Since March 2019, John Michael LaRue has served as the lead pastor of First Baptist Church Miamisburg. His primary passion is preaching and teaching God’s Word in a way that magnifies the greatness of Jesus by the power of the Spirit. He seeks to apply the Bible to every area of life through meaningful discipleship and biblical counseling. His goal is not to present his own creative and clever insights, but to be faithful to week in and week out explain the original meaning God intended for His people when He inspired the Scriptures.

Pastor John Michael grew up in a wonderful Christian family with two parents who loved the Lord and regularly shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with him. Through the ministry of his church and the testimony of his parents, he trusted in Jesus as an 8 year old and was baptized shortly thereafter. He was called to pursue full-time pastoral ministry as a college student which lead him to seminary. He has preached in churches all across the midwest and the south, as well as many camps and retreats.

His two favorite Scripture verses are Philippians 1:6 — “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus,” and Galatians 2:20 — “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Originally from Florida, he loves to play basketball, softball, and volleyball. He cheers on the Atlanta Braves and Georgia Bulldogs. He is a percussionist, a reader, a writer, and a connoisseur of delicious BBQ and root beer. Most importantly, he absolutely adores his sweet wife, Amanda, and their two precious girls, Molly and Macy.

Pastor John Michael is also a PhD candidate in Systematic Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from SBTS and a Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has been an adjunct professor at Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of Southern Seminary. Outside of the Bible, some of his favorite authors include John Piper, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, John MacArthur, Jim Hamilton, and Steve Wellum.