Pastor John Angell was born and raised in New Hampton, Iowa. He graduated from New Hampton High School in 1976, and received his undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 1980.

At the age of 21, in the spring of 1979, Pastor John received Christ as his Lord and Savior. After graduating from UNI, Pastor John went to work for Bristol Myers as a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep in Mankato, MN. During that time, his walk with Christ deepened, he got involved in the youth ministry of his church, and received a call to study at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree in 1989.

Upon graduating from Bethel, Pastor John served as an Associate Pastor of Adult Ministries in Appleton, Wisconsin for 17 years; he then moved to North Carolina and served as a Senior Associate Pastor overseeing the multiplication of small groups and ministry staff. After 5 years in North Carolina, the Lord answered years of prayer, and moved John and his wife, Pamela, to Big Rapids where they enjoy spending time with Pam’s family less than an hour away.

Pastor John met Pam on the campus of Bethel University during his studies as a seminarian. They dated for several years and were married in 1988. Together they have been blessed with seven wonderful children and two dogs. Pastor John enjoys working on a variety of different projects around the house, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, fly fishing, and watching his children participate in sports and musical events.