John David Ashworth is deeply committed to helping churches and faith-based organizations navigate conflict in ways that leave them in a stronger, healthier position to pursue their stated purpose and mission. Whether through mediation, coaching, policy development, facilitation or training, John David is focused on helping congregations and non-profits make their conflicts less painful and more purposeful.
Originally from the southern U.S., John David moved to Canada in 1994 after finishing a B.A. in Religion/Comparative Area Studies at Duke University. Over the years, he completed several graduate-level courses in theology, church history, ethics, and Biblical studies. John David completed a certificate in ADR through York University’s School of Continuing Education in 2013, and is currently pursuing a Master of Laws (ADR) degree through Osgoode Hall’s Professional Development Program. John David has been a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario since 2012, and a Qualified Mediator through the ADR Institute of Canada since 2013. Prior to becoming a mediator, John David had a career in legal publishing, taught adult literacy and worked with adults with developmental disabilities.
John David’s work in conflict management is relentlessly hopeful and rooted in a desire to build relationships that are based on respect and trust. Although dealing with conflict can become an exercise in avoiding pain while facing guilt and frustration, John David believes there are also opportunities for creativity, health, and faithfulness in conflict. For John David, Shalom is not a static concept. Instead, it is a deep, transformative desire to live in harmony with God and neighbour and he brings this passion to his work.