Pastor John Reale answered the call to full-time Christian ministry at age fifty. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999, then served at the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, Georgia for two years in a denominational leadership position in Strategic Focus Cities where he helped established city-wide church planting and evangelism ministries in Philadelphia and Seattle.
He was the founding pastor of Foothills Community Church, a Southern Baptist church in Jasper, Georgia, where he served for 11 years. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree in 2004 from Luther Rice Seminary. He was pastor of Staunton Baptist Church in Huddleston, Virginia, until his retirement in February 2015.
He has a business degree from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Education from Ball State University. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years as an intelligence officer, is a Vietnam veteran, and retired from the Air Force in 1989. Following his Air Force career, he was a Corporate Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for ten years.
He has been married to his wife Eleanor for 53 years. They have two sons and six grandchildren.