John has served as pastor of First Baptist Church since 1995, coming to Hot Springs from suburban Kansas City, Missouri, where he served for over 13 years at First Baptist Church of Greenwood. John received his bachelor degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and did his masters and doctoral work at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. John has been married to Dayna since 1977. They have two children; Nathan and Kristen, and 5 grandchildren. In ministry, John most enjoys preaching/teaching, writing for his blog, engaging with people, and missions. Outside of work, John enjoys following the Razorbacks, playing with his grandkids, World War II history, golf, reading, dabbling with his guitar, and fitness training.