One Thousand Days Transformed - The Campaign for Cedarville

John Auker

Private Lesson Instructor


John Auker is a guitarist, bandleader, session musician, and instructor based in Columbus, Ohio. His work is on radio broadcast, TV ads, and albums: Noelle Shearer’s Speak to Me, Vesperteen’s self-titled, and Vineyard Music’s All The Earth Shall Worship: Live. John has performed with multiple GRAMMY nominees and winners throughout his career, as well as Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee Tony Arata (Garth Brooks’ The Dance). He is a member of The Reissues, house band for the venue Thirty-One West. Faithfully recreating George Harrison’s guitar and sitar work, he tours internationally with acclaimed Beatles tributes Hard Day’s Night and 1964 the Tribute. John has played in contemporary worship settings for 25 years, and he is a guitarist for The Naz Church in Grove City, Ohio. He also played and wrote for their worship project Wake the Living’s River Hymnal. John is a featured instructor on and, and he was granted an endorsement with Gretsch at NAMM 2020 from Joe Carducci.

Education and Credentials

  • B.A. in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Guitar Performance, Capital University

Expert Topics

Blues guitar, Jazz Guitar, Classic Rock guitar, Pop Guitar, Guitar work of the Beatles, Beatles History, Beatles recording techniques, Pop and Rock recording techniques, Improvising, Session work, Recording guitar, guitar techniques, serving on a worship team as a guitarist, rehearsing bands, working with venues, serving as a sideman, arranging guitar parts for different genres and styles, Gretsch Guitars, Guitar equipment, Guitar Tone


  • Playing outside with our children
  • Walking our dog Marley
  • Hiking in the Hocking Hills with the whole family when we get the chance
  • Watching our son play soccer and baseball
  • Watching our daughter in horse riding competitions

Why Cedarville?

I chose Cedarville for its mission to push students to pursue excellence in their study of music and worship. I was attracted by the desire to equip servant-leaders. The department's practical, holistic approach to student development prepares music majors and worship majors for fruitful study and careers after they graduate.