As a young man John Essy had an experience with God when one of his college professors led him in a prayer of salvation. But, having grown up in a non-Christian home, John had no one in his life to mentor or instruct him; he continued to live his life as he always had, even becoming a bit more rowdy as he grew older. “I believed Jesus was God and He died for my sins, but my outward life was not a reflection of the inward transformation that had taken place,” John explained.
In May of 1993 John was invited by a friend to a midweek church service. During the service John rededicated his life to the Lord and was radically changed in that moment. “God rocked my world! All I wanted to do after that was read my bible and go to church,” John said.
As John saturated himself with the Word, major changes began to manifest in his life. During this time he heard the Lord tell him to go to Bible College and prepare for ministry. In addition, the Lord also surrounded John with a group of wonderful spirit filled believers, through whom he was introduced to Andrew's ministry. John listened to one of Andrew’s tapes and was hooked. “I had not heard faith taught with such simplicity. Not only that, Andrew seemed so normal. He was just like me—normal,” John said. He listened to Andrew’s Life For Today—Romans Edition many times over and the verse by verse teaching on Romans facilitated tremendous revelation in his life and gave him a true understanding of grace and faith.
In 1997, John and his wife, Leslie decided it was time to move their family, which included their three small children, to Colorado Springs so John could attend Charis Bible College (CBC). John gave up an excellent job working for a major airline, yet he and his wife felt confident that the Lord would provide; and provide He did. When John and his family were settled in Colorado Springs, he started a small hardwood flooring business to support his family. “We had some hardships early on, but we stayed faithful to the calling, kept focused on the Word, worked hard, and God did what He is so good at—He prospered us like crazy,” John shared.
After graduating in May of 1999, John and his wife felt called to begin their ministry on the east coast of the United States. Of course, before they could leave, there was the issue of how to handle their thriving small business. By August of 1999, God brought them a buyer. The Essys were soon on their way to Pennsylvania with enough proceeds to pay off all of their debt with enough left over for a substantial down payment on a new house, and a five-year stipend that brought in a monthly income to help support them in their new endeavor. Praise God!
Today John’s ministry is making a difference in peoples lives across Pennsylvania. John and his wife enjoy setting people free by sharing God’s unconditional love and grace with them. John is amazed by how many people he has encountered who have not yet heard the Gospel of grace. Through his ministry he has seen blind eyes opened, backs and knees healed, and babies with a terminal diagnosis made well. “What Jesus did is so complete that it is beyond human reasoning. If you convey that message to people clearly and concisely it is limitless what God will do in and through them. God’s unconditional love and grace is the Gospel.”
To learn more about John and to find his speaking schedule visit, John Essy Ministries.