John came to the Lord in 1975 and experienced immediate new birth in Christ. From that day forward, John immersed himself in the Word and joined a local church. Since his conversion, John has served in many capacities in a variety of church settings. John felt called to pastoral ministry in 1995 and began to seek training and counsel. He was ordained to pastoral ministry in 1998 and was called as Pastor of Bealeton Baptist Church in Bealeton, Virginia. As Pastor, John served bi-vocationally and was President of a small engineering firm in Northern Virginia. John served Bealeton Baptist Church until 2001, when the growth of the church and the demands of the company compelled him to devote himself full-time to the engineering firm. Following the sale of the firm and retirement, John aided another engineering firm in Buffalo, NY while also serving in Randall Baptist Church with teaching and other positions for four years. John has been actively involved in Freshwater Church since 2014, participating in both teaching and preaching since 2015 when he and his wife Anne moved to St John as their sole residence. In 2016, John became Co-Pastor of Freshwater Church. Following the departure of the Founding Pastor, John was called by Freshwater Church to serve as Pastor in August, 2017.
John holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Pittsburgh; a Master’s Degree in Mining Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University; and has received seminary level training through intensive courses, through Pastoral study groups, and through self-study.
John has been married to his wife, Anne, since 1980. They have five children and four grandchildren.
Wilson “Wally” Wallace
Wilson “Wally” Wallace came to know Christ at age 11 and has followed after Jesus since he received Christ. In college Wally surrendered to the call of ministry. He was a bivocational youth pastor for five years. He was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 1995. In 1996 Wally and his wife Robin began a new ministry as houseparents in a group home. For almost 21 years Wally and Robin raised 42 foster children, adopting two girls from the home and adopting their daughter Lily. Wally and Robin were called to St. John and moved here in May of 2018. Wally and Robin both work in the classroom at St. John Christian Academy and have been married for 27 years.
Worship Leader // ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Emily and her husband, Sean, relocated to St. John from Indiana in June, 2017. Seeking a church in their new home, Emily and Sean found and joined Freshwater Church. This quickly lead to using her talents to lead worship music during Sunday services. Her administrative skills have been instrumental as the church grows. Emily is the author of a popular Instagram blog called “Corn to Caribbean” (@corntocaribbean) which chronicles her island adventures with Sean and their dog, Sailor.
Freshwater Church, Virgin Islands, Inc. is a registered non-profit church in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This incorporation provides the Church with the opportunity to hold an account at a local bank, accept tax deductible donations, and receive supplies for disaster preparedness and relief without charge of import duty. A requirement of this status is the establishment of a Board that provides fiscal oversight. The following are the individuals who currently serve on this Board. Freshwater Church also benefits from the advice, recommendations, and counsel of these godly men to our Pastoral leadership. Board members include Pastor John Hill and Elder Wilson Wallace (listed above), and those listed below.
A lifelong Christian, Michael has been a CEO of several companies spanning the last thirty years. In 1993, he co-founded American Health Holding, Inc. and served as its President and CEO until its sale to Aetna in 2010.
Landon is Associate Pastor of Graceview Baptist Church in Burleson, Texas. Graceview has supported the work of Freshwater Church, supplying both financial resources and mission teams to the island. At Graceview, Landon oversees the evangelism and missional ministries as well as directing the GV Kids and GV Students ministries. Landon and his wife, Krystal, have been married since 2003. They have 3 children ⎯ Kinsley, Kennedy and Lincoln. Pastor Landon is currently working on a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies at Boyce College.