, John can be found enjoying the outdoors — whether hiking, teaching his grandkids how to fish on the lake or going on an early morning walk.
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