Dr. Perea currently serves as Lead Pastor at the Connection Community Church in Barstow, California and has served the church and community of Barstow since 1978. Dr. Perea has been a minister of the Assemblies of God since 1976 and was ordained in 1988.
He began his educational journey at Latin American Bible Institute and graduated in 1973 He continued his education at Latin American Theological Seminary and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor in Theoloy. Dr. Perea received a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1988 and a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in leadership in 2000. He taught theology and other Biblical courses at Latin American Bible Institute and La Facuta de Teolgia for a combined fourteen years
Dr. Perea has served in various ministries in the Southern Pacific District: as Director of Pastoral Care for 8 years, as Chairman for four District Councils, and presently serves as District Presbytery for Region 6. In 2014, Dr. John served as the Interim President of LABI College.
Dr. John presently serves as the Chairman of the Student Life Committee at LABI and is a member of the Governance Committee.