Dr. John Farquhar Plake is a researcher with a pastor’s heart. He brings together the worlds of social science, business intelligence, and spiritual formation, helping Christian leaders understand how people grow and mature in Christ. John is the owner of Mission Insights, LLC, and the lead researcher for the University Spiritual Life Survey. He also leads American Bible Society’s Ministry Intelligence team, helping the organization re-introduce the Bible to America.
Over 29 years of full-time ministry, John has served as a pastor, missionary, professor, and researcher. His work with the University Spiritual Life Survey has given him unique insight into the spiritual formation issues facing emerging adults in the context of Christian higher education.
John is an ordained minister, and he earned a Ph.D. in intercultural studies (missiology). He is married to Tabitha, and they have two daughters. The Plakes make their home in Wilmington, Delaware.