Senior Pastor John Pouchot
After serving at Petsworth from  2002 to 2003 as an associate pastor, Pastor John returned to Petsworth in 2016 as senior pastor.  From 2003 to 2015 he served as the lead pastor for Poquoson Baptist Church.
John and his high school sweetheart, Tracy, have 3 children – John Montgomery, Molly Grace, and Lily Young that are separated by 22 years (because God’s timing is not our timing!)  Outside of his salvation in Christ – John views his greatest gift as his family and treasures the time he is with them.  He is thankful for the heritage and legacy of faith given to him by his own parents.
John is an avid cross-country and track and field fan having competed on the prep and collegiate levels.  In 2009 he was inducted into the Gloucester High  School Sports Hall of Fame and has coached at times even while engaged in ministry.
Loving the local church – seeing individuals embrace the truth of Scripture in obedience – and sharing the good news through preaching, teaching and personal witness are John’s ministry passions.
John is a graduate of Gloucester High School (Go Dukes!), the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (no mascot)
Student Pastor Brandon Palmer

Brandon has been serving as the Student Pastor at Petsworth since 2022. He is passionate about expositing the Word of God through preaching and equipping the saints for the work of the ministry. Brandon desires to shepherd, encourage, and love the people God has graciously placed around him. His heart for students is for them to make Christ name known, wherever God has divinely placed them, through coming to know Christ as their Lord and Savior, daily growing in their relationship with Him, and going out and sharing their faith with others.


Brandon and his wife, Rebecca, met during their time at Liberty University. They have been together since 2018, engaged in 2019, and married in 2020. They currently have a basset hound, named Hercules, and are expecting their first child in March 2023.


In his free time, Brandon enjoys spending quality time with his wife, and others, reading a good book, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and cheering for his Liberty Flames.


Brandon is a graduate of Liberty University, with his Bachelor’s in Pastoral Leadership, and Minor in Youth Ministry. He is currently pursuing his Master’s of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry and Expository Preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Pastor, Church Plant: Ridgeview Church Franklin County, VA
Daniel was born and raised in Virginia. He is one of two children with one brother. He was raised in a home that prioritized loving the Lord, loving each other, and being a part of the church.  He joined the United States Navy in order to serve his country.
It was through the encouragement of our previous youth minister and friend that Daniel accepted the calling to prepare for his ministry by going to college. He is currently pursuing a degree in Ministry at Liberty University.
Daniel married his high school sweetheart, Laurie in 2005. The Lord has blessed Daniel and Laurie with four sons, Luke, Liam, Landry, Lawson and one daughter, Lilah. Together, Daniel and Laurie share a heart for seeing students and children develop a deeper relationship with God.
Daniel enjoys spending time with his family, sports, and going to the lake.
JW Harrington, Pastor Crossroads Church, Church Plant White Stone, VA
JW served with distinction in the U.S. Navy before surrendered to the Gospel Ministry in 2016.  Through support of Petsworth and with God’s mighty hand, JW is pastoring Crossroads Church, in White Stone, Virginia.  Before moving to Virginia, JW was born and raised in Texas.  JW is married to Callie and they have 3 children – Gage, Judd and Anna.