Dr. John Howard - Student Pastor

John repented and believed in Jesus for salvation when he was 12 years old. At age 15, he felt God's call to vocational ministry, eventually being led into student ministry. John married his high school sweetheart, Sarah, on May 29, 2004. On June 17, 2010, God blessed John and Sarah with their first child, a baby girl, Madilyn Faye, and on January 4, 2016 with a baby boy, Mason Lee. John was called to be our Pastor to Students on October 2010. In 2018, John transitioned into the role of Executive Pastor and Student Ministry Advisor at First Baptist O’Fallon. Prior to his call to FBCO, John served through student and associate ministry at his home church in Benton, Illinois and First Baptist Church of Blytheville, Arkansas. John has earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies from Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. John is spiritually gifted in the areas of preaching/teaching, administration, and leadership. John is a die-hard University of Illinois and St. Louis Cardinals fan. He enjoys spending time with his family, working out, reading, and eating out.