About Me


Just another day roasting coffee!

My name is John Stevens, and welcome to Pastor John's Blessed Beans.  I thought I would take some time and answer some questions that might be floating around out there:

Are you really a pastor?
I am!  I have been an ordained pastor in the ELCA (Lutheran) for more than 20 years, and I absolutely love what I do! 

What is your favorite part of being a pastor?
Having a cup of coffee with someone and calling it work!  That might sound silly but I really mean it.  It is powerful to sit across from another human being and connect with them over a cup of coffee.  It strips away the screen we communicate through, whether that be through texting or social media. 

How did you get started roasting coffee? 
Christmas 2017 I was given two bags of green coffee, and a booklet about how to roast it.  I started with an air popcorn maker, moved to a Behmor 1600plus, then to a Behmor 2000ab, only to add a second Behmor to the mix.  Lately, I have been roasting at a local CoOp roasting factory, and I love it.

Who came up with that wonderful slogan, "Turning Water Into Coffee!"?
My lovely and creative wife, Sharon Dawson

A friend of mine wrote this beautiful post on her blog, which I think does a great job highlight my coffee, and myself.  Take a look: 

Pastor, Author, Magician, Coffee Roaster: John Stevens