Reverend John Nipper is serving as our pulpit supply and pastoral support as we search for an installed pastor.
Nipper was born and raised in San Diego. He first studied Aeronautical Engineering at the California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. When he felt called to ministry, with the support of his church and the Presbytery of Santa Barbara, he entered San Francisco Theological Seminary. While serving a church in Vandalia, Ill., he completed a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science at Southern Illinois University and A Doctor of Ministry degree at McCormick Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa as installed pastor, and five churches in John Calvin Presbytery, of which the First Presbyterian is a part, as interim pastor.
While he is assisting in Joplin, Nipper and his wife Leah have a home on five acres in rural Springfield, Mo. He can be reached at (573) 645-6158 or by calling the church office.