John Marboe is known to many as Reverend Doctor Garbage Man. He’s a Lutheran pastor, a professor, and a garbage hauler.
Growing up in Alexandria, Minnesota, he admired his local garbage man. In fact, he was friends with that man’s son and regularly played on the edge of the city landfill, marveling at the treasures people would discard.
After finishing his graduate degree in 2011, times were lean for John’s family. So he took a job hauling trash and before long, he discovered some surprising connections between his work on his garbage route and his work as a pastor.
At StoryCorps, John spoke with his 13-year-old daughter, Charlie.
You can learn more about John on his blog, Rev. Dr. Garbage Man.
Originally broadcast January 20, 2017, on NPR’s Morning Edition.