John Tyler Connoley is the Conference Minister of the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ. They have spent most of their adult life serving in the church, first as a lay leader and then as an ordained minister. They grew up in Zambia, where their parents were missionaries in the Wesleyan Church. They came to the United Church of Christ in 2004 and have served in the conference setting of the United Church of Christ since 2014. Rev. Connoley loves connecting people and helping them find their calling, and has years of experience in group and individual discernment processes. Rev. Connoley has been a prophetic voice, advocating for full LGBTQ+ religious inclusion since 1992. A biblical theologian and storyteller, Rev. Connoley has a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Divinity, both from Earlham School of Religion. Their undergraduate degree is in Business and Economics from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition to their ministry activities, Rev. Connoley is a small business owner with their husband.