The Reverend John M. Porter was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky on October 28 1983. He began his Education in the military school system up until the 4th grade. Rev. Porter then later relocated to Kansas City, Kansas with his family and continued his education there. After graduating from F.L. Schlagle High School in May 2002. Rev. Porter accepted his call to Preach Gods Word at the age of 18 and Preached his first sermon on December 15, 2002 at the Forest Grove Baptist Church under the Leadership of Dr. Desmond Lamb. Rev. Porter took an opportunity to move to Little Rock Arkansas where he served at the New Zion Grove Worship Center as the assistant to his Pastor Stephen T. Robinson Rev. Porter has graduated with his Associate Of Theology and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts (BA)degree in Pastoral Ministry @ Slidell Seminary School. On February 16, 2019, Rev. John M Porter married the love of his life, his wife, Latisha L Porter.
Rev. Porter is highly active in church he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the young age of 13 years old. By age 15, Rev. Porter diligently began to seek the knowledge of Christ through a personal relationship and his word. Rev John M. Porter loves to Preach, Sing and loves Gods people but above all these things the number one thing that he loves is God!! He is a firm believer in what the Bible says when his favorite scripture says in!!!!!!
First Baptist Church is located at 801 Sixth Avenue in the downtown section of Huntington, West Virginia. Six persons under the advisory leadership of Reverend William Bryant organized the church in 1872. They worshiped in a log cabin on Norway Avenue, approximately four miles southeast of the present site.
In the early days. Huntington was populated by the Negro Migration from Virginia. The expansion of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad quickly transformed farmland into a striving city. Huntington was founded in 1872 with a population of approximately 6,000. However, by 1892 the city had grown to a population of over 31,000 people. 3,000 of which were of the “colored population”. The railroad brought a diversity of industries, opportunities and people to the area. In the midst of this splendid growth the development of the “colored population” also prospered in labor and support service jobs. The influence and involvement of “Negroes” in the tri-state area predates the city of Huntington and First Baptist Church.
In 1841 a slave master, Pap Twyman set thirty-seven slaves free in Virginia and gave them $10,000 to settle in Ohio. They settled in Burlington, Ohio just across the river from Huntington where a Negro population had already put down roots. In the early years, prior to 1872, the “colored population” worshiped at Macedonia Baptist Church in Sybene, Ohio, established in 1837.