Rev. John Munro is the senior pastor at Calvary Church in south Charlotte. Munro writes a monthly faith column for South Charlotte Weekly. Contact Munro at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.calvarychurch.com for more information on the church.
Tell us a little bit about your background as a minister.
I was born and raised in my native Scotland, and practiced law in Scotland for 11 years, including time as a criminal prosecutor. But God called me from law to grace. I had heard Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, was a great place to prepare to be a preacher and pastor. My wife and I sold everything we had and moved to Dallas where I received a master’s degree in theology followed later by a Doctor of Ministry degree. We had expected the Lord to call us to serve in Scotland, but a small church of 100 in Pittsburgh where I had served as an intern called me as their first pastor. I have served at Calvary for almost 10 years.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My mother always said, “Don’t seek great things for yourself, but seek first the kingdom of God.”
If you could have a one-hour conversation with anyone, who would it be and why?
Leaving aside Biblical characters, I would relish a conversation with Winston Churchill. I’d like to ask him about leadership, endurance, resiliency and dealing with criticisms.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
“For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
What advice would you give our readers as we enter the New Year?
Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have already broken your New Year resolutions. Make sure you don’t neglect the spiritual dimension of your life. Every day, encourage someone and thank God for some blessing.