Pastor John is the senior pastor here at Waynesburg First Church of the Nazarene. From Mount Vernon Nazarene University, he has earned an Associate of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Church Music. For MVNU, he traveled for three summers doing public relations (twice in a singing group, once as a student recruiter). While living in Mt Vernon he also had the privilege of being asked to do two concerts at the Ohio State Fair at the Gospel Music Pavilion, and was featured in an article about that in the Columbus Dispatch Sunday edition.
Pastor John has sung and preached for revival services and camp-meetings across the MVNU educational zone and beyond.
Prior to his ministry at Waynesburg Church of the Nazarene, He served as a youth pastor for three years. He also had the opportunity to be the minister of music in three different churches.
Since 1995, Pastor Poling has served Waynesburg Church of the Nazarene in various capacities. He was ordained on the Pittsburgh District in 2000 and in 2011, he was honored by being selected as the ENC Pastor of the Year for the Pittsburgh District Church of the Nazarene. In addition, He has served the Pittsburgh district as a representative on the District Advisory Board and the Credentials/Ministry board. Pastor Poling has also utilized his gift by teaching on leadership as part of the continuing education program for ministers.
He is the husband of Tresa, the father of Jordan and Jana and the very proud grandfather of four young boys.