Pastor Jesse Waggoner is a graduate of Appalachian Bible College, Bethany Theological Seminary and completed his Doctor of Biblical Studies Degree from Master’s International School of Divinity in 2011 and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 2017. He was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 1988. He served as Pastor of New Hope Bible Church in Bridgeport, West Virginia for 8 years, and as Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Ohio for 5 years. For twelve years he served as the Senior Associate/Teaching Pastor of Bible Center Church, Charleston, West Virginia, during which the church grew from an attendance of 750 to 2400 and relocated to a $20 million second campus. After a brief break to complete his doctoral degree Pastor Waggoner began serving as the Interim Senior Pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Charleston. He became Senior Pastor of Mount Calvary in September of 2011 During this time church has more than tripled in worship attendance and has launched a number of new ministries.

In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Waggoner is a writer having completed thee books The latest is Strange and Bizarre Stories from the Bible in 2016, Responsible to Hear, in 2011 and The Essential Connection, in 1996, the latest is available on and the earlier two books are available as downloadable eBooks on this website. He also authored many published articles.

He also shares biblical truth through his regular online video feature called Recharge – Encouragement for your spirit. These short videos, usually under two minutes will help you to reorient your thinking around God’s purpose and place in your life.

Pastor Waggoner and his wife, Julie, have been married for more than 30 years and are the parents of three children. Jessica is a graduate of Cedarville University and is an ICU Nurse working for the University of Virginia Medical Center and resides with her husband Eric, daughters Kaelyn,Ivy and Elyse in Charlottesville, Virginia. Brandon is a graduate of Liberty University and is a licensed pilot, and aircraft mechanic and teaches in the School of Aeronautics at Liberty.. He and his wife Heather live in Lynchburg, VA along with sons Josiah and Beniah. Brian is also a graduate of Liberty University; he and his wife Katien and son Hunter  live near Richmond, VA where he is pursuing a career in law enforcement. The Waggoner’s reside in South Charleston, West Virginia.