Stephen St. John & Family
Brother Stephen St. John and his wife Jenny have a beautiful family and have been local to the area since 2017. God has blessed them with ten wonderful children.
I was born in Dayton, Ohio but raised in middle Tennessee. On May 3, 1987 at almost 5 years old the Lord saved me from going to hell. I didn't know much but I knew I was a sinner, that sinners went to hell, and that I didn't want to go. I prayed and said to God that I didn't know how He could save me but that I knew he promised that if I would ask Him to, that He would. So I asked him to save me and He did. Although salvation is not a feeling, I remember with great excitement the peace and joy I felt after the Lord Jesus Christ took my sins away. I grew up with a heart to serve the Lord but with a heart that was also full of sin and self. As the years progressed, my sin was never dealt with in a way that produced any real victory. It wasn't until 2014 that the Lord used the verse “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Prov 28:13) on me with relentless love until I was tired of the miserableness and cost of my sin. I began to get things right and achieve some real victories. Since then the Lord has used me in more and more ways. But one of the greatest benefits from it has been the prevailing peace. There are no words to describe the feeling that you have when you have a clear fellowship with God, you are reading what you're supposed to be reading in your Bible, building that fellowship with Him in prayer, and basically just letting God do what He wants to do with you. No sin ever brought that joy and peace. At 17 years of age in 1999, I began to study manuscript evidence and find out how we got our Bible and began to compare the different bible versions. It was then that the Lord showed me personally that the King James Bible was perfect. That fact has been the guiding light in my life and without the King James Bible I know that I would be in a world of mess and have no foundation for anything I am or anything I teach. In 2004 I graduated from East Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Chemistry. The same year I married my beautiful wife Jenny and moved to Pensacola to attend Pensacola Bible Institute. Graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity in 2007 and a Master of Theology in 2012, I have been grateful the Lord has allowed me opportunities to work for him. Filling roles in ministry wherever I could, the Lord has been merciful to use me in prison ministry, nursing home ministry, teaching Sunday School for both teenagers and adults, leading street preaching and visitation efforts, and preaching as opportunities present since 2004. The Lord called me to preach shortly after Bible school and I am grateful for the many open doors He's given me to fulfill that calling. The Lord has also blessed my wife and I with 7 sons and 3 daughters. We are thankful for a good bible-believing church to raise them in and a place where they can grow in the Lord. Every where the Lord has placed my family and I, He has provided a Bible-believing church and a pastor who will preach hard on sin. I don't know how you can raise God-fearing kids without a place like that. In 2014 the Lord saw fit to place me in the United States Air Force. While I don't know what His master plan is for me, I know what His plan is for me today and that is what I work towards. The Lord has given me a gift to teach and a calling to preach. It has been a blessing to see that the Lord can forgive me for my sins and has counted me faithful putting me into the ministry. Currently I am teaching adult Sunday School at Heritage Bible Baptist Church. I have worked many jobs, traveled throughout the U.S. greatly and had many fantastic experiences. But the greatest joy in my life is serving the Lord in the capacity He allows me. No other job or hobby has ever reached that level of excitement and joy and it is my goal to pursue that as far as the Lord will let me.
- stephen st. john
When I was just a young girl I attended a five day club at my neighbor's in Rothbury, Michigan. These are outdoor children's meetings that meet everyday for a week in your neighborhood. They teach bible stories and songs, encourage scripture memorization and try to reach kids that do not go to church or otherwise may not hear about the sacrifice the Lord made at Calvary. One day Heaven and Hell were covered in the lesson and they asked if you did not know if you would go to Heaven when you died and wanted to know how you could, to stay after. I was very young but I knew enough to know that I was guilty of the sin they talked about and I believed the bible that that made me worthy of Hell. I made sure to stay after club that day and I was shown from a bible how I could get my sin permanently forgiven and allow me to go to heaven when I died. I prayed and asked Jesus to save me and I am so thankful He promised that He did! I went to church faithfully my whole life. Unfortunately, I never sat under real bible believing preaching and teaching though, so my knowledge was limited to bible stories and the many verses I had memorized in Awana. Although those are both good things, they are hardly adequate to prepare a person to please the Lord with their life or make a decent attempt at serving him. I had no authority in the bible and no knowledge of a Judgement seat of Christ for Christians or any accountability to God other than a head knowledge of desiring to be a good person. I moved to Tennessee when I was 18, and soon met Stephen through our work. He invited me out to church with him, and for the first time I was able to sit under the bible being taught as an authority for my life. He and I began meeting for bible studies together and I continued to attend church with him. He began ordering books for me, that he thought would be helpful. These were written by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman. Much of my free time was spent playing catch up when I realized how much I did not know about the Lord and his expectations for me. Although I had been saved many years previously, I was still a baby christian in many ways. Although I was at a disadvantage in my bible knowledge, I am thankful I knew so little doctrine that I was able to easily be shown from scripture the truth and accept it as such, right away. I soaked up all the information I could and through the process Stephen and I realized our relationship had grown and we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together learning more about the Lord while seeking to serve Him. We were married in 2004 and immediately following our honeymoon moved to Florida to attend Pensacola Bible Institute. I am so thankful for our time there to sit under that priceless teaching and preaching. Over the years the Lord has allowed me to be a summer missionary in Mexico, lead five day clubs, teach Sunday school, work with the girl's detention center ministry, door to door visitation, tract distribution and holding scripture signs in the public street preaching ministry. The Lord has given us ten children in which we are attempting to raise up the best we know how to make them usable to the Lord Jesus Christ both currently and in the future. We have had the privilege of seeing seven of our children come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. We are excited to be a part of Heritage Bible Baptist Church and are enjoying serving the Lord with our church family here.
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
- jenny st. john