John Spencer grew up as a foster child and adopted by a military family in Virginia in 1947. After high school John started a career in the US Army. He was in the 82nd Airborne Division and served as a paratrooper, infantry officer, helicopter pilot and intelligence officer. During his 26 years of service John flew Ch-47 Chinooks, Ah-G/s Cobras, UH-1's and OH-58's. John holds a commercial pilot certificate in fix-wing, helicopter and glider.
John enjoyed an amazing career starting with his education, which includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Florida University and his MBA from American Graduate School of Internal Management in Arizona. He started his technical career with TRW, then continued with work in Orlando, Chicago, Los Angles, Phoenix and finally Redmond. John worked 12 years at Boeing/McDonnell Douglas and 12 years with Microsoft Research. He began working in web development after retiring from Microsoft as a hobby. Besides North Shore John is active in our community serving as Fire Commissioner in Manson District 5 for ten years, Chelan County Sheriff Civil Service Commissioner for three years and Chelan County Sheriff Marine Patrol from 2012 to 2015.
John never had been to the Chelan Valley until one of his co-workers at Microsoft invited John and Marti, John’s better half for 23 years, over for a weekend and as they say, the rest is history. John and Marti have lived in Manson since 2003, moving from Redmond. They both love it here for the small town feel, the weather and the fact it is more conservative oriented.
John and Marti volunteer at North Shore and other organizations than make sense to them. When I asked John why he volunteers he said, “I believe we all need to use our skillsets to help where we can and it’s good for the brain, keeps us young.” Besides volunteering John’s interest includes spending time with their grandkids Taylor and Adam, music (piano) and drone flying.
We are fortunate at NSBC to have John as our webmaster. He designed, built and maintains the site totally on his own, that’s a huge commitment! John has given untold hours of his time to this project so be sure to thank him next time you see him. He has made the site user friendly so even if you are a novice on the computer you will be able to navigate NSBC’s site with ease.
When I asked Pastor Craig for a few words about our webmaster he said, “I have such great respect for John. He has taught me so much when it comes to using the Internet. John was the one who taught me that when someone emails you, email them back even if it is to say, “I got it.” Don’t leave them hanging! John is a great blessing in our church family as our webmaster. All the staff appreciates what he does for our church website and church directory. Thank you, John for all you do!”
“We designed the website for two basic reasons, John stated. First it keeps our congregation up to speed and informed about NSBC and second it’s a tool to introduce NSBC to people outside the church and encourage them to visit our Thursday or Sunday service. Our goal is to increase website visits 15 to 20 percent a year.”
So what’s in it for me, why should I use NSBC’s website? You should never ask John a question like that as he could go on for a couple pages! Let’s take a look. Fire up your computer and type www.northshorebc.org in the address bar. This will take you to the home page, your jump off place to explore our website.
- Sign up for the monthly Pastor’s Letter, Announcements and Latest News that will be sent via email.
- View the church’s online Directory, which is password protected for your safety. Using the form at the bottom of the page you can check your listing for accuracy and make changes or add yourself to the directory.
- View church events.
- Download past sermons.
- View Church’s photo gallery.
- Submit a prayer request.
- Sign up for Online Giving that provides a secure and safe method for Offerings and Tithes.
- Check on appropriate movies at the Christian Movie Ministry.
- Make use of the tons of resource information available at your fingertips.
- And much much more!
As long as you are venturing into the social media world be sure to check out the NSBC’ Facebook page for even more information. If you need help getting started contact John Spencer or Norm Manly.
By Norm Manly