Meet Our Pastors
John Guillott, Senior Pastor
John Prim, Music Director/Associate Pastor
Pastor JP, as he is know here at GVBC, has been pastoring for almost 39 years. He has served the Lord as a youth pastor, music director, education pastor, professional sports chaplain, senior pastor, missionary in a foreign country and currently is our music director and associate pastor. He also is a North American Mission Board endorsed chaplain in a local hospice. He is married to Leigh (pronounced “Lee”) and they are fairly new to the ministry in Green Valley, having moved here in 2017. JP is a lover of God’s word and enjoys leading one of our Bible studies on Sunday morning.
Steven Wagner, Associate Pastor
Greetings in His Name. I was so happy to arrive here in Southern Arizona in 2015, moving to Green Valley from Pasadena, where I enjoyed 26 years as an elementary school teacher at Dayton Heights Elementary School, in Los Angeles. (From my window in my first classroom, I could clearly see the famous big bold “Hollywood” letters on that well-known hillside.)
I grew up in very rural Watsontown Pennsylvania, coming to know Christ as my Lord when I was 18. Sensing a great need to get a good solid Bible education, and knowing His call to the Christian ministry, I prepared by going to United Wesleyan in Pennsylvania and Mount Vernon in Ohio. To prepare for an anticipated missionary endeavor, I also went to Bloomsburg University to get a teaching degree as well. For the most part, I’ve served in Christian and Missionary Alliance fellowships, being ordained with them in the early 80s.
The Lord has given me the opportunity to serve in pastoral work in 5 churches through the years, to be involved in Christian radio, and to serve 15 years as the missionary director with Child Evangelism Fellowship in Pasadena.
I am incredibly grateful to our Lord for calling me to continue in Christian ministry here at Green Valley Baptist Church. What a unique and pleasant place to serve Him while serving others. I am truly blessed to know and to serve with our fine people. Thank you for your prayerful support as we, as a congregation, continue to seek His face and to be joyfully involved in His service.
The Mission of the Green Valley Baptist Church: To connect the unconnected to Christ in the greater Green Valley area, and beyond, and engage in ministry as joyous Christ followers.
In the early 1970s, a group of Southern Baptists in Green Valley began to pray that God would plant a church in their community. With the arrival of Pastor Jack and Tomi Miller, the dream became a reality. On February 27, 1977, the Green Valley Baptist Church was constituted, with 137 charter members. The current location of 8.9 acres at 1111 North La Canada was located and purchased. The first unit was the worship center/classroom building. Continued growth caused the need for more space. This expansion included the Fellowship Hall/classroom and music suite. The final phase of construction was the office/classroom complex dedicated in 1999. Following Pastor Miller’s retirement, the church called Glenn and Jo Lawson in January, 1983. Pastor Glenn served fifteen years until his retirement. In June, 1999, the church called John Elder as pastor, and in January, his wife, Cheryl, became Minister of Music. In 2007, Pastor Elder accepted the position of president of the Arizona Baptist Children’s Services in Phoenix. Steve Zahare, along with his wife Terry, became pastor in January, 2008. Following the departure of Pastor Steve in June, 2011, John Guillott is now serving as our Pastor. Throughout the history of Green Valley Baptist Church, God has brought a stream of saints who have served him through this congregation. A strong missions emphasis, Bible-based programming, choir-led worship, and a warm atmosphere have caused this fellowship to flourish.