John Schaffner was born in Camden, Arkansas in 1975. At a young age, John discovered a love for the great outdoors especially hunting and fishing which has continued to this day. John attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated with a Business Administration diploma. Later he attended Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary in Cochrane, Alberta where he graduated with a Master of Divinity.
John relocated to Winnipeg in December 2016 when he was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of Grant Memorial Church. John's vision for ministry flows from John 13:34-35, A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
John loves spending time with his wife Amy and their children Sadie, Jack and Walt. He believes that discipleship begins at home, so he is intentional about reading the Bible and praying with his family. John has done several extreme obstacle races, a half marathon, and a sprint triathlon. John also enjoys camping, watching movies and searching for the best cheeseburger in town.