Leadership at Covenant Baptist ChurchPastor John Reuther's testimony and biography
Pastor John was converted from Roman Catholicism, purely by the grace and mercy of God, in 1973.
“I was 19 years old and the Spirit of God won my heart over to faith in Christ, as faithful Christians witnessed to me in my first year of college. I was studying music at Montclair State University in North Jersey and half way through that year I was converted and began attending a Bible Church there. I have loved the church of Christ ever since, and am thankful now that He called me to serve His church as a pastor. I attended Northeastern Bible College in Essex Fells, NJ, and graduated in 1977. That same year I was married to Wendy who was also a student there and had graduated one year before me. Wendy taught in a Christian School in Parsippany for three years, two of them after we married. We were so excited about serving God in those early years of our marriage and He has not disappointed us. He has also blessed Wendy and me with two daughters and three sons, and, as I write, 8 grandchildren.
I attended Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA from 1979 through 1984 when I graduated with a Master of Divinity. I am thankful for the faithful professors at Northeastern and Biblical, but it was in seminary that I gained the most important tools for a life of digging into the Word of God and feeding His people.
I am thankful that God had me in various Reformed Baptist Churches in those early years as well, for in those churches I had great mentors and examples of godly shepherding, and developed strong pastoral ties with men who, to this day, encourage me in the Lord and in the work of pastoring. I love teaching and preaching His Word because I love to help the people of God know Him better and serve Him more faithfully. Nothing thrills me more than blessing the people of God with light from the Word which thrills their hearts and feeds their souls. I love this church and thank God for the privilege of being a pastor here for the past 31 years. Over the years I have had fellow-elders who providentially are no longer with us, but at present we are praying that God will raise up men to serve in this capacity. Until then, God meets all of our needs here at Covenant and I am excited about the future of this church!”
Over the years I have had fellow-elders who providentially are no longer with us, but at present we are praying that God will raise up men to serve in this capacity. Until then, God meets all of our needs here at Covenant and I am excited about the future of this church!”
Pastor John and Wife, Wendy
Pastor John’s five children