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About Pastor John Sebby
John brings a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and humor as pastor of Wildwood Christian Church. Through the years, John and his creative energy have been involved in teaching children's Sunday School, Adult Sunday School classes, served as a lay pastor, and was on a Church drama team where he founded the Evelyn Woodfield Slow Writers School scripting weekly drama sketches for Sunday services, serving Jesus with joy and devotion.
In early 2018, John was asked to step into the interim co-pastor role along with co-pastor with fellow elder Anthony Hawkins when Pastor Charlie Kirk retired.
After a few months, the congregation so enjoyed the variety of the two different preaching styles of Pastor Anthony and Pastor John, the interim was dropped, and they still switch off every week in delivering the message.
Pastor John has a teaching-style in his sermon presentation, which is loaded with stories, comedy, and very engaging. Where Pastor Anthony's preaching style is full of zeal, joy and his enthusiasm is infectious.
A successful career in non-profit leadership, John retired from The Salvation Army in October 2019 as Director of Development. Previously, John served as Vice President of Leadership Giving for the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, Vice President of the National Pain Foundation, Executive Director of Development and Public Relations for The Salvation Army's Intermountain Division, which served Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana, then with The Salvation Army's Cascade Division overseeing fundraising in Oregon and Idaho, and was the Executive Director of one of the largest emergency shelters for abused and neglected children in South Carolina.
John's education includes; Christian Life College, The Fund Raising School at Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, Maryville Academy as the first certified Family Treatment Parents for innovative therapeutic foster care program, and the State of Indiana certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
John and his wife, Kathy, have three grown children and ten grandchildren. John Sebby is well known for his sense of humor, original water-colored Christmas cards and thank-you notes as well as his dedication to providing services to those in need. Most importantly, John loves Jesus and serving Him.