John Worrell is a native of Indiana. He got his bachelors degree from Milligan College and graduate degrees from Christian Theological Seminary and Butler University before receiving his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. Ordained to the ministry by the Disciples of Christ, he has served churches in Tennessee, Indiana, and California, and taught on the faculties of Phillips University, Hartford Seminary, and College of the Holy Cross, before serving as archaeologist and director of research at Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts. For more than 30 years he conducted archaeological excavation and education projects in the West Bank, Israel, and the United States. He currently conducts a human rights information and advocacy network on the internet.
John and his wife, Linda Ammons, returned in August 1995 from a two-year assignment as oversees staff for the United Church Board of World Ministries and the Disciples Division of Overseas Ministries, during which they lived in the Palestinian village of Beit Hanina on the northern outskirts of Jerusalem. Linda taught at BirZeit University in the Palestinian territories under Israeli military occupation. John worked with Palestinian, Israeli, and international human rights organizations in the Jerusalem area and the Occupied Territories.
A book of their experiences has been edited from reports they sent back and was published by the Middle East Office of the UCBWM-DOM under the title:
Letters from P@lestine: e-mail excerpts in an age of uncertainty.