Rev. John L. Widdifield

It is a real blessing to me to be able to preach the Word at the church where I first started to worship my Lord.  The people of Penny Road are the salt and the light of the earth, and it is my humble honor to be able to talk each Sunday with them about the Christ that brings us all together.  If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to come and worship with us!  Our lives are dedicated to living in Christ, loving those we meet on this journey, and leading the next generation to a saving knowledge of Christ.


Johnny is a graduate of Wake Technical Community College (AAS – Electronics Engineering Technology), North Carolina Wesleyan College (BS – Computer Information Systems) and Northwest Nazarene University (MA – Religion: Pastoral Ministry). He was locally licensed in 2005 by Penny Road Church of the Nazarene and received his North Carolina District Preachers License in 2007. In 2010, he was ordained and entered the Order of the Elders of the Nazarene Church.


Johnny is married to Tabitha, and they have two wonderful children (Kristen and Forest).  Johnny and his family enjoy learning, watching the few good movies they can find, and playing video games with each other when they get a chance.  Johnny is an avid reader with many interests ranging from Sci-fi to philosophy. 


Church Secretaries

Lee Hartley

I have attended Penny Road Nazarene Church since 1993 and have enjoyed working as church secretary for many years. When I’m not working part-time in the office, my family keeps me plenty busy.

Trisha Velasquez

I have been working as a secretary at Penny Road since 1998. The church office work brings an added dimension to my life and has many rewards. I have learned about the many facets of church work and witnessed the dedication of those who serve so faithfully.

Music Ministry

Chad Steinacker

My wife Julie and I have been members of Penny Road Church of the Nazarene since we relocated to the Raleigh area in 1999. We both grew up in the Midwest and met at Olivet Nazarene University playing in the concert band. Serving the Lord with our musical talents has always been important to us and we seek to share that with others. The Lord has also blessed our marriage with a large number of children and we enjoy serving the Lord as a family with the gifts He has given us. We are very thankful that we have found a Christ centered place of worship and ministry and look forward to what He has in store for Penny Road Church of the Nazarene and our community.

It is the desire of the music department to provide a place of Christian service and fellowship for adults and teens that wish to use their talents for the Lord. Our worship services incorporate a blend of scripture, traditional hymns and praise choruses (band included) as well as modern and traditional choir music with vocal and instrumental testimonies. We strive to provide a meaningful and inviting framework for worship that appeals to a wide range of musical preferences while keeping our focus on Christ.

Andy Adams