John Marsh has served as Lead Pastor of Bella Vista since February of 1997. Since he has been here, he has received many blessing. Foremost among these blessings are his wife Robin, whom he married in June of 2000, and their son, Noah, who was born in August of 2001. John graduated from the University of Texas (Hook ‘Em Horns) with a BS in Communications and from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.Div, in Theology, History, and Ethics. He accepted the call to ministry while he was in graduate school at UT.
Here are a few of his favorite things!
Favorite book (excluding THE Book!) – The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
Favorite music – “Pilgrim’s Chorus” from Tannhauser by Richard Wagner
Favorite meal – Any good Tex-Mex!
Favorite dessert – buttermilk chess pie
Favorite sport – it’s a tie! –college football and Premiere League soccer
Favorite thing to do – read a book while listening to music while watching a movie in the theater!
Seriously, John loves preaching and teaching the Word. He loves spending time with his family, and he loves Jesus.
Jonah was born in 1994 and has grown up on the East Coast of Florida in New Smyrna Beach/Edgewater his entire life. After graduating high school in 2013 Jonah attended The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Ministry Studies. During his time at BCF Jonah directed the campus ministry and served as a youth leader. Jonah married his wife Sheila in October of 2018. Jonah has been the Associate Pastor and Student Minister at Bella Vista Baptist since May of 2017.
Hobbies include: hanging out with Sheila, washing his Jeep, bumming at the beach, and collecting Tervis cups.
Jonah’s heart for student ministry and all ministry is simple: for students and people to know Jesus. Our culture is fast, ever changing, and compromising; Jonah’s passion is for students, and their families, to know the eternal love of God the Father through Jesus Christ and for each student to practically execute their faith on a daily basis while resting in the peace that surpasses all understanding.
Our Staff & Spouses
L-R: Robin Marsh, Pastor John Marsh, Lydia Long(musician), Bill Long (song leader), David Barker (musician), Selma Barker (treasurer), Elizabeth Allen (secretary), David Allen, Pastor Jonah Powers, Sheila Powers