John Karrick is our current (interim and bi-vocational) pastor. John is a lay pastor, but has over 20 years of church leadership and Bible teaching experience having served as a deacon, elder, and over 6 years as a pastor. He has been involved in missionary work in the Turkana County of Kenya through SHARE International Inc., having participated in five short term mission trips. John is also a Certified Police Department Chaplain and is serving both the Vinton and Cedar Rapids Police Departments. John served in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Force for over 9 years and has also worked in a Management role at the Duane Arnold Energy Center Nuclear Power Plant.
John did not grow up in church but was gloriously saved at the age of 30 when his marriage was at rock bottom. God saved him, then saved his marriage. John has been married to his wife Colleen for 34 years now. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Together John and Colleen have a heart for marriage ministry having experienced what God can do to heal a relationship. The two of them have organized numerous marriage “renovation” weekends to offer hope, healing, and growth in marriage relationship.