About Our Pastor

Pastor Johnny Childers is currently serving as the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Church.  He graduated from Knott County Central High School in 1984 and attended Alice Lloyd college from 1984-1987. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Pastoral Leadership. He was married to Elizabeth A. Couch in 1987 and have four wonderful children, Zachary and wife Bekka, Micah, and Jadyn.

In addition to his pastorate, he is serving as the Regional District Pastor for 14 churches and as a Board Member for the Heart of Florida Youth Ranch. He has served as a Church of God State Council member and has served on other various boards and committees.

His experience includes over 25 years with the Church of God Ministry based in Cleveland, TN with the majority of those years serving as a senior pastor.  He has had seven years experience in administrative work with the International and State Executive offices. Due to his service in these areas, he has been connected to multiple city, state and national leaders.

He is recognized first and foremost as the Senior Pastor for Living Waters Church and as a respected leader to the Marion County Community.


About Our Church

Living Waters has been an established church for approximately 60 years in the Ocala, Central Florida area.  It has been a strong influence in the community for many years with a membership of over 1400 and an average attendance of over 700 per week.

We are an established church with a rich history, building upon hospitality, contemporary worship, a relevant message and faith sharing with all ages. Central to our ministry is a strong mission of community and world evangelism.
LWC is a congregation of friendly and open people who have discovered the freedom and joy of genuine faith in Jesus Christ. We are parents, singles, seniors, teens, and children who live out our faith daily in our varied walks of life.

Just like you, we are all trying to find acceptance, purpose, and the power to change our lives. So if you like being around real people with real problems, who have found faith, hope, love and life-changing power through Jesus Christ, you will love our church. Please visit us soon!

– John and Beth Childers