Board of Directors

Jesus Saves International is governed by a Board of Directors that meet each quarter.  Below you will find each Board Member with a photo & a brief biography.  Please note this page is still under construction.

Pastor Jeremy Empie


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Pastor Juan LaGrandeur

Chief Financial Officer

Hi I’m Juan LaGrandeur! I have been in the church my whole life but I didn’t realize exactly where God wanted me until 2010. It is at that point that I rededicated my life to Him and felt the call into Youth Ministry.

Since then, I have helped in many capacities in the church from opening the church, working in the sound booth, visiting people in the hospital, working with kids church, helping and leading youth groups, and planning youth and kids events.  Also, taking kids and youth to events, just to name a few things that I have done in ministry since 2010. I also volunteer at youth camp as a counselor every summer.

I feel that I have a calling to work with youth, because they often want to listen to what I have to say, since I care about each person that I speak with. My goal is to make sure that every teen knows that God has a plan for them and can use the no matter where they are. This goes along with my life verse which is Jeremiah 29:11.

I believe that there is hope for everyone.  So, if I can just show teens that there is not only someone who cares for them, but died for their sins, and if only they would turn from their sins,  then they can have a peace that will pass all understanding and a joy that is unspeakable. This is what I try to demonstrate through my daily life so that I can share with one more person.




Pastor John Whitaker

Board Member

John Whitaker is a member of the Board of Directors for Jesus Saves International Ministries. He is originally from Moultrie, Georgia and is currently serving in United States Navy.

During his 23 years of outstanding military service he has served a total of six years as Protestant Lay Leader on three different U.S. Navy war ships.  He has taught the Navy’s military leadership course for three years to over 3,000 Officers and Senior Enlisted personnel in the Gulf Coast region, where he was chosen as Instructor of the Year for the entire East Coast - including two years in a row for the Pensacola area.   He has also served as the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Engineering Department on board the USS Stephen W. Groves and Operations Department Head at Navy Operations Support Center, Pensacola. 

Other positions of leadership led by John includes: Local Church Minister, Ordained Pastor & Deacon and Men’s Group Chaplain.

John graduated from Coastline County College with an Associate’s in Arts in Electrical Mechanical Engineering with a concentration on Workforce Education.  John also has an Associate’s Degree though the International School of Ministry.

John and his wife Beatrice Whitaker reside in Cantonment, Florida with their seven beautiful daughters: Sherri, Jasmine, Johna’, Jada, Jalynne, Justina and Jaanai. 


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