Johnny loves spending time with his wife, Jeanette, his daughter and son-in-law, and his two grandsons. He graduated from Mid-Atlantic Christian University (Bachelor of Arts), where he taught for seven years, Cincinnati Christian University (Master of Divinity), where he taught for twenty-seven years, Princeton Theological Seminary (Master of Theology), and Westminster Theological Seminary (Doctor of Philosophy). Johnny likes to travel, making twenty-six international trips, including New Zealand, Ghana, South Korea, India, and Honduras. He also enjoys long-distance running, having run in nineteen marathons plus many shorter races. You can catch him before sunrise on one of his early morning runs along the Pamlico river.
Eli Birchfield - Youth Minister
Eli’s family includes his lovely wife, Emily, his parents, Steve and Christie, and his five siblings. He is completing his Bachelor’s at Johnson University in Youth Ministry, with Bible & Theology as a double major. He has loved his time working with youth at Compassion in GA, youth camps in TN, and mission trips to Rwanda and Haiti. In his spare time, you’ll find him playing Ultimate Frisbee, watching the Bucks and Buccaneers play, and playing Overwatch, Minecraft, and Hearthstone.
Tim hallstrom - children's minister
Tim comes from the dry Arizona desert. He graduated from Central Christian College of the Bible with a Bachelor of Religious Studies, and Cincinnati Christian University with a Master of Divinity. Tim enjoys reading anything from Alice in Wonderland to East of Eden. When he is not watching The West Wing, Stranger Things, or One Punch Man, you can queue up with him in League of Legends and Fortnite.
Christie wise - administrative secretary
Christie loves spending time with her husband Mike, a Navy chaplain, her four children, and her two grandchildren. She is living her childhood dream: restoring and preserving her great grandparents' farmhouse, which dates back to 1910. When she is not working, you can find her with a Venti hot caramel latte (2% milk, no whip cream, please) in one hand, a paintbrush in the other hand, and a Broadway musical in the background.
sandy moore - financial secretary
Sandy most enjoys spending time with her husband Glen, their two daughters, and their five grandchildren. Sandy is our resident explorer, having traveled to Yugoslavia, France, Austria, England, Ireland, Scotland, and 49 of the 50 states. She has been attending First Church for forty-five years. Your precious newborn will be safe in Sandy's hands and her nursery team. Sandy is a consistent camper, a serious scrapbooker, and a ravenous reader. Ask her sometime about Nikolai II, The Last Tsar -- but be sure you have a fresh cup of English Breakfast tea.