Early life and career

John was born into a military family at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi and grew up in Louisiana. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree from Liberty University. John has been a pastor for 17 years and has over 20 years in small business, where he has worked in the service industries, sales and management.

John is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Murphy in Fenton Mo, and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He and his wonderful wife Chris, of 26 years, reside in High Ridge, Missouri.  John and Chris have two great sons, Brandon and Josh.

Legislative career

Since being elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in 2010, John has worked tirelessly to not only bring jobs to the state, but also project individual rights. He has served on the International Trade and Job Creation, Tax Reform, and Downsizing Government committees. John has continually pushed the government to be more accountable with taxpayer dollars.

Rep. McCaherty is a member of the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson County Republican Club, the Hwy 30 Evangelical Ministerial Alliance and a life member of the NRA. He is also an executive board member of the Jefferson County Pregnancy Care Center and a member of the Jefferson Baptist Association Executive Board. Rep. McCaherty has received the Christian Leadership Award, and has been recognized for his work on pro-life issues, workers’ rights issues, as well as being a strong voice for small business.


John’s dream for Missouri is to enact meaningful legislation that promotes growth in the state and drives fiscal accountability. He understands that it is not government that creates jobs and prosperity, but rather small businesses that move this great state forward. John also realizes that Missouri’s citizens work hard for their money and have to manager their families financials responsibly and so should the government. Missouri’s governor and legislature need to be accountable to its citizens and make decisions that provide the essentials of government and no more.