Aurora resident John Gilmore, 29, was working as administrative pastor at his church, The Well in Geneva, when he answered 11 questions for the Kane County Chronicle’s Brenda Schory.
Where did you grow up? I was born in Marlton, N.J., but I spent most of my years in Charlotte, N.C.
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Kevin James
First job? Cleaning a store my father managed as the janitorial service
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? My mom always laughed that when I was a kid, I said I wanted to drive the “woo woo car.” She was the only one who could understand that I wanted to be a police officer because the car went “woo woo.” I instead became an administrative pastor.
A book you’d recommend? “Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe” by Mark Driscoll
Favorite charity? We do a lot here with Feed my Starving Children; we also work with Lazarus House and Hesed House.
Hobbies? My favorite thing to do is to go out and wash my car or wash my friends’ cars. What it is for me, is taking something that is completely dirty and helping make it clean and presentable again. I also like to watch sports on TV.
Favorite local restaurant? Vino Thai in St. Charles
What is an interesting factoid about yourself? When I was in third grade, it was the holiday time and I was dared to stick my tongue to a street pole and I did it. And it stuck. My friend had seen “A Christmas Story” the day before. I had never seen the movie.
How did you get unstuck? I put both my feet up against the pole and leaned back and just let what happens happen. Good thing the tongue is the fastest healing part of your body.