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Pastor John Wilkirson

Pastor John Wilkirson

Role: Associate Pastor

I was born in the Good Samaritan Hospital here in Phoenix. My parents were both Christians and I was raised in the Southern Baptist church. I experienced the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in 1972 and tasted a new dimension of life in Christ Jesus as a result. I never realized how exciting the Christian experience could be. On several occasions during my childhood and youth I had profound experiences when the Lord manifested his presence to me in unique, tangible ways. I arrived at the conclusion that it was his desire to allow me the opportunity for full time service in some capacity. I love to teach and preach, and after hundreds of times of hearing and studying the Word, I still make new discoveries and gain deeper insights. I have had dynamic experiences in conducting outreach programs, including door to door evangelism, inner city and Children's Church programs. I love full time ministry! I would rather trim the Lord's bushes, and cut the Lord's grass, which I also still do at SouthGate, than run the entire State of Arizona!

Of personal note, I immediately joined the Army after my High School graduation. I became a Pathfinder and served in the 101st Airborne Division in Viet Nam and was wounded in action. I have a lovely wife June, have two fine children, and five grandchildren.

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