Our new pastor, Rev John W. Mattox Jr. will be leading the West Point First United Methodist Church beginning June 28.
John graduated from The University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga with a BA in Philosophy and Religion in 1998. He graduated with a M.Div. from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga in 2006. He was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in 2009. He is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at Candler School of Theology in the area of Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation.
John has been married to Rev. Katie Mattox (Pastor of Trinity On The Hill UMC in LaGrange, Ga) for twenty years. Their son, Wesley is fourteen years old and will be attending Troup High School.
John has served numerous congregations in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church including churches in Harris, Heard, Carroll, and Troup Counties in the LaGrange District and Catoosa County in the Northwest District. John has a passion for teaching, preaching and evangelism. Over years John has come to specialize in church revitalization and spiritual and liturgical renewal. He has previous work experiences in radio, theater, and healthcare regulation.
John is an avid reader and also enjoys playing mandolin, guitar, and various other instruments. John loves to write sermons, articles, essays, and poems for diverse audiences. John has co-written several seasonal devotion guides with Katie and they often imagine, create, develop and write sermon and study series together.
John is excited to join us in ministry at West Point! He believes that God has already provided all that we need to be faithful and fruitful in making disciples for Jesus Christ in a way that is true to our core Wesleyan values and in a way that is both authentic and accessible to all persons. He comes to us as a fellow traveler, seeker, student and co-laborer and invites everyone to join him in following Jesus.