John Slack


Mark Schafer of North Platte, Nebraska, was a good friend of John’s.

Mark wrote this tribute:

My first college roommate at the University of Missouri was the coolest Christian guy I ever met. His name was John Slack. He grew up in Chicago, was an athlete and had a kind of wild-eyed enthusiasm that was effervescent. He was in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Young Life and organized a large Bible study in our dorm by going door to door. He led me and dozens of other college students to the Lord and was a huge influence in my life. He died of heart disease February 17, 2006.

We are making February 17 John Slack Day at Maranatha. Anyone wishing to contribute to the memorial can earmark their donation as John Slack Memorial Fund.

John played baseball at Mizzou and minor league ball in the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and Oakland Athletics organizations. In recent years he owned and operated a chain of baseball batting cages in Southern California called “Slammo.” I stayed in touch with him over the years and saw him several times when we visited our daughter Jessica and her family in Los Angeles.

John Slack DayJohn Slack, Mark Schafer and Mike Bahorich at PK 99We attended a couple of Promise Keeper events together and in 2000, he came out as my guest and played in the annual golf event to raise money for Maranatha scholarships. He hit the longest drive I’ve ever seen a human being hit on the third hole at Iron Eagle (North Platte) – a 320–yard bomb after the other three guys in the group had hit into the water. We pleaded with him to hit a safe iron, but he would have nothing to do with it. He lived his life like he hit the ball – with a lot of gusto and an eye on the prize.

John Slack (center) with his friends Mark Schafer (left) and

Mike Bahorich at a Promise Keepers event in 1999.