Before Doug became a pastor, he was a Tennessee lawyer. His southern roots show up in his accent. We laugh at his attempt to say “can’t”. Somehow the attempt always rhymes with “ain’t”. He laments during Vol’s football season. He has served as lead pastor since 2002 and is passionate about seeing ordinary people awakened to God’s glory and Kingdom and watching Jesus restore broken hearts and lives. Overwhelmed by God’s mercy and transforming love in his own life, he delights to offer God’s rescue and restoration to others. He can get excited in the pulpit, but wants you to know that he is actually pretty calm in person! His soul mate is his wife Jasona, and he delights in their three children. He’d like to master fly-fishing, woodworking and elk hunting.
Greg is the “second in command” man who desires to see people come alive as they take risks of faith. We think he’s a little of a spiritual daredevil. He loves people (i.e. likes to talk) and works hard to give opportunities for connection so others can share their faith and engage effortlessly with people of different backgrounds. Originally from California, he often wonders “where did all of the people go?”… But does all he can to find them. He loves to learn, bike, hike, ski (and did we mention, talk?), and spend time with his wife and three sons. When he’s not filling in as a preacher, he’s strategizing with teams on how to engage in mission, mobilize men and disciple adults. His tools of choice are his tablet, Kindle, cell phone and mouth (he loves words).
Coming to Greeley from Washington State, Marvin has been leading the Worship Arts ministry at FPC since 2006. He has a passion to see people use their gifts in music and arts ministry and has a gift himself of joining generations in worship together. He leads the vision of commitment at First Pres, to see all ages involved in a variety of art forms and worship leadership. You will often hear Marvin humming and singing in the office as he prepares music. He brings a diligence and warmth to the team. Marvin is a graduate of Biola University, is married to Linda and has two daughters, all of whom are gifted in music.
Linda came to First Pres in 2002 after serving in several church staff positions in Estes Park, CO and Webster, TX. After some great youth ministry years, Linda now oversees the “care and community life” areas of the church as well as women’s ministry. We chuckle about the sign on her desk that reads “Director of Mood Swings”. She joyfully serves the older members of our faith community (who are really just an older youth group). Connecting people to the heart of Jesus and one another is her passion, as well as her family of three grown daughters, three great sons-in-law and seven grandchildren. Linda is always on the go, laughs easily and definitely has the gift of encouragement. It is not uncommon for her to be making rounds in the city to spread love to those in our church family who need a cheerful word, or partner in prayer. Her joyous spirit is contagious. She enjoys entertaining, facilitating Bible study and many a weekend includes taking in a movie!
Donny is passionate about helping adolescents connect with Jesus. He loves the uniqueness that is the teenage years. Donny is gifted in administration (the ability to bring quiet to chaos) and loves to create fun and stability in ministry settings with teenagers. He grew up in Oregon, went to college in California, and served in two churches in Washington State before making Greeley his home in 2008. He is married to Roxanna and has two children, Jalen and Hannah. His tools of choice: all things Google and Apple, Evernote, Spotify, coffee and a Frisbee. Donny is a great fit, bringing his own quirkiness as he helps our teens in their own pursuit of Jesus.
Zoe has a heart of gold and enjoys loving kids into the Kingdom. Her calling is to place her little friends' hand into the Master's hand. She jokes that she worships with really short people, uses cheesy kid’s music and loves every minute of it! The Windy City holds her roots but she has blossomed in Greeley. Most days, a hug and a grande soy chai, no water, no foam, one pump pumpkin spice, extra hot, can get her through any day! The Lord gave her a heart for kids while she was still a kid herself. Her experience spans many places and platforms; public, private, home and church education. The children of FPC are blessed to have her loving and leading each week!
Jasona works to see FPC “Restored in Joy” by overseeing Restoration Prayer Ministries, writing and teaching on wholeness and developing a referral network of counselors. She is passionate about inspiring us to tear down any wall preventing God’s love from flooding our hearts with JOY. She is busy serving her family, but always has a good book on hand, like “Knowledge of the Holy” by A.W Tozer, or “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy, “Gilead” by Marilynn Robinson. Jasona is happy to share her book finds and would love to hear your recommendations as well. When she’s describing her upbringing in Washington, she says “think rain, coffee, and wool socks with Birkenstocks.” And then her time in Alaska is described with, “think more rain, fish slime and leaping Humpback whales.” Her tools of choice: coffee, chocolate, scripture, quiet time and good words. First Pres is excited about her leadership bringing us toward joyful wholeness.