Meet Our Pastor
John grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin and joined the Army in 1975. After his first tour of duty at Ft. Benning, Ga. he was assigned to Germany where he met Rose. Rose grew up in Ohio and enlisted in the Army in 1978. They were married in 1979. Shortly after they were married, Rose elected to get out of the Army and become a full time wife and Home Schooling Mom.
In 1996 they retired from the Army after spending 3 tours of duty in Germany, several in the US and many deployments including the first Gulf war and Haiti. Just 1 year later the Lord moved them to Germany as Missionaries. They began their missionary service by attending German language school and assisting 2 German missionary churches, one in Ansbach and the other in Nurnberg.
Around the middle of 1999 John was approached by a fellow missionary who saw the need of starting a church to the military in Hohenfels. After much prayer, the Radank’s moved to Hohenfels and conducted the first service of Hohenfels Baptist Church in January 2000. The church first met in their living room.
John and Rose have one son, Robert (Bob). About 1 1/2 years after helping his mom and dad get the church going Bob went back to the States to attend college. While at college Bob met and married Kelly Chamberlain. After completing college with a Masters of Missions Degree, from Crown College of the Bible, they returned to Germany also as missionaries. On arriving in Germany, Bob and Kelly began studying German while they prepared to minister to the German speaking people. In March 2015, a new church in the Regensberg area was started under their leadership, where Bob is now the Pastor. You can check out the church website at: www.fbgnt.de. Bob and Kelly have three children Jackson, Grant & Raegan.
Meet Our Assistant Pastor
I was born in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1972. I was raised in the rural countryside of Chesapeake and although my parents struggled financially, I attended a Christian school from kindergarten to graduation. I was surrounded by religion and religious education my entire childhood, but in 1989 I realized that no religion or any amount of “good” works could ever please God. That winter we had a guest speaker for chapel at our school and God revealed to me that I was a desperate sinner. I went forward and accepted Christ as my personal Savior. Unfortunately, I did nothing to nurture my new relationship with Christ and in 1991; I enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman. I was stationed in Berlin, Germany and although I did not live like a Christian, in His grace the Holy Spirit was still faithful as a Restrainer.
I met Kiki in 1992 and we were married in Virginia in 1994. In 2001, she was saved and immediately started urging me back to church. God used her to revive in me what I had quenched. After a couple of months, I finally succumbed to the Lord and was baptized on November 11, 2001. My love for the Savior grew, as did my relationship with Him. My wife and I both surrendered our lives to do whatever the Lord wanted us to do in September 2005. A few years later while stationed in Germany again, I surrendered to preach the Gospel full-time in September 2011. It was during my last combat tour in Afghanistan that God called me back to the U.S. Military in Germany. After returning home, I immediately submitted paperwork for separation to go into full-time ministry. I thank God everyday for His grace and mercy. The Lord started preparing me before I was aware and I give Him all the credit. He alone is worthy and He alone has saved me and called me.
Meet Our Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Lisa coordinates our children’s ministries. She has a bachelors degree in education and extensive additional training in child development. Not only does she have a unique ministry to our children she is also a great resource for “Home-schoolers.” She has been here at Hohenfels Baptist Church for 14 years! She hails from Alabama!!!