Pastor John came to Deer Park UMC in July of 2021. A seventh-generation native Texan, John has been serving churches in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for 28 years. He was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2001 and has served everything from small rural churches that averaged less than 10 in worship each Sunday, to large suburban churches that had hundreds joining together in multiple services each week.
Pastor John has been married to Dr. Misty Paul Black for over 30 years and they have been blessed to have five grown children. In his free time, Pastor John enjoys playing 42, reading, word games, and is considered by many to be an adequate conversationalist.