Born in Canada, and raised in southwest England and northern Ontario, John Stackhouse was educated in history and religious studies at three of North America's leading institutions: Queen's University in Ontario, Wheaton College Graduate School, and The University of Chicago. Currently, John holds the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology and Culture at Regent College, an international graduate school of Christian studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

John is the author of seven books (his publishers include Oxford University Press and Baker Academic); the editor of four volumes; and the author of more than 500 articles, book chapters, and reviews in leading academic journals, major newspapers, and magazines. His writings range over history, sociology, philosophy, theology, and comparative religion.

John's commentary on religion and contemporary culture has been sought by major broadcast media, such as ABC News, NBC News, and PBS in the United States and by CBC TV and Radio, CTV News, and Global TV News in Canada. He has been reviewed or quoted in major print media as well, such as The Times Literary Supplement, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Reader's Digest, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Maclean's.

Married for more than twenty years and the father of three sons, John enjoys skiing and hiking with his family and playing basketball, touch football, or hockey. He is also a jazz musician, and gives the occasional performance on piano, guitar, trumpet, or electric bass.