John Markum

About Me


Hi! I’m JOHN MARKUM. I’m a pastor, husband, father, and author. Here on my blog, I discuss ministry, leadership, and life in general. I offer resources, share my struggles, and overall just try to add some value to your story.

Tiffany has put up with me for nearly 20 years, given me four awesome kids, and relocated our lives to San Jose, CA 10 years ago, which we are happy to call “home”. We’re currently writing our first book, The Worthwhile Marriage, which we should have published early 2024.

In the meantime, check out my posts, podcasts, books and other stuff I like, mugs I’ve made, and devotionals I’ve written.

So welcome! I hope that what you find here both challenges and encourages you in your journey through life.

The phrase no pain, no gain has been a mantra for athletes and fitness junkies for years. And what they understand about physical pain needs to be broadened to a much more general use in all of our lives. Pain hurts. That's the whole problem. No one enjoys it, and if someone does, we rightfully

The Premium of Pain