John was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and he was called “the Son of Thunder” by Jesus himself.
According to apostles big cities like Ephesus, Smyrna and Laodicea would help them to spread the new religion in the Western World. It is accepted that John came to Ephesus together with Virgin Mary who had been entrusted to him, for the first time. John’s Gospel says that “When on the cross, Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son’ then he said to the disciple, ‘here is your mother’. From that hour the disciple took her into his own home and never separated again. (John 19:26-27)
The first Christian community in Ephesus was established by St. John. In 64, after St Paul was decapitated outside the city wall of Rome, John again became the leader of the Ephesians church community.
In spite of his old age, St John went around Asia Minor together with St Peter to spread Christianity. He was tried to be killed two times; a glass of poisonous drink was given him but with a miracle poison came out in the form of a snake when St John was ready to drink it and also he was exiled to Island of Patmos where he wrote his Apocalypse. In 95 CE he returned to Ephesus and started writing his Gospel. St John died in Ephesus and according to his will, he was buried nearby Ephesus. His all words and Gospel still live today.