Our Pastor

Pastor Orea H. Peterson Jr.

A Flint, Michigan native received his first pastoral appointment of John Wesley AME Zion Church, Muskegon, MI in June 2014. Rev. Peterson has been in ministry since 2005, and he currently holds a position at Huntington Bank, Holland, MI as a Team Sales Manager Assistant, Vice President. 

Rev. Peterson is a graduate of South Western High School, Flint, Michigan; Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI where he received a Bachelor in Accounting with a Minor in Math & Computer Science (1993); and a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI where he received a Masters in Biblical Studies (2016).

Rev. Peterson is very active in church on the Western Michigan District, Michigan Annual Conference levels as well as in the community. District; he serves on the Chair of the State of the Church Committee and District Studies; Michigan Annual Conference; he serves as Conference Studies and Finance Committee.

Rev. Peterson proudly served in the U.S Army Persian Gulf War, where he received a Bronze Star commendation medal. 

In July of 1988, Rev. Peterson married his "Good Thing" Patricia Avant-Peterson. They have two daughters, Saudia and Aysha, and two grandsons.

Rev. Orea H. Peterson, Jr., says, “I desire to serve God whole heartedly; Loving Him, Loving my family and Loving God’s People!”