German, John S. was born on August 26, 1879 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Son of William Henry and Sarah Rebecca (Slade) German.
Bachelor of Arts, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland., 1908. Doctor of Divinity, Morgan State College, Baltimore. Doctor of Divinity, Dickinson College, 1947.
Elizabeth, Joined Baltimore Conference of Methodist Churches, 1908. Served 3 pastorates; then pastor, Broadway Methodist Church, Baltimore, since 1917. Organizer and superintendent, Baltimore Goodwill Industries, since 1919.
Chairman, department of cities of Methodist Church. Vice president, National Association Goodwill Industries. Trustee, Goucher College.
Clubs: International torch (president Baltimore, 1944), Baltimore Exchange (chaplain since 1942).