Pastor John Hadley hails from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. He is the second of 11 surviving children born to Jack and Anna Hadley. Reared in a Catholic home, he was the first to receive Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior (1976). Since then, his parents as well as many of his siblings are born-again believers in Jesus Christ.
In 1976, John joined the Peace Corps where he served in Guayaquil, Ecuador, for two years as a machine shop instructor at the Politecnica. Though the Peace Corps is a government organization, the Lord providentially put many believers in his path. He also developed a friendship with many missionaries during his tenure in the Peace Corps.
Upon returning to the U.S., John met his wife-to-be, Nancy LaPenna. John and Nancy were married in February 1980. They have four children: Joanna (married), Daniel (married), David, and Cristina (1988-2008). The Hadley’s moved to Lenox, Massachusetts, where John attended Stevens School of the Bible. After John graduated, he was ordained a minister of the Gospel (1983).
The Hadley family served as missionaries in Ecuador from 1985-1990. In 1991, John became the Dean of Students at Maryland Bible College (from which he also graduated). In 2008, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling from Luther Rice University and Seminary. He continues to serve as Dean of Students at MBC&S. In addition, John serves as Head of Counseling at Greater Grace Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
John also volunteers as chaplain for the Baltimore Police Department, Northeast District. He does weekly ride-alongs with the officers and participates in a variety of community activities.