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John Miles

John Miles has served as senior pastor of First Church since 2006.  He is married to Susan Miles, and he has two grown children and four grandchildren.  He loves spending time with his family, (especially the grandchildren) hiking, and other outdoor activities.  John has been a pastor for over 40 years and he loves his work, his people, and his Lord. 

Phone Number : (870) 932-2320

Matt Knight

Matt joined the First Church staff after retiring from a long career in the mental health field as a therapist, educator and administrator.  As church Care Pastor his duties vary – directing senior ministries, teaching and preaching as needed, developing and leading small groups, providing short term counseling for church members, visiting our members in hospitals and hospice, serving on the Breaking Bonds Board and more. In his life, he has been a public-school teacher, school administrator, a pastor in two churches, written music in Nashville, produced an award-winning motion picture, and authored a book. He continues to travel nationally providing education and motivation to a variety of groups. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in psychological counseling from the University of Tennessee.  

Dustin Ichida

Dustin is a long time Youth Pastor and even longer time LOVER of Jesus! Dustin hails from the great state of Ohio where he attended The Ohio State University. Dustin’s heart is for his wife and kids and deeply loves his pooches. Dustin’s main goal is to create a safe place for First Church’s kiddos to learn who Jesus is and to follow Him with all they have.

Chris Metcalf

Chris began following Christ in April of 2017. The Lord delivered him from addiction and substance abuse while in the Breaking Bonds Treatment Program here in Jonesboro. He and his wife, Elaine, have been married for 8 years. They have two sons, Jay and Judah. They enjoy playing outside with their two dogs, taking trips to the mountains of Colorado, and visiting family. Chris states “Personally, if I am not at home with the family or serving the Church, you can find me on the Pickle ball court. Other than that, studying Scripture, competing, and eating are my favorite past times.” First Church would love to have you become apart of our church family!


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