Dr. John McCollister

John McCollister


A Lifetime

Pittsburgh Pirates Fan

“John McCollister is an incurable romantic,” wrote one reviewer.  This captures the attitude that has shaped a varied career.   In addition to his success as a writer with 21 published books and more than 500 newspaper and magazine articles, he is a professor, federal arbitrator and private pilot.


Dr. McCollister was graduated with a B.A. in History from Capital University. He received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and his Ph.D. in Communications from Michigan State University.


His articles have appeared in a long list of publications including: The Saturday Evening Post, The Boston Globe, Lady's Circle, Entrepreneur, Writer's Digest, Christian Herald, Family Circle and Science Digest


His best-selling book, The Christian Book of Why, is in its seventh printing.  His book -- Writing for Dollar$ -- offers the 75 most important tips on how to get published.


He never reached his early goal of becoming a Major League Baseball player. "I was cut from tryout camp due to a few bad breaks and an amazing lack of talent," he says with a smile of self deprecation.  However, one of his creations -- A Baseball Invocation -- was placed in the archives of Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.


For 11 years he served as pastor of Lutheran Congregations in Michigan.  During four of these years he was chaplain to members of the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers.   From 1971 - 1974 he sang the national anthem prior to the Tiger’s baseball games.  Since then, he has sung our national anthem at stadiums throughout these United States.


Dr. McCollister serves as an arbitrator for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, American Arbitration Association and the National Mediation Board.  He is a member of the National Bar Association.


Most sought after as a speaker, in 1982 Dr. McCollister delivered the address at the National Lincoln Day observance in Washington, D.C. -- an honor previously given Evangelist Billy Graham, Sen. Mark Hatfield and Bishop Fulton J. Sheen.


God and the Oval Office explores how faith and religion have both helped and heeded Presidents of the United States. 


Readers find it fun, introspective and topical.

John McCollister


John McCollister


Throwing the Game Opening First Pitch