Dr. John D. Talley III

Senior Pastor

Background & Family:

I was born in Miami, Florida, but I really can not call that home.  My parents were both in full time Christian ministry, which meant we moved around quite a bit. Before living in New Hampshire I had never lived in one place more than 5 years in my life, other than Dominica where my wife and I served as missionaries.  Even there we had a year back in the States thrown in the middle of 2 four year terms.  I am thankful for the heritage that growing up in a Christian home has given me, although there were times when I did not fully appreciate it.  Often I am asked where I call home which is a tough question to answer with my background.  My answer is, other than where God has me now, I would call Alabama home.  ROLL TIDE!

I met my wife Melody at Southeastern Bible College, Birmingham, AL , in 1981.  She was a freshman and I was a senior, but God wove our lives together very quickly and in July of 1982, less than a year after we met, we were married. I thank God for Melody, she has faithfully stood by me through both the good and bad times that ministry brings. We have been blessed with 2 children, Tim and Tiffany who reside in Lynchburg, VA.  Tim is married to Whitney and they gave us a precious granddaughter, Lainey, born December 1, 2013.  It has been our prayer from day one that our children would grow to love God with all their hearts and we are thrilled with the directions their lives are heading and we look forward to how God is going to continue to use them in the future.


Education:

  • BA Bible/Pastoral Theology, Southeastern Bible College, 1982

  • Master of Divinity, Grace Seminary, 1986

  • Doctor of Ministry, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2001

Ministry experience:

  • Liberty University, School of Religion, Lynchburg, VA; Online Adjunct Professor, September 2011 – Present

  • New England Bible College, South Portland, ME; Adjunct Professor; September 2008 – September 2014

  • Calvary Bible Church, Derry, NH; Senior Pastor, June 2003 – Present

  • Calvary Bible Church, Derry, NH; Associate Pastor, June 2000 – June 2003

  • Berean Mission Inc., St. Louis, MO; Field Missionary/Director of Field Ministries, June 1986 – July 2000

  • Blue River Community Church, Columbia City, IN; Pastor, October 1985 – June 1987

  • Calvary Baptist Church, Centerpoint, AL; Youth Pastor, 1980 – 1982                                                       

My Passion:

My main passion in life is the communication of God’s Word. I can think of no greater privilege than to proclaim God’s Word to His people. However, my greatest burden is that we as God’s people “flesh out” that Word in our daily lives. Growing in the application of the Word of God should be a priority of every true believer. Our lives are to be lived as an act of worship to God and as a testimony of His grace. It is my passion to equip folks to fulfill that purpose.

Favorite Authors: 

Religious – John Piper, John MacArthur, Erwin McManus, Thom Rainer, Mark Driscoll, Craig Parshall, Ted Dekker, James Scott Bell, Robert Whitlow,

Secular – John Grisham, Vince Flynn, Patrick Lencioni,

Hobbies:

Fishing, Weather

Favorite Sports Teams:

University of Alabama – 2009, 2011, 2012 College Football National Champs!!

Miami Dolphins

Chicago Cubs

Boston Celtics (actually a converted Lakers fan)