Pastor John Flanders grew up in a pastor’s home.. His father, Dr. Rick Flanders, served as pastor of Juniata Baptist Church for thirty-four years and is now an itinerant evangelist. Pastor Flanders accepted Christ as Savior at age 6 and was baptized when he was 11. After some spiritual struggles in his teen years, Pastor Flanders surrendered to the Lord at age 15 and was called to preach shortly thereafter. He attended Bob Jones University and received a degree in Bible with a minor in Speech. After graduating from college, he was married to his high school sweetheart, Elisabeth, in 2001. He then served as assistant pastor (youth / music) at Mio Baptist Church for just over 4 years. God used this time in his life to confirm his call to the pastorate. Sensing this call, he moved his family to Falls Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI in order to attend seminary at Baptist College of Ministry. Soon, Pastor Flanders joined the administrative staff at Falls and served as academy principal and song leader for six years. Through the years, God has added five children to the Flanders family (Micah, Andrew, Caleb, Luke, and Megan). Pastor Flanders has completed graduate level classes in both Theology and Education. In the summer of 2010, God led the Flanders family to Landmark Baptist Church.
Pastor Flanders enjoys jogging, preaching, sports, and time spent with family. He is a huge fan of the Michigan wolverines and of the Detroit Tigers. His passion is to see Landmark Baptist Church become a Great Commission church with a passion for God.