John Raymond is founding and senior pastor of New Horizon Calvary Chapel. August 29, 2005 was the day New Horizon had set their official Vision Casting Sunday to launch as a church. Hurricane Katrina happened on August 28, 2005, just one day before. Much of the area suffered massive damages and the building New Horizon was set to meet in was now 5 feet under water. Despite the confusion and despair during such a hard time for this area, God remained sovereign and provided us the opportunity to move into our current building. Pastor John's vision to build a dynamic ministry for the Kingdom never stopped. The building was completely gutted after having 5 feet of water inside and years of repair work began. After a fresh launch in April of 2014, New Horizon has tripled in size and is known for its life-giving culture and focus on leading people to an intimate relationship with God.
John has a passion for building a complete ministry that can provide spiritual growth for every person locally and globally. His God-given vision is in the works! After a 6-year process, New Horizon is now the non-profit owner of The Bridge Radio 88.7 FM which reaches over 2,000,000 people in the Gulf-South Region and streams live to the entire globe. Lakeside Christian Academy is now open for enrollment to provide a Christian education to students from preschool to 12th grade.
New Horizon Calvary Chapel is a non-denominational church and a part of Calvary Chapel based out of Southern California where John's pastor, Greg Laurie is also affiliated. John is also the founder and President of Disciple's Cross, an internet business he created in the 90's to create handmade cross necklaces.
John and his wife Liz have three children (John Derek, Monica & Benjamin)