Pastor John R. Peyton, Senior Pastor
Pastor Peyton was born in Hampton, VA. In 1966, he served in the US Army in Central America. There, he was involved in black militancy to the point of becoming a lieutenant in the Black Panther Party. Through the loving testimony of someone whom he had previously hated, Pastor Peyton came to know Jesus as his Savior. After his term in Central America, he came home and married his school sweetheart, Marie. The Peyton’s have three daughters (Wanda P., Lorraine S. and Jessica W.) four grandsons, three granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren.
In 1967, Pastor Peyton was sent to Vietnam for combat duty. In 1968, he returned home to go to college and in 1974 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Norfolk State University. For six years he taught an eleventh grade Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Hampton, sang in nursing homes and hospitals, and conducted a street ministry. In December of 1974, God led him, his wife Marie and their two daughters to journey to Denver, Colorado by faith trusting the Lord to direct his steps. There, the Peyton’s directed a nursing home ministry and managed a single parent dwelling (92 mothers, 130 children). Pastor Peyton also directed Bethesda Christian Prison Ministry Outreach and was Chaplain of the Denver County Jail and associate pastor at Bethesda Baptist Church. In 1978, he received his Master of Theology degree from Denver Seminary. That same year, Pastor Peyton joined the staff of Prison Fellowship (Led by Chuck Colston) as the Northeast Regional Director. After 2-1/2 successful years, he accepted a new challenge in the ministry as Director of Community Mobilization, recruiting minority volunteers and staff for ministry.
In April 1981, (While ministering and studying in Israel) Pastor Peyton was directed by the Lord to start Reconciliation Fellowship, a ministry designed to reach the Black, White, Arab and Jewish communities. One of the most important aspects of the ministry was bringing reconciliation in families through Biblical counseling.
The Lord led Pastor Peyton to under-shepherd a new church, which began October 1985 in Woodbridge, VA, called Reconciliation Community Church (RCC). The members of RCC are involved in street witnessing, ministering in prisons (locally and nationwide), ministering to residents of senior citizen homes, assisted living homes, various Bible study groups and free clothing and food to the needy. The ministry also financially supports the Lord’s work in Haiti, Ghana, Uganda, and Honduras. Have and will continue to launch full-time missionaries from RCC throughout the world.
In 1994, Pastor Peyton earned a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling Psychology, and in 1996 he earned his Ph.D. in Christian Counseling Psychology from Carolina University of Theology. Pastor Peyton is also a Christian Marriage and Family Therapist and an active member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). Pastor Peyton is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, and in 2002 he received The Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Life-Time Achievement Award for over 25 years of faithful service to inmates, ex-offenders, the criminal justice system, and the Lord Jesus Christ. In June of 2003, he was elected president of Carolina University of Theology in Ironside, North Carolina. In April of 2005, Carolina University of Theology (of Ironside, North Carolina) made its permanent residence in Manassas, Virginia on the grounds of Reconciliation Community Church.
In December of 2001, the Disciples of Christ at Reconciliation Community Church dedicated back to God the House that the Lord built in one year at 14654 Joplin Road, Manassas, VA. The Lord provided the 170 members of RCC with $5.6 million, enabling them to move into this 52,000 square foot multi-purpose tool debt-free as directed by God.
The vision of Reconciliation Community Church, under the leadership of The Great Shepherd Jesus Christ and under-shepherd, Pastor Peyton, includes a multi-purpose Center of Reconciliation. RCC as “A Going Church For A Coming Lord”, will build the following: Bible College (Carolina University of Theology) with four dormitories, Grades K-12 Christian school, Multi-purpose Sanctuary, 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater, 200 room Living Assistance for the elderly, 3 buildings to house: Battered Spouses, Un-wed mothers and Trouble Teens; as well as a Transitional Empowerment Campus for those released from jail. This next phase of the vision that the Lord has given unto Pastor Peyton is slated to be dedicated in the next two years and to be entered into debt-free. Pastor Peyton professes that he works for the richest Jew in the world.
Just as Jesus has restored us to God, He can bring us into a right relationship with one another. Reconciliation Community Church, following the blueprint of the Jewish Carpenter, is committed to relationships being made whole by Christ. RCC is a Christ-centered, Bible-believing, Spirit-filled, cross-cultural church for the entire family. We are “A Going Church For A Coming Lord” based on II Corinthians 5:18.