John Anderson, founding pastor of Bay Presbyterian Church comes from a tradition of Presbyterian pastors. His great grandfather (Milton Moses Kilpatrick) was a church planter in California in the early 1900s. His grandfather (Willis Kilpatrick) pastored churches in Newburgh, New York and Greenfield, Ohio. An uncle was a Presbyterian pastor in Idaho. John graduated from Furman University in 1976 with a B.A. in Humanities. He started seminary at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS where he also was an assistant to the founding pastor of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church in greater Jackson, MS. John finished seminary at Westminster’s exclusive (read – short lived) Florida program while on staff at Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, FL. From Seminary John started a church in Phoenix, AZ - Calvin Presbyterian Church (OPC). He left Phoenix to make his fortune in Naples, FL in 1986, starting a couple of businesses and getting his MBA degree. Having failed to make a fortune he re-entered the ministry in 2000 as the interim pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Naples. He served off and on at Covenant for 4 ½ years before departing. In February of 2005, the Presbytery hired John to do church planting in South Lee County. Bay Presbyterian Church is the flagship of that effort. John continues in that ministry aided by his helpful wife, Carey, and with the encouragement of his growing family, their son Luke and his family, Theresa, Clayton, and Knox Anderson, and their daughter Paige and her husband Jeff Rothblum.
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