John Crilly is the son of a construction worker and is married to a farmer's daughter. He spent nearly twenty-three years in the marketplace in leadership and project management positions, and four years as the Q Place national field director. Shortly after he graduated as an engineer from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), John's life was radically transformed by Jesus Christ. With a new heart and passion for helping others discover God, he directed his enthusiasm and energy into seeker small group and sports ministry. He has helped equip others in the seeker small group movement by training adults, church leaders, and university students. As a writer, poet, and certified professional life coach, John led the development of the Q Place training curriculum, The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations. John is passionate about loving, inviting, and welcoming people onto God's team—and encouraging and equipping others to do the same. He has been married to Danielle since 1990. They live in the Chicago area, where they love their neighbors.