John accepted the Lord at the age of 11 after attending a Christian concert at a local church. Even though that was the beginning of his journey, he wonderfully and fully surrendered to the Lord while in college.
After graduating from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Building Construction, John went to work for a local construction firm. He also began playing percussion for the contemporary worship service at FBCN. It was there that he became aware of a job opening at the church in the area of Information Technology. John’s experience in computer networking and repair on the hobby level, led him to apply for the job at the church. In 1998 he became the Director of Information Technology. He continued to work in that capacity until 2000 when he met his wife, Jennifer, who was as a 2nd grade teacher at First Baptist Academy. They were married in 2001 which also marked the year John transitioned from Director of Information Technology to Director of Media and Technology.
John and Jennifer have five children: John Robert (12), Hannah Mae (10), Sarah Kate (5), Elizabeth “Libbey” Jane (2) and our little 2 month old baby girl, Ruth Anna. In August of 2010, John was ordained to the gospel ministry by First Baptist Church Naples after he and Dr. Wicker sensed the Lord leading him to the Gospel ministry through the use of media and technology. John now feels the strong calling of the Lord to support the ministry of the church to reach those that need the gospel of Jesus. He believes that technology will play a very key role in the future and is excited to be used by the Lord for that purpose.
John’s life and ministry verse is:
“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21