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About John Pantana

John J. Pantana grew up on a small farm in Elida, Ohio. As the son of a converted Roman Catholic turned Baptist preacher and Mennonite mother, John, his two brothers, and sister attended a two-room Mennonite Christian Day School for the first eight years of his education.

John received his B.S. in Secondary Education from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC , in ‘70. In ‘74 he earned an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA and an Ed.D. in Research and Statistics from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA , in ‘85.
John began his educational career teaching mathematics at both the middle and high school levels in Christian schools in: Bainbridge, GA; Hammond, IN; and Atlanta, GA. In ‘72 he served as Assistant Principal of Forrest Hills Christian Elementary School , Decatur, GA. The next year he became the principal of Forrest Hills Christian High School . In ‘74 he moved to Lynchburg, VA, where he taught high school mathematics and general science at Lynchburg Christian Academy. In ‘75 he began teaching in the mathematics and education departments at Liberty University (then Lynchburg Baptist College). From ‘79-‘88, John served as Coordinator/Department Chair of Secondary Education. He currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in the School of Education at Liberty University, and has supervised teacher candidates in both public and private schools in the Central Virginia area. For 10 years, from 1996-2006, John was also an adjunct Professor of Business Statistics at Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA.
John and his wife Linda married in 1970. They have eleven grandchildren and five children: Krista, a CPA in Woodstock,GA; Lisa, an elementary principal in the Lynchburg Public School System; Matt, a software developer; Jason, a speaker and business coach; and Joshua, a musician. For the past 40 years, in addition to teaching, John and his family have been involved in gospel music. They have recorded several albums and have ministered in hundreds of churches across America and in foreign countries.


Present Professor of Education, Liberty University School of Education

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Honors and Awards

  • Educational Research Association 2009 Distinguished (VERA 2010)


1985 Doctor of Education, University of Virginia
1974 Master of Education, Georgia State University
1970 Bachelor of Science, Bob Jones University

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John Pantana, Ph. D.
Professor of Education
Liberty University


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