Pastor John E. Perez was destined to minister God’s love, comfort, strength and restoration to those devastated by hurt, betrayal and abuse. Every aspect of his life experience was preparation for this calling; nothing was wasted. Words spoken prophetically years ago have come full-circle: His misery has become his ministry.
Born into a family of ministers, he grew up encouraged and mentored by godly examples who knew a strong call of God was on his life; at the same time, his childhood was characterized by abuse. He received Christ at age 16, however, a few years later he became a prodigal. John left the Lord, got married and went his own way. During that season, he experienced many dark days. Although shattered emotionally, spiritually and financially, God did not leave him and never removed the ministry call on his life.
Finally, in 1997, John came to the end of himself and asked the Lord to take over his life. At that time, his sister was attending Faith Temple COGIC. He joined her there, served and was mentored by Pastor Michael Dandridge in various aspects of ministry, including deliverance, outreach evangelism and prison ministry. He also walks in a strong prophetic impartation from the Pastor
His giftedness in many areas is evident. John is an outstanding teacher who strives to effectively communicate biblical truths accurately and practically. Like many people with the gift of giving, he is a math whiz, a superb manager of finances and keeps others accountable in their use of ministry resources. These administrative gifts are great assets to the Board of Directors of Faith Temple. In addition to his tenure as President from 1997 to 2015 he served the Board of House of Hope where he also served as the President of its Board of Directors for a few years. However, his most cherished and important ministry role was his service to Pastor Dandridge as a devoted spiritual son and armor bearer.
Since his return to the Lord, he has maintained a highly successful sales career with positions of increasing responsibility in the car, phone, banking and software sales industries at Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his stellar sales record, he has used his corporate role as a platform for community service. Together with other civic minded coworkers, he worked to provide cars for the families of disabled children, built playgrounds in partnership with schools and stocked food pantries, among other good deeds. This demonstrates that Pastor John’s commitment to service is evident in every aspect of his life.
He is a loving, “hands on” father of three children from his first marriage. Samantha, Kaitlyn and Matthew are still affectionately known by their father as “The Three Musketeers”, even though they are now adults.
In the years between 1997 and 2010, Pastor John grew steadily in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. His life was full, anointed, successful and very productive spiritually, professionally and in ministry. He was mature in character and ministry experience. He was positioned for the next level of service but one thing was missing.
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD - Proverbs 18:22
Pastor John and Dr. Paula Perez: New Levels of Ministry Together
On December 18, 2010, Pastor John E. Perez and Dr. Paula C. Childs were married, providing the missing link to destiny for both their lives. Their union represents the joining of two legacies with common values and complimentary talents and experiences. After years of faithful service, On October 15, 2015, the leadership mantel of Faith Temple COGIC was passed to the dynamic duo- John and Paula Perez.
Their entire lives were preparation for this call. They are both committed to following Christ and their respective family ministry inheritances. Together, they are equipped with the full range of ministry gifts and experience. They are both highly successful professionals. Their family experiences complement each other, demonstrating personal victory in developing and maintaining wholeness in soul, spirit, relationships and community. Together, they model the knowledge, character traits and diligence required for holistic success in the workplace, life and ministry.
In unity, they go forward to actualize their ministry scripture:The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for your God.”This highway will be one of restoration for the hurting. Pastor John often says “Even the most broken are never beyond God’s repair.” All they need to do is come to Faith Temple just as they are. They will be welcomed, loved, taught, equipped and challenged to live victoriously in Christ and reflect His image.