John Finley is senior minister at First Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia.

John’s articles that have appeared on are available here.

1. Where did you grow up?

St. Louis.

2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

Hebrews 12:1-2.

It invites us to remember the great personalities of church history while looking to Jesus as “the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”

3. What is your favorite movie? Why?

“The Shawshank Redemption.”

It is essentially a film about the power of hope to transform a person’s life.

4. Who are three of the people you admire?

Harry Emerson Fosdick, Edwin Dahlberg (a northern Baptist minister for whom the ABC-USA Dahlberg Peace Award is named) and Walter B. Shurden.

5. What is one little-known fact about you?

I have led 16 mission trips to Cuba since 1995.

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