Meet the Team

 

Staff Pastors


 
 
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JOEL LABERTEW

Lead Pastor

Pastor Joel is responsible for the overall leadership, vision, and direction of First Assembly. He serves as part of the teaching team, as well as Directional Team. If you would like to contact him, you can reach out to his assistant at vkemp@1agbn.org.

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Kenny Hackbarth

Executive Pastor

Pastor Kenny is responsible for leading the staff, carrying out the vision and organization of First Assembly, as well as serving on the Directional Team. He also oversees the worship culture and teams at First Assembly. If you would like to contact him, you can reach him at khackbarth@1agbn.org.

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Katie Kaufman

Youth Pastor

Pastor Katie is responsible for leading students in 6th-12th grade to become fully devoted followers of Christ. She leads the charge by teaching truth through God’s Word. She trains volunteer leaders in how to develop relationships with students during weekly experiences, Life Groups, and serving opportunities. She also leads the creative team that creates engaging content for our weekend services. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her at kkaufman@1agbn.org

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ryan schumAcher

Kids Pastor

Pastor Ryan is responsible to cast vision for the kids ministries at First Assembly. He works together with members of the staff to integrate family-oriented discipleship and parenting initiatives throughout the church. If you would like to contact him, you can reach him at rschumacher@1agbn.org.

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Jaleigh portillo

Assimilation Pastor

Pastor Jaleigh is responsible for ensuring that all of the church resources, ministry processes, and discipleship systems are working effectively. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her at jportillo@1agbn.org.

 
 

Staff

 
Marcus Kaufman

Marcus Kaufman

Creative Director

Marcus is responsible for the creation of all media content for First Assembly, including graphics, videos, web design, print material, and communication strategies. If you would like to contact him, you can reach him at mkaufman@1agbn.org.

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Veronica Kemp

Executive Assistant

Veronica is the assistant to Pastor Joel. She also leads Celebrate Recovery with her husband Scott Kemp. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her at vkemp@1agbn.org.

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Angela Lopez

Ministry Assistant

Angela works with the pastors, directors, and leaders to achieve the goals of First Assembly by providing administrative support. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her at alopez@1agbn.org.

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Joyce Ashline

Ministry Assistant

Joyce works with the pastors, directors, and leaders to achieve the goals of First Assembly by providing administrative support. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her at jashline@1agbn.org.

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Darla Shumaker

Facilities Director

Darla is responsible for overseeing the First Assembly facilities. She ensures that the church looks great and that all environments are safe and clean. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her at dshumaker@1agbn.org.

 
 

Volunteer Directors

 
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Scott Kemp

Celebrate Recovery Director

Scott leads Celebrate Recovery at First Assembly with his wife, Veronica. He is also the Celebrate Recovery North Central Regional Director. If you would like to contact him, you can reach him at sakemp@comcast.net.

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Brittany gulso

Connecting Point Director

Brittany is responsible for serving our guests each weekend at Connecting Point. She ensures that each guest feels welcomed and invited into a life-giving community. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her at brittany7100@hotmail.com.

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Tony Tocco

Life Groups Director

Tony is responsible for overseeing Life Groups and helping people make long-lasting friendships. He has a passion to see each person at First Assembly move from rows to circles. If you would like to contact him, you can reach him at actocco@icloud.com.

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terrance bond

Growth Track Director

Terrance is responsible for overseeing Growth Track, which is a four week class designed for new attendees and those wanting to get connected at First Assembly. If you would like to contact him, you can reach him at bond.terrance@gmail.com.

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Wendy carlton

Royal Family Kids Director

Wendy is responsible for overseeing Royal Family Kids Camp. She has a passion to show kids of all different walks of life the love and kindness of Christ. If you would like to contact her, you can reach her at wendycarlton@yahoo.com.

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gary vaughn

Young Adults Director

Gary is responsible for overseeing the Young Adults ministry at First Assembly. He has a desire that the next generation would know God and experience Him in a powerful way. If you would like to contact him, you can reach him at mr.gavaughn@gmail.com.