Curriculum Vitae

John McCollister

Dr. John McCollister





· B.A., Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, 1957

· M. Div., Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, 1961

· Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1969


Professional History   


· Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church, Freeland, MI

· Pastor, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Lansing, MI

· Professor, Olivet College, Olivet, MI

· Professor, Bethune-Cookman College

· Professor/Administrator, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.

· Arbitrator, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, American Arbitration Association, National Mediation Board

· President and Founder of American Writers Institute since 1982




21 books, including:

· The Christian Book of Why (Random House)

· Writing for Dollars (Barnes & Noble)

· The Bucs! The Story of the Pittsburgh Pirates (Addax)

· The Tigers and Their Den (Addax)

· The Sky is Home (Jonathan David)

· The Best Baseball Games Ever Played (Citadel Press)

· Tales from the Cockpit (Sports Publishing)

· Echoes from the Smithsonian (Spotlight Press)

· God and the Oval Office (Thomas Nelson Company)


Articles published in more than 500 magazines and newspapers including:

· The Saturday Evening Post:

· Family Circle,

· Sport,

· Columbus Dispatch,

· San Francisco Chronicle,

· Plane & Pilot,

· Private Pilot,

· Writers Digest,

· Boston Globe,

· Lady’s Circle,

· Entrepreneur


Items of Interest


Seminar leader for writers on “How to Get Published”

Member, National Bar Association;

Consultant, Univ. of Texas School of Law;

Private Pilot;

Chaplain for players of Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers;

Sang National Anthem prior to Major League Baseball games in Detroit, Los Angeles and Minneapolis;

National Lincoln Day Speaker, Washington, D.C.;

Regular Guest Commentator on ESPN;

Wrote “Baseball Invocation” on display at Baseball’s Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, New York;

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Religion.