“Whit” is an inventor, author, entrepreneur and owner of Whit’s End—an ice cream shop and “discovery emporium” where kids can be kids. His wise counsel, inventiveness and insight have made him a trusted friend and confidant to everyone in Odyssey.
When you walk into the Whit’s End soda shop, it’s not just another trip for ice cream, especially when John Avery Whittaker’s behind the counter. That’s because Whit, as he’s fondly known, is always ready to tell a story and share his wisdom about life. He’s been described as a blending of C.S. Lewis and Mark Twain – a true “Renaissance man.” Even people who know him well are often surprised by some of his plans for helping kids learn about the Bible or the world. Inventor, writer, archeologist, teacher… Whit is a master of many disciplines in art and science. Above all, Whit is a man of God, a strong Christian who wants nothing more than to lead the people around him to a meaningful and lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ.