John M. Overton was born in Maryland and grew up in the church his father pastored in Bel Air. When he was sixteen, the family moved to Rockford, Illinois, where he stayed until he felt the call to ministry and enrolled in Christian Life College in Stockton, California in 1983. There he met Kerry Williams, and they were married in 1985. After graduation, Pastor Overton accepted a staff position at Christian Life Center as Newcomers Director underneath Kenneth Haney. Their first son, Michael David Overton, was born in Stockton on March 14, 1988. In 1991, the family moved back to Rockford, IL to assume the pastorate of John’s father’s church, Apostolic Tabernacle. Their daughter, Alyssa Renee Overton, was born there on January 26, 1993. The family moved to Maryland in 1995 and, on January 1st, they assumed the Pastorate of Apostolic United Pentecostal Church of Laurel.
For the past 25 years, Pastor & Sister Overton have led the congregation through construction projects on two buildings and seen great growth and lives changed. In 2007, the church was renamed to Cross Creek Apostolic Church and they moved into the newly completed building in Beltsville, where they hold services to this day.