Staff Assistant to the Senior Pastor

John Knight is known for his genuine care and concern for the community, his dynamic oratory gifts and the compassion that he has for others. He serves as the Staff Assistant to the Senior Pastor at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His responsibilities include providing leadership to a multigenerational team of staff leaders, providing oversight of the New Disciples ministry, teaching God’s Word to Mount Ararat’s approximate 10,000 members, pastoral care and overseeing the daily operations of the largest church in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining Mount Ararat Baptist Church, Reverend Knight, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served as the Senior Pastor of a local church for 12 years. 

While serving as a Pastor, Reverend Knight worked as the Director of Marriage Enrichment for eight years at TWOgether Pittsburgh (TGP) a $1.2 million a year federally funded grant that provides relationship education throughout the greater Pittsburgh area. His expertise in family dynamics and community engagement enabled Reverend Knight to soar in his position as he created the curriculum, trained participating non-profits on the development of relationship education programs, and helped generate more than 50% of all of TGP participants. 

Reverend Knight holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Ministry from Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA and an Associate of Arts degree in Urban Ministry from the Center for Urban Ministries, Pittsburgh, PA. He is also a certified Counselor Trainer for Life Innovations, Minneapolis Minnesota and will be attending Pittsburgh Theological Seminar  in the Fall completing his Masters in Divinity. 

Reverend Knight is the happy husband of the Tamara M. Killings Knight and the proud father of three Christian daughters Asia, Miyah and Loren. 



Throughout its history, Mount Ararat has been blessed with talented Christians and great servants who have rendered outstanding services to the church. Although some are no longer with us, we should always remember to be grateful for those sacrifices which have given us the mighty "Mount" of today.

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