As the music pastor at Faith Baptist Church, instruments play a large part in Pastor John’s life, whether its playing the trumpet, teaching lessons, directing the church music or singing a special as part of the worship service. But the physical instruments are not the main reason he enjoys his job. Pastor John says that one of the most rewarding aspects of the ministry for him is the humbling ability to be used as an “instrument” to ultimately point others to Christ.
At 4 years old, after his family’s evening devotions in their home, Pastor John realized his need of a Savior, and his mom led him to the Lord. Originally from Indianapolis, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Practical Christian Training from Bob Jones University in 1996. Following his education, Pastor John has served in a variety of ministries, including music and youth leader at Open Door Baptist Church in Indianapolis, music and youth pastor at Hanover Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va., music pastor at Woodcrest Baptist Church in Fridley, Minn., and most recently as the music and children’s evangelist with Ron DeGarde Ministries. In August 2012, Pastor John, along with his wife, Sharon, and their children, Gina, Jack, and Julia, accepted the call to join the staff at Faith.
Pastor John’s responsibilities not only include overseeing the music ministries at Faith Baptist Church and Faith Christian School, but he also assists Pastor Berlin with discipleship ministries for believers. His wife, Sharon, serves as an accompanist during church services and for the FCS choirs, and she also leads a ladies Bible study. In order to start his day with the right focus, Pastor John says he leans on the prayer of Psalm 19:14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.”
Though the Weigle family is new to Michigan, Pastor John says they’ve already enjoyed viewing the Christmas lights in downtown Rochester and attending a concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He says they’re looking forward to exploring some of the state’s lakes and visiting up north in the future.