John first came to Hampton Roads compliments of the U.S. Navy in 1978. He was invited to this church (formerly Fellowship Baptist Church) by a fellow sailor on his ship (the U.S.S. San Diego). John met his future wife Robin here on that first Sunday visit, and a few months later trusted Christ as his personal Savior. (Life-change on two fronts!) After being honorably discharged from the Navy, the newlyweds felt God’s specific call into full-time ministry.
John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pastoral Ministries, and a Master of Arts degree in Church Growth from Liberty University. He came back to serve here as an associate pastor for 6 years (1988-1994), then served as lead pastor at Custer Baptist Church in Custer, MI for 5 years (1994-1999), and has been back here at Point Harbor serving as our lead pastor since 1999.
John and Robin have been married 34 years, and have 3 adult children who are all married and serving faithfully in local churches themselves.