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Bill Rose
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Our Lead Pastor Bill Rose is a native of southeastern NC. He is a graduate of Holmes Bible College and has served at The First Church for more than twenty years. He and his wife, Lynne have a son, Bill Jr., a daughter, Summer, a son, Paul, and a daughter, Sophia Grace.
 
 
Executive & Worship Pastor
John Howard
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Our Minister of Music and Executive Pastor John Howard is a Graduate of Emmanuel College and East Carolina University. His passion is connecting people to Jesus Christ using today’s relevance and the reliability of faithful foundations. John has over 26 years of ministry experience as an associate pastor, worship leader and youth pastor. John and wife Andrea are natives of Greenville, NC.
 
 
Connections Pastor
Luis Blanco
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Luis Blanco served in the United States Air Force for 20 years before God called him into ministry. He and his wife, Tammy, began their ministry in February 2006 as part of our First Impressions team. His passion is to build relationships and life-long friendships. As the Connections Pastor, he serves with others to ensure that all who come through our doors feel welcome. Luis and Tammy have two children, Nicolas and Drew.
 
 
Children & Family Pastor
Cory Jackson
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Our ministers of Children and Family Ministries are Pastor Cory and Susan Jackson. Their passion is to give hope through Biblical principles that encourage children and families. Cory and Susan minister in Elevate Kidz and Elevate Family, and Cory is our marriage and family counselor. They have over 20 years of local church and outreach ministry experience as volunteers and evangelists. Also, Cory specializes in marketing and graphics with a Degree in Commercial Art and Advertising Design. They have four children, Brandon, Logan, Payton, and Megan.
 
 
Student Pastor
Charles Boyd
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Youth ministry is Pastor Charles’ heartbeat! He served as youth pastor for ten years at the Capital PH Church in Raleigh before being elected to serve as the NC Conference DM Director in 2001, where he served until being appointed as the IPHC National Youth Director from 2008 - 2015. He is a graduate of Emmanuel College and holds a Master’s Degree from Southwestern Christian University. Charles is married to Laura and they have three beautiful children, Austin, Michaela, and Ansleigh.
 
 
Chief Financial Officer
Matthew Nunn
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Matt has attended The First Church since 2009 and joined the staff in 2013. He serves as our Chief Financial Officer He is a graduate of East Carolina, with his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Distribution and Logistics, and holds a Master’s in Business Management from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Liberty Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Hannah, enjoy spending time on the lake, and going to the beach.
 
 
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Andrea Howard
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Andrea serves on the church staff along with her husband, Pastor John, as executive assistant and assists him with the oversight of ministries at The First Church. She received her undergraduate degree from Campbell University and earned an MBA and Juris Doctor from Regent University. Pastor John and Andrea have two dogs, Grady and Millie.
 
 
Preschool Director
Christel Mozingo
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Christel is our Children’s Ministries Director. She is responsible for ElevateKidz Preschool program and our children’s events, VBS, Fall Festival and Easter Eggstravaganza. She loves seeing children’s excitement as they learn about Jesus. Christel is a graduate of NC State University. She and her husband, Graham, have a passion for animals and love to travel. Their daughter, Brianna, is eight years old.
 
 
Nursery Director
Nikki Hardison
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Our Nursery Director is Nikki Hardison. She and her husband Mike married in 1999 and have 5 children: Josh, Noah, Jaden, Nick, and Joey. They started attending The First Church in 2007. Nikki started helping in the nursery in 2009. She volunteered as the nursery director for 2 years before joining our staff in 2013.
 
 
Promotions Director
Marla Glaesman
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Marla is our Director of Promotions. She keeps the congregation informed and is responsible for advertising and promoting the many events and ministries at The First Church. She and her husband, Peter, are high school sweethearts. They enjoy traveling and exploring new places, and they have two grown children, one grandson and have been married thirty one years.
 
 
Creative Director
Richard Darden
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Our Creative Director Richard Darden is a BFA Graduate of East Carolina University School of Art, with a concentration in painting. Richard also earned his teaching credentials in Art Education, from East Carolina University. His experience as an artist, educator and administrator spans over 20 years. His desire is to serve and inspire others through his creative gifts. His wife, Angie, is a musician and piano instructor. They are blessed with two daughters, Hannah and Kaylin.
 
 
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