John Bollten

John Bollten
 My name is Pastor John Bollten.  I began serving at East Pennsboro Baptist as an Elder from Oakwood in October of 2012 and returned to serve at Oakwood in August 2014.  My spiritual gifting includes service and teaching.  My passion is intensive discipleship, counseling believers struggling with life dominating sin habits.  I enjoy teaching biblical principles for godly living both in a group setting and individually.
I was born in Schenectady, NY and raised by a mom and dad who called themselves Christian, having grown up in church and continued a church relationship into adulthood.  My dad likely died an unbeliever.  My mom is alive and demonstrates a saving faith.  I have one brother who is an unbeliever who attends church periodically.  My conversion occurred at 37 through an evangelical movement in the United Methodist Church called the Walk to Emmaus.  After knowing that others had a relationship that I did not possess with God, I confessed, repented and surrendered my life to Christ.
I had served several roles in the United Methodist Church until becoming a Baptist at Central Baptist Church in Wendell, NC in January 2003 where I was baptized by immersion as a believer.  I was ordained a Deacon, an Elder, and finally a Minister of the Gospel in September 2012.  I have worked as an engineering Technician, Manufacturing manager, and small business owner specializing in home repairs.  I currently serve as a chaplain in the workplace for Corporate Chaplains of America.  I grew much in my understanding of the Scriptures under the teaching of Pastor Ed Rose at Central Baptist and entered seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2005, graduating in May 2008 with a concentration in Biblical counseling and Education.  A major setback in my spiritual service resulted from a divorce that I did not desire, but began a strengthening of my relationship with Christ and a more complete understanding of His amazing grace.
My education includes a BS in Industrial Engineering from NC State University in 1988 and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Christian Ministry in 2008.  I serve as an Associate Manager in Corporate Chaplains of America, helping to shepherd 8 other chaplains.
My immediate family is made up of my wife, Cathy, but also includes two grown children, Ben and Renee, their spouses and 4 grandchildren.  Cathy and I enjoy bicycle riding, especially on rail trails. We don’t do that as much as we would like.  I enjoy home and auto repair, especially when I have the privilege of teaching another.