In 1986 John worked for IKEA as a decorator but decided to launch out and serve God full-time and subsequently joined IRR/TV. The family moved to Finland where they re-settled and their second daughter was born shortly thereafter.
Working from a home-built studio in a small countryside house, John helped his brother Hannu develop the video cassette ministry, producing and distributing Christian videos to the Underground Church in Russia.
In 1990, John and his family returned to Canada to continue to work with IRR/TV Canada, which was passed on to him by cofounder Gordon Donaldson. With a name change to Great Commission Media Ministries in 2010, John has continued to grow the ministry as its Canadian Director. He gives thanks to God for loyal and dedicated prayer partners who support from all across Canada.