John PoeJohn had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home. During a church revival service, at age 5, John asked his parents how to be saved. However, it wasn't until his first year at Piedmont Bible College that he realized he didn't have a personal walk with the Lord. In the fall of of his freshman year, John decided to stop trying to earn his salvation and fully trusted Christ for the first time. During his childhood John had the chance to meet and interact with many missionaries. God used these early experiences to give him an interest in missions. During his time at Piedmont, the Lord used godly speakers, mission conferences and mission trips to confirm God's calling and to give him a burden for lost souls around the globe. John spent a summer on a mission trip working with several missionary families in Peru. This trip opened his eyes to Peru's great spiritual needs. He returned to Piedmont for his senior year with a new vision and a plan to serve the Lord in Peru. John graduated from Piedmont with a BA in Bible and was then ordained in 1999.
Our Life TogetherJohn and Debbie met during their time at Piedmont. God showed them how they could work together to serve the Lord on the mission field to reach others with the Gospel. After graduating from college they were married and soon joined Baptist Mid-Missions. After one year of language school they arrived in Peru where they spent nearly 14 years as church-planting missionaries. During language school in South Texas God blessed the Poes with their first daughter, Elizabeth Grace. Then during their first furlough to the states God blessed the family with Olivia Joy.