Our Pastor


John Herring



Meet John Herring, Lead Pastor of Refuge Church. He and his wife, Alisha have been involved in church planting for almost 20 years now and has been in ministry for near 30 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to serve in multiple roles within churches including: Student pastor, Children’s Pastor, Missions Pastor, Worship Pastor, Small Groups Pastor, Associate Pastor and Administrative Pastor. He has a background in management and administration from working for many years for a regional retail store. 
John was born in North Little Rock, AR and graduated from Oak Grove High School in 1992. While attending Central Baptist College in Conway, Ar, he surrendered his life to ministry in 1993. In 1997, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible. In 2019, he graduated with a Masters of Arts degree in Religion. He married his best friend in 2001. In 2002, she graduated with her Master’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas. She is now a licensed Speech Pathologist and enjoys working with school age kids in the Nixa School District. She is very involved in the ministry of Refuge Church as well. God has blessed John and Alisha with two wonderful kids, Dalton (born 2007) and Macey (born 2011).

A thought from John:

I enjoy reading, starting with the Bible, but also books about theology, leadership, and the Christian life. I enjoy playing games (just about any kind), being outdoors and spending time with friends and family. I am excited about the plans God has for the future of Refuge Church and how He will use this church body to have a dramatic influence on me and my family.