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