About


John Williams

Director of Student Ministries

John was born in Niceville, FL and grew up fishing and whittling. Around age 9 his family moved to Crestview, FL. John met his wife Emily at an Auburn football game and they were married in 2011. They have two boys, Murray and J.B. John has his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been doing full-time student ministry since 2013.

John moved to Owensboro to become the Director of Student Ministries in January of 2018, and his desire is to partner with families in leading students to know God and make him known!


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Mission – Lead students to know God and make him known.


Values in the Student ministry

Scripture: The Bible will be the foundation for everything we do in PV Student Ministry. All teaching and curriculum will be rooted in scripture and since all of scripture points to Jesus Christ alone for salvation, everything we do will point to Jesus Christ alone for salvation. 2 Timothy 3:16, All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.

Worship: Worshiping through song is an important part of scripture and it is an important part of Pleasant Valley. Songs will be rooted in scripture and encourage our students in the gospel. Colossians 3:16, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

Community: We are called by God to be unified as the church. We are called to a community of believers to love each other, care for each other, worship together, go witness together, and have fun together! Hebrews 10:24-25, And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Outreach: There is a world around us that is lost and in need of a savior. God has rescued us through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we are called to take this message to the people in our lives. Matthew 28:18-19, And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Discipleship: Just as Christ called his disciples to drop their livelihood to follow him and learn from him, Christ has called us to give up an old life to follow him in obedience. We want to foster an environment where students learn and grow under the leadership of their parents and other volunteers in the ministry. Colossians 1:28-29, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Serving: We desire to give our students the opportunity to serve the church with their diverse gifts, but most of all we desire to give parents and other adults the opportunity to serve the students. 1 Corinthians 12:4-5, Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

Church Membership: We are called to one body, the church. We desire for our students to be active participants in the local church, serving and participating in the unification of the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12,“ For just as the body is one and has many members, and all members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.