About Us

Who we are

One Story Ministries (OSM) is a non-profit 501-c3 publishing ministry of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (PCA) located in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Our mission is to produce and disseminate Biblically-based curricula and materials which may be used for the education and edification of the church, home, and school.

Our Director: John C. Kwasny, Ph.D.

Our Board:
  • Bryan Kerr
  • Jim Lee
  • Bonita Murphy
  • Rod Russ
  • Everett White
  • Emmalyne Beck
  • About Our Author

    Dr. John C. Kwasny is the Director of Discipleship Ministries at Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He is also an adjunct professor at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson). Before coming to Pear Orchard in 2005, John spent five years as a Biblical Counselor in private practice, followed by ten years as Director of Christian Education and Family Life at Plains Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Zachary, Louisiana.​​

    John is the author of several books, including: Suffering in 3-D: Connecting the Church to Disease, Disability, and Disorder, Pursuing a Heart of Wisdom: Counseling Teenagers Biblically, Children's Ministry 101, and Established in the Faith: 12 Conversations to Lead your Child to Profess Faith in Christ. He also hosts a weekly podcast entitled BiblicalCounseling Today.​

    John is married to Martie, a Biblical Counselor, Special Educator, and Senior Area Director of Joni and Friends Mississippi. The Kwasnys have eight children (five girls and three boys), four sons-in-law, and four grandchildren.

    John's passion is for teaching and counseling children, youth, and adults from a Biblical worldview in all areas of life.

    Our Statement of Faith

    • The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice. There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
    • All mankind participated in Adam's fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
    • The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
    • Those sinners whom the Spirit quickens, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.
    • Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
    • The goal of God's salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
    • At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever's soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
    • Baptism is a sign of God's covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
    • Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. The Gospel of God's salvation in Jesus Christ must be published to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.