Born and raised in Nigeria, Pastor John moved to Houston with his family in the summer of 1995. Shortly after his family settled down, they began looking for a church to call home. Soon thereafter, God led them to Braeswood, where they have been active worshipers ever since.
Leading a life of full-time ministry was the last thing on Pastor John's (PJ) mind when he traveled with several members of the youth group on his first-ever missions trip to Mexico; it would be the first of several trips to this part of the world. While there, he experienced first-hand the spiritual need that people, regardless of color, creed, or class, were struggling to meet. He also had the opportunity to not only see God's love in action, but also, to experience the joy of serving God by serving others. It was during this inaugural trip that PJ felt the tug of the Holy Spirit to abandon all to pursue God's call on his life.
In 1997, PJ began serving alongside other students within the youth group as an Intern, first under former Youth Pastor Darin Poli, and then under current Senior High Pastor Tom Cordero, two men he ascribes a great deal of credit to for mentoring him through those early years of ministry. Just a few years later, he would begin the process toward acquiring credentials with the Assemblies of God.
In 2000, shortly after receiving his Bachelors Degree in Economics from the University of Houston, PJ was invited to serve as Assistant Youth Pastor to Rev. Tom Cordero, with special emphasis on ministry to junior high students. In 2003, his portfolio was expanded following the creation of a separate junior high ministry which today goes by the name, Genesis; a role he serves in till this day.
Not one to hide his passion for young teens, he believes that the junior high years are critical to the spiritual, emotional, social and physical development of a person's life. He, along with his team of capable leaders, work hard to provide an environment that encourages the best in young people. His passion remains helping young teens take on the role of influencers in their culture, as they are taught to respond to the influence of Jesus Christ in their own lives.