John R. Faison, Sr.

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." - 2 Corinthians 4:7

John R. Faison, Sr. is the Senior Pastor of Watson Grove Baptist Church (The Grove), a growing, multigenerational, multisite church with campuses in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN. The Grove endeavors to be “A GROWING church for GROWING people whom Christ will use in GROWING His Kingdom.”

A native of Boykins, Virginia, Pastor Faison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and a Doctor of Ministry from Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Under Pastor Faison’s leadership, God is using The Grove to impact the city of Nashville and beyond with tremendous effectiveness. Since his arrival in March 2012, the congregation has grown from 300 to over 2400 members. Pastor Faison has led the completion of several physical, logistical and technological upgrades, as well as the hiring of additional staff, in order to minister to this growing congregation. Additionally, several innovative ministry initiatives have launched and powerfully impacted the community, making Pastor Faison a “go-to” resource for a city seeking to respond to its own unprecedented growth. In January 2019, The Grove launched a second campus in Franklin, TN, known as The Grove - Franklin, in order to bring its community ministry model to Williamson County and surrounding areas.

Pastor Faison is a highly sought-after communicator of the Gospel. Young and seasoned alike have been blessed by his message of allegiance and authenticity, as well as his willingness to deal with relevant issues. Pastor Faison's dexterity with different audiences stems from his broad spectrum of experiences. In addition to his 20 years of ministerial experience, he is also a decorated veteran, having served as an US Army officer for eight years. Pastor Faison is a recognized voice at events throughout the country, including the Hampton University Ministers Conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Samuel D. Proctor Conference, NAACP Leadership 500, the Word Network, and universities throughout the nation. Moreover, his work has been published in The African American Lectionary and The In 2016, Pastor Faison was named one of the “Top 5 Young Preachers in America” by the preaching website ROHO. He is a passionate advocate for community transformation and development, as seen in his work as an HIV/AIDS National Ambassador with the NAACP (, mentor in public school districts, and advisor to several community organizations. Pastor Faison currently serves as President of The Grove Community Development Corporation and a member of the Board of Trustees at Belmont University. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity (Boule).

Pastor Faison is married to his lovely partner in life and ministry, Min. Alethia Faison. They are the proud parents of three amazing children: John (Jr), Ajah, and Jaden.

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"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." - 2 Corinthians 3:17

Alethia J. Faison is the Leading Lady of Watson Grove Baptist Church (The Grove), a growing, multigenerational, multisite church with campuses in Nashville, TN and Franklin, TN. The Grove endeavors to be “A GROWING church for GROWING people whom Christ will use in GROWING His Kingdom.”

A native of Franklin, Virginia, Min. Faison was educated in the Southampton County public school system. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (with a concentration in Sociology) from Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia and a Master of Arts in Religion (with a concentration in Pastoral Counseling) from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy at Lipscomb University to become a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Min. Faison was licensed to preach the Gospel in March 2011. She serves as the Vice-President of John R. Faison Ministries, LLC and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a versatile gift who has served in various ways impacting the local church, the community, and the Kingdom of God. Min. Faison is known for her bright smile, warm heart, and her ability to make everyone around her feel special. She has a motherly instinct that compels her to care for others as if they were her own family. Among her spiritual gifts, God has given her a unique gifting of discernment. She uses that gift most effectively as a powerful prayer warrior. Moreover, Min. Faison is particularly anointed to reach young, hurting women with the ministry of reconciliation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her own triumphs over personal tragedies enable her to share, from experience, God’s ability to heal all of life’s painful wounds. She believes that, "transparency coupled with the Love of Christ changes lives."

Min. Faison is married to Pastor John R. Faison, Sr. God has blessed them with three beautiful children: John (Jr.), Ajah, and Jaden.