Senior Pastor John McRae

Welcome! 

John McRae, our Youth Director for 4 ½ years, is honored and humbled to be selected by our Pastoral Search Committee in view of a call to the role of Senior Pastor. John was saved and baptized at his church when he was 8 years old, and first heard the Lord call him to ministry at 15. From that time on, he has dedicated himself in response to that call. Entering the ministry at 20 years old, he has actively served on church staff and leadership for 16 years now. John passionately believes the Lord has called him to be Senior Pastor of KABC, and yearns to see our church strengthened in personal relationship with Jesus, growing in spiritual maturity in the living Word, seeking the lost for eternity, and readying the body of Christ for His return.


Before coming to KABC in 2013, John was an Associate Pastor for 6 years and also served on the Advisory Board of the church for planning, direction, and strategic decision making. He delivered Sunday morning messages, worked with other staff pastors for sermon planning and topic coordination, made home and hospital visits, baptisms, and was coordinator of small group ministries.

2013-2017 – Youth Director at KABC

2008-2013 – Associate Pastor and Small Group Director

2006-2008 – Church Advisory Board

2001-2005 – Children’s Pastor and Church Advisory Board


Since joining staff at KABC, John’s ministry efforts have been fruitful in growing ELEVATE from less than 10 in regular attendance to a consistent average of 30-40 students. In addition to leading Wednesday Night services and Sun-day Cross Training on a weekly basis, he regularly counsels students and parents with Biblical insights and spiritual direction. Together with his wife Melanie, they have been able to plan and coordinate multiple student events, out-reach, fundraising, and the annual Youth Camp trips that have yielded many eternal decisions for Salvation and Baptism. An effective communicator of God’s Word, John has often been called upon to deliver the timeless truths of scripture in his practical and engaging style which helps people understand the gift of a redemptive relationship with Jesus and what it means to truly live for Him.


Professionally, John is also VP of Sales Operations at Kforce where he has been employed for 12 years. His experience in strategic organizational leadership, execution of key initiatives, finance operations, and team development are transferrable strengths he brings to both vocations.


John and Melanie, natives to Brandon FL, have celebrated over ten years of marriage and have two children, Samuel and Marleigh. John loves playing sports (especially baseball and basketball) and watching movies. Melanie enjoys singing, baking, and homemaking. As a family, they love to go out for sushi, go to the beach and to Disney, and play games together. John earned a B.S. in Finance with Minor in Accounting from the University of South Florida and is currently completing his Masters of Divinity in Theology at Liberty University (GPA 4.0). Melanie has a B.A. in Communications and a Minor in Bible from Lee University, a private Christian university.


John’s favorite book in the Bible is Romans, his favorite chapter is Romans 8, and his favorite verses are Romans 8:38-39: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.