Psalm 22:10 “…since the moment of birth you’ve been my God.”
John was at youth camp when he was 14 years old when he sensed a strong call from God to enter the ministry. He went home and sat down at the kitchen table with his mom and shared the encounter with God that he had that week. She began to tell him the story. This was a moment she had anticipated for years.
John was born two months premature. His lungs were underdeveloped along with other complications and he had very little chance to live. The doctor spoke to the family and explained that John didn’t have a chance of surviving without a blood transfusion. While this grieving mother prayed, she heard God speak to her heart: “Your son will be a minister of My Word.” She kept hearing this inner voice over and over in her spirit and knew God was doing something. Minutes later the doctor came with this report, “We don’t know what just happened, but your baby is showing improvement and he doesn’t even need a blood transfusion!”
Through the years, John prepared himself for ministry and graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Angela also has experienced God’s call upon her life. She grew up in a pastor’s home, and she has always been active in ministry. She also has her BA degree in business from National Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri.
John and Angela began their ministry in 1993 by serving as Youth Pastors for 2 years. From 1995 to 2005 they served as Senior Associate Pastors at The Rock Church in Oklahoma City. In November 2005, they moved with their four children to Frisco, Texas to begin a church plant: Alter Church of Frisco. After building a strong foundation and developing a personal discipleship and relationship building process called RELATE, the Alter Church family is now RELATE Church.
John has been involved in missions trips to Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, and Mexico. Along with being the pastor of RELATE Church, he is currently a chaplain at multiple locations throughout the Dallas Metroplex, and is the author of the devotional book Feeling Good About Life (Tate Publishing).
John and Angela recognize that their primary responsibility in God’s Kingdom is nurturing their marriage and family. They have four children: John Michael, Laura Ashley, James-David, and Emma-Grace.