John Raiteri

John has  lived in Memphis all of his life. He was married in 1974 to Carolyn and they have three sons and seven grandchildren. At the age of 19, he was saved through the preaching of Pastor Frank Gassaway at Macon Road Baptist Church,in the Berclair area. MRBC is the only church that he has been a member of upon his salvation. Upon graduation from high school, he attended the University of Memphis and graduated in 1972 with a BS Education degree. His first teaching position was at the Berclair campus in 1973, the year that the school first opened, and  where he taught until 2009. At the end of that year, Pastor Wayne Webb asked him to consider coming full time on the church staff to help him in the ministry of Macon Road Baptist Church, as an assistant pastor to him. After 35 years of teaching at MRBS, he left the classroom, and has been serving the Lord as the pastor's assistant. He was already teaching Sunday School, but then he began speaking occasionally on Wednesday nights, ministering to folks and the sick, and basically doing anything to help in the ministry at MRBC. “God has been so good to me and my family,and I count it a privilege to have served our Lord at MRBC all these years. My desire is to continue to be faithful as Pastor of Benevolence & Education in the days to come as God continues to bless the work here now under the leadership of Pastor Kevin Robinson.”

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