John Vermilya

Forge Speaker

Resisting spiritual apathy and getting in the game

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Motivating full abandon

to jesus christ

When it’s tempting to sit as a spectator in the stands, John Vermilya challenges audiences to resist spiritual apathy, stagnancy, and religiosity—and instead, to get in the game by following Jesus Christ with full abandon.

Through storytelling and humor, he reflects on his own Christian walk and his experiences as an athlete, including four years as a professional soccer player for the Charlotte Eagles, and more than a decade as a soccer ministry tour leader with Missionary Athletes International.

About John

John approaches his role as a Forge speaker like a spiritual coach, motivating and training youth and adults to become gospel-driven disciples who strive passionately towards Kingdom goals.

He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and serves as Lead Pastor of The Tabernacle in Buckley, Michigan.

John and his wife, Darcey, have five children.

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“Following Jesus means fighting for

the heart of your king, and it is a life-and-death proposition.”

Additional Resources

from John Vermilya

Eight Marks CD

An audio resource that teaches the 8 marks of a disciple in short 7-10 minute tracks


Multiplying Movements

A Book or Video Series Discipleship Tool for Everyday Followers of Jesus


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