John Nance – Pastor of Pastoral Care

“As a child, I had the privilege of growing up under the teaching and training of Sunday School Teachers and Training Union Teachers at Oak Hill Baptist Church. That’s right, I have the privileged of caring for and pasturing the individuals who helped build my roots in the Church. It was in the classrooms of Oak Hill that I first heard the stories of Jesus and sang songs like “Jesus Loves Me” and “Climb, Climb up Sunshine Mountain.”

As a child, at the age of 9, all my teaching came together as I realized that I was a sinner and would not make it to heaven without Jesus.  I ask him into my heart to be my Savior. A few years later, as a youth at Oak Hill, I accepted God’s call into Ministry.

As an 18 year old, I went to Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. It was here that I met my wife, Kendra Canup. Shortly after graduating in 1992, we were married and have been for 20 years. Our first home was the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where we lived for 3 years where I completed my Master of Divinity.

The first five years of my ministry, were spent as the Senior Pastor of two different churches. My first Pastorate was at Gum Springs Baptist Church in Lilesville, NC and after that I served at New Hope Baptist Church in Zebulon, GA.

Presently I am serving as Minister of Pastoral Care at Oak Hill Baptist Church, where I have been serving since 2001.  My responsibilities include caring for the Adult Membership, caring for all the prospects of the church and then taking responsibility for all the Hospital Visits, Nursing Homes and Hospice Care.

Along with all these ministries, Kendra and I have had the privilege of raising 2 great kids. John Robin is a College Student. He has been and still remains active with the Youth Group and has several ministries that he involved with. Hannah is a High School student who is very active in the Youth Group and helps serve in the Children’s Ministry of the church.

I have had the opportunity of serving for much of my life here at Oak Hill. God has allowed me to touch  thousands of lives and I look forward  to many more years of service and touching many more lives in the future.”

John Nance