Our Pastors

Dan Thyng
Lead Pastor

Dan is a native of Massachusetts who became a follower of Jesus during his college years. He is currently working toward a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministries through Liberty Seminary. Dan has served at Johnston Chapel since 2013 in the role of Pastor of Student Ministries and Foreign Missions. Prior to joining the pastoral staff, Dan and his family were sent out by Johnston Chapel to serve as missionaries in Papua New Guinea with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism.  Dan and his wife, Amy, have five children: Tyler, Kate, Claire, Ben, and Elijah. Dan enjoys the outdoors, including camping, fishing, and hunting. He is also an avid New England sports fan.

James Walsh
Pastor of Care and Foreign Missions

James grew up in a Christian home and began his relationship with Jesus at the age of 12. James was very active in his home church growing up and during High School the Lord began to lay a burden for full-time ministry upon James’ heart. He committed to serving the Lord in full-time ministry and went to Appalachian Bible College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Bible Theology with an emphasis in Pastoral Greek. While at Appalachian Bible College James met Sarah, they fell in love, and they were married in June of 2006. James was ordained in 2007 and shortly after ordination James and Sarah went to their first full-time ministry in Baxley, GA. James served as Associate Pastor working mainly with youth and children for almost seven years. Then, in July of 2014 God brought their family to Johnston Chapel where he served as Pastor of Children for three and half years. In January of 2018 James moved to the role of Pastor of Student Ministry and Foreign Missions, and, in 2024, he is transitioning to Pastor of Care and Foreign Missions. James is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Bible Baptist Seminary. God has blessed James and Sarah with four boys Josiah, Jeremiah, Joshua, and John. James loves spending time with his family, watching college football, and coaching little league wrestling.

Major areas of responsibility include:

  • Oversight of the Missions initiatives at the church including: Missionary care and communication, Mission trips and Head of the Mission Committee.
  • Visitation
  • Counseling
  • Outreach

Jason Bowden
Pastor of Children and Oversight of Facilities

Jason, originally from Georgia, began serving at a young age in ministry. He volunteered in youth and children’s ministry and served on numerous short-term mission trips. He has a degree in industrial electricity and automated machine controls. After working three years in management in the commercial window industry, the Lord moved Jason into full-time missionary ministry at Heaven Sent Ministries here in Princeton. He served for 11 years as the Project Director leading mission trips, heading up logistics for large food packaging events and serving as IT director, among other things. He and his family were faithful members of Johnston Chapel during that time, serving in many of the children’s ministries. In January of 2018, Jason became the pastor of children’s ministries and also oversees the scheduling and maintenance of the church campus. Jason and his wife, Kristen, have four young children Sarah, Ella, Isaac and Hannah. They live in the country, just a stone’s throw away from the church.  Jason enjoys camping, shooting sports, hunting, and working with his hands.

Major areas of responsibility include:

  • Shepherding young children and their families
  • Oversight of AWANA, Kids Club (Children’s Church), Children’s Bible Fellowships and Nursery
  • Development of pre-teen discipleship programs and service opportunities
  • Oversight of summer children’s ministries
  • Oversight of the church facilities

Ricky Epperly
Pastor of Student Ministry

Ricky grew up in southern West Virginia in a Christian home and gave his heart to Jesus at 10 years old. During his college years, he got involved in a campus ministry where his faith became much more personal and active. In his senior year of undergrad school at Fairmont State, he felt the Lord calling him into ministry. His favorite thing began to be leading his small group, and he was passionate about making disciples. He changed his plans of going to Physical Therapy School to a 10-month campus ministry internship program. He then continued to serve as a campus Pastor for 1 year at Fairmont State and began his Masters of Divinity program before moving to Virginia to be a campus missionary to 2 schools: Longwood and Hampden-Sydney. In August of 2023 he moved back to West Virginia to open up a business and find more ministry opportunities. Ricky joined the Johnston Chapel staff in May of 2024 and will complete his Masters of Divinity through Regent University in July of 2024. Ricky and his wife, Ciera, have one daughter named Blakelynn. Ricky loves spending time with his family, playing and coaching baseball, golfing, fishing, and hunting. 

Major areas of responsibility include:

  • Youth Ministry to include Student Fellowships, Youth Group and Youth Small Groups
  • Shepherding of the Youth workers and students