SOS: John WindhorstStories of Service: John Windhorst
Once an engineer--always an engineer
John Windhorst’s interest in what makes things work started long before his teen years. As a youth in Detroit, he became fascinated with all things electrical. That led to a BSEE degree from Purdue University followed by an MBA from the University of Chicago.
With a strong Lutheran background, John reflects on his faith journey at Westwood. He recalls how a daily Bible study and a closely-knit group of “breakfast guys” helped him to keep balance in his life, and credits the Holy Spirit with moving him to serve as a Stevens Minister at Westwood. In addition to his active choir participation, John served on the evangelism and adult education committees and as a faithful technician for our church sound and video systems for over 10 years.
John speaks freely of the challenge he now faces living with COPD-a breathing impairment. Currently retired and homebound, John is sporting a new beard! He enjoys reading (science fiction--what else?),cooking, watching TV and admits to long time addiction to Indy-style car racing.
John suggests that he is unable to “go out” and make disciples for Christ, but joyfully puts his engineer talents and passion for evangelism to work at Westwood! To say that John works remotely to help maintain and upload audio sermons and valuable resource materials to our website is an understatement. John seamlessly manages and manipulates numerous computer programs and is steadfast in his support.
Recently, John created a Year of the Bible Archive Guide to a program that has brought hundreds of people together in friendship and wonderful small group discussions. This YOB Guide provides information on the first four years of Westwood’s Year of the Bible program. You can find it under the Media section of the website, or type the following link into your web browser- http://www.westwoodlutheran.org/litesite.cfm?page_content=downloads_include.cfm&content_id=421
John also found a way to contribute to others with similar health difficulties. He maintains two COPD web sites and has served as the VP of Copd-Support, Inc. for 12 years.
Please keep John in your prayers as he continues to bless our Westwood community and those dealing with COPD health issues.