Pastor John is the head pastor of the Pentecostal First Assemblies of God Church in Huntsville, Alabama. Pastor John and his wife briefly take Gifty in while her mother is in the psychiatric hospital. He is the link that keeps Gifty connected to and informed about her mother, first when she is sent to Ghana as a child and later when her mother falls into her second depression while Gifty is in grad school in California. Like many of the other representatives of religion in the book, Pastor John’s espouses a literalistic interpretation of the Bible and shuns science as an attack on his faith. Yet, his beliefs aren’t unshakable and they do change in response to circumstances, such as when he becomes more forgiving and less harsh about extramarital sex after his own teenage daughter becomes pregnant. Because he remains faithful to Gifty and her mother and offers them more support than anyone else after Nana’s death, Gifty retains a certain affection for him.
Pastor John Character Timeline in Transcendent Kingdom
The timeline below shows where the character Pastor John appears in Transcendent Kingdom. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...experimental mice have been fighting. She separates them as she speaks on the phone to Pastor John , who is worried because her mother isn’t coming to church or answering the phone.... (full context)
...the other Ghanaians paced, wept, and sang, questioning God while the Americans watched on, perplexed. Pastor John ’s prayers assured everyone that Nana’s death was God’s plan. Gifty was keenly aware of... (full context)
...willed her mother, in the words of the Biblical text, to “come forth.” Gifty called Pastor John , who called an ambulance. As Gifty’s mother was lifted onto a stretcher, she apologized... (full context)
...to have helped her other symptoms and she started going back to church. Gifty begs Pastor John for updates over the phone, but he only has superficial information, like what her mother... (full context)