John Windings is a long time Southern Illinois native with family roots in Pulaski County. He joined the ministry at the First Baptist Church of Metropolis in June of 2013. Before coming to First Baptist he served 16 years as Senior Pastor at Caledonia Community Church in Olmsted, Illinois. John has also been employed as Music Instructor at Shawnee Community College for over 20 years. His education includes an Associate of Arts from Shawnee Community College, a Bachelor of Music Education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a Masters in Music Education at Southeast Missouri State. He is currently approaching the end of his Doctorate of Ministry program at Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camille, Georgia. John is married to his talented wife Jenny and they have three wonderful sons, Christopher, Caleb, and Connor. John considers his jobs as his hobbies but also enjoys Cardinal baseball and spending time with his family.