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- Pastor John Kilpatrick is one of the leading American pastors in America, known for the Brownsville Revival movement in Pensacola, Florida. As a well-known senior pastor, he is a mentor to many pastors joining the church.
- Since the revival, Pastor John has not looked back and travels extensively throughout the country spreading the word of God.
- Backed by his absolute faith in God, Kilpatrick has also developed a successful career as an author of books and other literature.
Early Life and Education :
- John Kilpatrick was born in Columbus, Georgia, in 1950. John’s father left their home when John was twelve years old, leaving his mother to raise the young family of John and his three sisters alone.
- Little is known about Kilpatrick’s early educational endeavors. We do know that he went to Arnold Junior High School.
- Feeling that John needed discipline in his life, the pastor of his local church R.C. Wetzel approached his mother, asking her permission to take John to the church. It was here at the age of 14 that John experienced the love of God and what the church could offer.
- Pastor R.C. Wetzel helped Kilpatrick learn the Bible and imparted wisdom on how to teach it to others. John was also educated in scriptures and then had to teach them to those younger than him.
- Kilpatrick attended the Southeastern College of the Assemblies of God, located in Lakeland, Florida. It is unknown whether he completed any formal education there.
Personal Life & Family Background :
- Kilpatrick married his wife Brenda (last name unknown) when he was eighteen. The couple has a son, John Michael Kilpatrick, who also went to Bible school. John Michael works with his father at The Church of His Presence.
- Currently, John lives in Baldwin County, Alabama.
- Pastor John calls himself an ‘Independent’ when it comes to political leanings.
John Kilpatrick Sermons, Work & Books :
- Kilpatrick’s first job was working at the water plant in Columbus, Georgia, when he was eighteen. Two years later, in 1971, he received his first pastoral job. He took over as pastor at a small church down in Vidalia, Georgia.
- In 1973, he moved to Warner Robins, Georgia, where he pastored another small church. When he began, the church there had 175 members; when he left, there were 300. His next move was to Evansville, Indiana. There he led the Calvary Temple Assembly of God. While he was there, he began to learn the ins and outs of televangelism.
- In 1982, Pastor Kilpatrick moved again, this time to Pensacola, Florida. His mentor, Wetzel, lived there and had told him about a church in need of a pastor. After the move, he took up the position of pastor at the Brownville Pentecostal Church. He fell in love with the church right away. The church grew exponentially during his time there, but that was not enough for Kilpatrick.
- In 1993, Pastor John had decided that his Brownville Pentecostal Church lacked something, something he couldn’t quantify. Though he didn’t know what exactly they were missing, he thought that a good old-fashioned revival was the key. The church began to pray for revival that year. They prayed fervently for two years, and finally, in 1995, their prayers were answered.
- Father’s Day 1995 was the beginning. A guest speaker, Steve Hill, had come and was preaching at the pulpit. Pastor Kilpatrick felt the Holy Spirit during that sermon. Members of the church were so enthused and excited, feeling the Holy Spirit come upon them. Hill stayed with the church for several months, with members staying as long as possible for each sermon. Word spread around the country quickly, and Pastor John, with Hill and his assistant pastor’s help, set up four revival services per week. Millions came to hear the ‘Word.’ The revival lasted eight years; at least four million people came through the doors and experienced the revival for themselves.
- In 1996, John Kilpatrick Ministries was formed, and Pastor John began to travel nationwide, encouraging pastors and congregations alike to pray for revival. In 2005, Kilpatrick settled down in Daphne, Alabama. He said that the Lord reached out to him, asking him to found a church in Mobile, Alabama. He listened and obeyed. The church started off by meeting at the Daphne Civic Center, but the church has grown since then. The church joined with GodTV sometime later, and now Kilpatrick’s preaching can be seen there, as well as through various podcasts and other streaming services.
- You can continue to hear Pastor John preach on various online streaming channels, podcasts, and God TV. He is also a successful author, having written many books & you can also follow Pastor John on Facebook and Twitter.
Trivia & Fun Facts :
- The Brownsville Church has missionaries working in upwards of 122 countries.
- John has recently had a bilateral knee replacement.
- In 2018, Kilpatrick got himself into some hot water when he asked his church to pray for President Trump, claiming that he was being affected by witchcraft. He claims that witchcraft has infected America.
- While traveling around the United States, John uses his own motor coach as he values his privacy.
- On the day of the revival, Pastor John did not want to go to his church. He was suffering from depression following the passing of his mother five weeks earlier. He had nursed her through the last few months of her life. It was only the fact that he had to present a ‘Father of the Year’ award that made him go.
- How tall / Height : 6′ 3″