John Certalic

In addition to hosting and producing the You Were Made for This podcast, John is the executive director and co-founder of Caring for Others, a missionary care ministry. Along with training, counseling, and debriefing work with cross-cultural workers, John has trained lay counselors and taught pastoral care seminars and workshops for churches and mission organizations on five continents.

He formerly taught in the public schools for 7+ years, worked as an executive recruiter, started a business he ran for 24 years, wrote and published an industry newsletter, and authored an award-winning book.

John also formed and led a mastermind group for pastors, which ran for four years. It was a place for pastors to discuss ministry and personal issues in a safe and confidential setting where they benefited from their peers' collective experience and Godly wisdom.

Furthermore, he is the author of THEM – The Richer Life Found in Caring for Others. Writer’s Digest Magazine awarded it the “Best Inspirational Book of 2016.”

John has an M.S. in Counseling and is a certified trauma counselor. He has two grown children, four grandchildren, and lives in New Berlin, Wisconsin with his wife, Janet.

Caring for Others

The You Were Made for This podcast, blog, and other materials and resources on this website are sponsored by Caring for Others, a member care ministry. Its purpose is to increase the effectiveness of missionaries and reduce their attrition rate.

Caring for Others provides counseling, debriefing, and pastoral care training. It is a ministry designed to strengthen and encourage missionaries – and those who send them.

The weekly You Were Made for This podcast started in 2018 to equip global Christian workers to better care for each other on the field. It focuses on the number one challenge missionaries tell us they face: relationships. As of this writing, the podcast has been downloaded in 56 countries.

Caring for Others has ministered to over 1,300 missionaries from 72 different sending agencies serving in 86 countries worldwide.

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