Who He Is
Dr. Porterfield has strong, personal ties to southern West Virginia; and therefore is highly motivated to serve the people of this area, as he was born and raised in Princeton, WV.
In 2006, Dr. Porterfield had a life-altering experience that many would never recover from, the instantaneous loss of his vision due to an act of violence. Despite the overwhelming obstacles in his path due to this severe disability, Dr. Porterfield has shown resilience and determination to make a difference in the lives of others, including pastoring a small church for a time and building Blind Faith Ministries from the ground up. Blind Faith Ministries is an international church planting ministry that stretches across four countries and three continents. Because of his travel and outreach into many foreign countries including South Sudan, Uganda, and Africa, Dr. Porterfield has a great appreciation for the freedoms we have in America and an even greater motivation to fight to make sure we get to keep those freedoms.
Dr. Porterfield has taken a stand personally for the position of pro-life in our community. Due to this stance, he has firsthand experience with the violation of first, second, and fourth amendment rights even in small town West Virginia. Despite unfair actions being taken against him, he did not back down on this position, proving that when the pressure is on, Dr. Porterfield will not take the easy road and back down. He will stand for conservative principles no matter the cost because he believes in them personally.
Dr. Porterfield and his wife Jessica have been married for seven years. They have one daughter named Beth, a baby boy named Johnny, and two children in Heaven. He is a family man who states that "preserving freedoms for my children" is a huge factor in the decision to run for this position. His faith in Christ shapes his values. "I chose to place my faith in Christ and turn to Him alone for salvation at the age of 20, " he says. "It's the best decision I've ever made." Dr. Porterfield then went on to college to train for ministry and received a Bachelor in Religion and Arts, a Master of Pastoral Theology, a Master of Divinity as well as a Doctorate of Divinity.
Dr. Porterfield’s ties to southern WV, his resilience in the face of difficulty, his proven passion to help others, his appreciation for and fearlessness to stand up for our freedoms, as well as his understanding of the spiritual, political, economical and educational climate in our day clearly makes him the best candidate for House of Delegates.