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JohnBaker_0616Beth Haven’s Board of Directors is excited to announce the naming of John Baker to serve as Head of School for Beth Haven Christian School.

John has been the Pastor of Education & Discipleship at Shively Baptist Church since 2012 and has served at Beth Haven as our Chemistry teacher for the past 2 school years. John is a current member of KBREA (The Kentucky Baptist Religious Educators Association) and serves as their local coordinator. Most recently, John was accepted and has just begun his journey through the Doctor of Education program, with an emphasis in leadership, at Southern Seminary.

John’s wife Brenda, has taught English at Beth Haven and is currently our librarian. John and Brenda remain active within the local homeschooling community, teaching courses at weekly cooperatives and assisting parents and co-ops alike.

John and Brenda have two boys, two girls and two grandsons. Their oldest son (John IV) lives near Rochester, NY with his wife Hayley and their two boys, John V. and Rowyn. Their youngest daughter (Elyse) is completing her freshman year at Gutenberg College in Eugene, OR. Their oldest daughter (Anna) and their youngest son (William) live with them here in Louisville. Anna works at Shively Baptist’s Child’s Day Out Weekday Education Ministry, and William will be starting his junior year at Beth Haven this fall.

(You can view John’s complete biography below.)

from the Board of Directors…
Being able to fill this position from within and with someone like John, is a testament to the overall and unique experience, qualifications and talents that each member of our staff possess. We are thankful that they choose and are able to use these blessings to serve the Lord and further Christian education through Beth Haven Christian School.

Again, we are excited to name John as our new Head of School and are looking forward to the student-families that will be with us for the upcoming 2016-17 school year— until then, we trust you will have a blessed summer vacation!


Reverend John O Baker III was raised near Rochester, NY where he lived until accepting an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After graduating in 1986 with a Bachelors in Systems Engineering, John accepted a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and married Brenda, his high school sweetheart.

After training in both Quantico, VA and Pensacola, FL, John and Brenda moved to Southern California where John served as both a CH-53E helicopter pilot in the air wing, and as a forward air controller with the infantry. Numerus collateral duties included: Administrative Officer, Air Training Officer, Security Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. John served three deployments including combat tours with his helicopter squadron during Operations Desert Storm / Shield (Saudi/Kuwait), and with 1st Battalion 7th Marines during Operation Restore Hope (Mogadishu Somalia). For his services John was personally awarded two air medals and the combat action ribbon, as well as multiple unit awards.

In 1994, the family moved back to Pensacola, FL where John served as a helicopter flight instructor and academic training officer for all US Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and US Allied helicopter pilots. In addition, John was promoted to Branch Officer for Academic Training, overseeing all academic classroom instructors, and managing a multi-million-dollar project converting classroom presentations into multimedia interactive courseware. For his services, John was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. During their time in Pensacola, John also enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

In 1997 John and Brenda made the decision to leave active duty service, and John attended his remaining classes at New Orleans Seminary as a full time student. In 1998, John received his Masters of Divinity in Christian Education, and he and his family moved back home to western New York.

Not sensing a call to full time vocational ministry, John and Brenda became active as lay members of a small, independent Baptist church which his parents had started. John accepted a position as the Director of New Business Development and Marketing for a multi-state corporation based in Rochester, serving in this capacity for more than seven years. John also served as a member of the board of directors of a local crisis pregnancy center, helping guide the center’s conversion to a medical model. John and Brenda also became quite active within the homeschooling community as they home-schooled all four of their children.

In January of 2007, John accepted a call to become the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Holley, NY. It was here that John was also ordained into the ministry and had the privilege of having his entire family, including his parents, as active members of the church which he pastored. Additionally, after being called back to active duty for nine months in 2003, John continued his affiliation with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and retired as a Major with twenty years of service in 2010.

Then in December of 2012, John accepted a call to become the Pastor of Education and Discipleship at Shively Baptist Church, here in Louisville, KY. In addition to local church ministry, John is a member of KBREA (The Kentucky Baptist Religious Educators Association) and serves as their local coordinator. John and Brenda remain active within the local homeschooling community, teaching courses at weekly cooperatives and assisting parents and co-ops alike. John has been the chemistry teacher at Beth Haven for the last two years, and Brenda taught English before moving to serve as the school’s librarian. Most recently, John was accepted and has just begun his journey through the Doctor of Education program, with an emphasis in leadership, at Southern Seminary.

John and Brenda have two boys, two girls and two grandsons. Their oldest son (John IV) lives near Rochester, NY with his wife Hayley and their two boys, John V and Rowyn. Their youngest daughter (Elyse) is completing her freshman year at Gutenberg College in Eugene, OR. Their oldest daughter (Anna) and their youngest son (William) live with them here in Louisville. Anna works at Shively Baptist’s Child’s Day Out Weekday Education Ministry, and William will be starting his junior year at Beth Haven this fall.

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 Posted on : June 13, 2016