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John Elmore

Sr. Director of Pastoral Care & Director of re:generation

Meet John

I have the joy of serving as the Sr. Director of Pastoral Care and re:generation at the Dallas Campus. It's a dream job for me because I get to walk with people who are humbly seeking (and getting!) health and growth from a daily walk with Jesus - in re:gen and all of the various care ministries – leaving behind the pain of the past, places where they’re stuck and moving forward into life and peace! As a recovering alcoholic now fifteen years sober, I know firsthand the wreckage that comes from living a life disconnected from God and isolated from His people. But much more than that, I now know that Jesus’ promise of a new, full, abundant life in Him is better than I ever dreamed life could be - and it is my life’s purpose now to point people to the Healer, Redeemer, Creator and Deliverer. I’m just one beggar telling another where to get the Bread (John 6:35).

To that end, in 2021, I released a book Freedom Starts Today: Overcoming Struggles and Addictions One Day at a Time. I tell people, “I decided to write the book I needed when I was zero days sober.” This is not a book you read, it’s a book you do – it’s a ten-minute-a-day for 90 days path into healing and freedom from any struggle or addiction by the power of the Holy Spirit along with another believer (Baker Publishing, Jan 19th, 2021).

I was raised in Springfield, Missouri, and got to Texas via Baylor University (BBA in Marketing, ’98). After eight years in advertising, sales and reckless, foolish living in Austin, I found myself walking into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, following a family intervention in 2005. At the age of 30, I surrendered my life and will to Jesus and He began changing everything. Addictions, hopelessness, anxiety and depression quickly turned to freedom, purpose, peace and joy. I enrolled in the Kanakuk Institute to be discipled and learn the bible, earned an MA in Youth and Family Ministry from John Brown University (’07) and a ThM with Honors in Systematic Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary (’11) - while serving with ministries in Dallas, Haiti and Sudan along the way. Also while at Watermark, I have served on the Community and South Dallas Teams and love the opportunities I get to preach the Scriptures and Gospel.

I love (and like so much!) my wife and best friend, Laura (married in ’11). We love marriage and see it as such a gift from God in companionship, counsel, ministry and what we call “walking Home together.” She is God’s tangible grace to me and we are having a ball raising our three children (boy, girl, boy). God is using our children to teach us daily about the depth of love the Father has for us and how to daily die to self (Gal 2.20).

I’d love to meet you any Monday night after re:generation, 6:30-8:30pm – where we say for those who come – because of Jesus, you will NEVER BE THE SAME.

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