John was the pastor of the Baptist church which was right next to the Presbyterian church I served when I was in Gainesville. Delmer created a continuing education program I was in which was hugely influential in my life.
IIRC, John came to that congregation after the pastor and another staff member (maybe the secretary?) both left their spouses and ran off together.
He knew that when he accepted the job. But there was more.
Not long after he arrived, the music director came to him and said, “I need to tell you this before you read it in the paper tomorrow…”
…which I think beats even “We need to talk” on the “List Of Phrases You Never Want To Hear Because Nothing Good Ever Follows It”…
The music director (male) had not only had “Inappropriate” relationships with more than one member of the Youth choir, but these relationships were with members of the Youth who were also male.
Then — and I am not making this up — not long after they dealt with all of that, they realized that the Offering was much lower on some Sundays than it was on other Sundays, even though it didn’t seem to match up with attendance, etc. So they installed a security camera pointed at the safe… and caught one of the janitors who opened the safe, spotted the camera, and then tried to back out of the room as if nothing had happened.
(All of this is from memory and might be incorrect in some details but you get the idea.)
So… yeah. Just in case you ever feel bad about some ugly situation you inherited at work that was worse than you imagined…
John remains one of the most genuinely upbeat and positive people I’ve ever met. How he does it, I don’t know.