John graduated from Clemson University in 1990 after earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Soon afterward, he earned his Certified Public Accounting License. In the beginning of his professional career, he worked as an Accountant at progressive levels specializing in audits, taxes, and real estate. Throughout that time and during all of the 90s, John and his wife served as Youth Sponsors for their church, Woodruff Road Christian Church, in Simpsonville, South Carolina.


In 2001, John felt a deeper calling for ministry that led him back to school to complete his Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. Beginning in 2002, he held the positions of Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor and, most recently, Lead Pastor in churches located in Texas and Michigan.  He and his wife, Trish, also became the proud parents of two daughters – Abigail Grace and Madeline Elizabeth – during this time and their family’s walk with Christ continued to blossom and grow.


When John heard about this position at Compass Rose, he saw an opportunity to serve God through an avenue other than local church ministry. CRA’s Director of Spiritual Life and Staff Chaplain role matched John’s God-given gifts of leadership, relationship and education and became known to him and Trish at just the right time in life.  They relocated to Wabash, Indiana, from South Carolina and are excited to begin this endeavor!


LilyAnn Matchett serves as CRA’s Student Chaplain. She graduated in 2021 with her bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. Truly believing the Bible to be “sweeter than honey,” she hopes to kindle a knowledge of the Word and who Christ is, which in turn provokes deep love and adoration for the King in the heart of his people (Ps. 119:103).
For the last four years she has worked as a Shepherdess overseeing the heath and care of 6,000 sheep in Northern Michigan, where she was born and raised. LilyAnn served in youth ministry in several capacities for the last six years, and her heart is to see youth take ownership of their faith and make it a reality in their everyday lives. She is excited to learn alongside and intentionally invest in the spiritual life of teens in many areas at Compass Rose.
In her spare time she enjoys long runs, good books, quality coffee, and spending time with her family.