Pastor of Prayer
John Griggs was raised in Huntsville, Texas. He found the Lord through the leadership of godly parents. His dad read the Bible each night to his family of six, and his mom led him to memorize many scripture passages. One night, John was led by his mother to pray and make Jesus the Lord and Savior of his life. God called John to preach during his second year of engineering study at the University of Huntsville, while studying physics. He joined the Baptist Church that night although he had been raised a Methodist.
John graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953. He then attended Golden Gate Baptist Seminary in Berkley, California and earned a Bachelor of Divinity in 1957. He attended Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and earned a Master of Theology degree in 1959.
John served as Pastor of Muncy Creek Baptist Church from 1957 – 1958 and Casky Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky from 1958 - 1962. He then served as an IMB Missionary to Zimbabwe, Africa as a church planter from 1962 – 1996. During his tenure in Africa, he saw three churches grow to 365 churches and saw 20,000 souls baptized. John was called to FBC Morristown as Pastor of Prayer in 1997.
John states that his purpose in ministry is “To make prayer a reality in everyone’s life.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17 – “Pray Without Ceasing!”) His philosophy of ministry reminds us that when we look to government, we get what government can do; but when we look to prayer, we get what GOD can do. Everything should be covered with prayer. But prayer is not only lifting requests in praise and petition to God, it is also claiming HIS presence against the working of our enemy, Satan. (See Matthew 4:1-11, James 4:7 and Revelation 12:11) Prayer is work; it leads to work; but it is the most effective work, because it brings God’s presence into whatever activity He leads us to do.
John married Florence Sanders in 1958. They spent almost thirty-five years in Africa, where their five children were raised. Both parents agree that the most significant events of the last 46 years were those five births. Their five children and nine grandchildren are a constant source of pride and joy for this family. Dottie is a family therapist; Ruth is a computer trainer; Mary, and her husband Fred work in finance in South Africa; Becky teaches at Berean Bible School in Knoxville; and Philip is a Licensed Financial Asset Manager in Dallas, Texas.
First Baptist Church, Morristown TN, 504 W. Main St., P.O. Box 1899, Morristown TN 37814, 423-586-0522