John Ashcroft is the son of the late Assemblies of God minister and college president, J. Robert Ashcroft, and his wife, Grace. He is a graduate of Yale University and received his law degree from the law school of the University of Chicago.
For over three decades, John Ashcroft filled various public service leadership roles including Missouri auditor, Missouri attorney general, and governor of Missouri. He also served six years in the United States senate. His final governmental responsibility found him as U.S. attorney general where he led the Justice Department in its response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. At the Department of Justice he guided United States efforts to prevent further terrorist-inflicted damage to America and its liberty.
In the years since his 2005 retirement from federal service, Ashcroft has led two private businesses, The Ashcroft Group and the Ashcroft Law Firm. He has also taught as a Distinguished Professor of Law and Government at Regent University.
Ashcroft and his wife, Janet, are passionate about congregational participation in worship by the body of Christ. A substantial part of his time is now spent as a volunteer leading A Congregational Service of Scripture and Songs. National and district organizations and churches of various denominations, including Assemblies of God, Baptist, and Church of God, have received these congregational services of Scripture and songs with enthusiasm and gratitude.
Ashcroft regularly attends Evangel Temple Christian Center in Springfield, Missouri.