MISSION and PURPOSE

 
 
OUR MISSION IS TO MAKE NEW DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST
FOR THE TRANSFORMATION OF PEKIN AND THE WORLD.
 
WE EXIST TO UNITE EVERYONE WITH THE LIFE GIVING POWER OF JESUS.
 
 
 

OUR

CHURCH

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OUR STAFF

 

 Rev. Jim McClarey

Directing Pastor
 
Hi! I’m Jim. I get to serve as the Directing Pastor at Pekin First, where love radiates and grace flows. I’m excited about the ways God is calling us to the future and I’m looking forward to meeting you.  

Heather Robertson

Associate Pastor
Hi I’m Pastor Heather! I coordinate our small group ministries, visit with people, and help people to figure out what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. I would love to grab a cup of coffee and chat. 

Cathy Duffy

Business Manager
 
Hi I’m “Cathy with a C”, and I enjoy working with numbers, and helping people.  If you have questions about financial aspects of our church, I’m your “go to” girl!

Jarilyn Thomas

Administrative Assistant
 
Hi! I’m Jarilyn, and I find joy in serving God’s people as the Administrative Assistant. I would love to help find the answers to any questions you have about Pekin First. 

Kara Bushong

Children’s Ministry Coordinator
   
Hi! I’m Kara! I get the pleasure of helping kids in grades K-5th with their faith development in a fun and interactive way. An added bonus is the relationships that are built with the adults in the kids lives as well. I would love to meet with you and your kids and begin/continue life’s journey with Christ together.

Michael Berg

Youth Director
 
Hi, I’m Michael. I lead our Youth Ministries. It’s my passion to help youth break through into who God created them to be. If you are or know a student from 6th grade to 12th grade, I’d love to connect with you!

Eric Wrigley

Contemporary Worship Leader
 
Hi! I’m Eric.  I have always had a passion for music, and I love creating contemporary worship experiences that people can connect with and feel the presence of the holy spirit.  Feel free to reach out to me anytime.  I love meeting new people.

Tyler Bishop

Choir Director
   
Hi! I’m Tyler and I’m the Choir Director at Pekin First.  I love music, and I am blessed to be able to be a part of this church.  I have met so many wonderful people.  If you have an interest in trying our vocal choir or bell choir, contact me!

Gina Booth

Communications Director
 
Hi, I’m Gina.  I enjoy using technology to communicate all the exciting things we have going on at Pekin First.  You will often see me taking pictures, and videos.  If there is an event or service opportunity you need promoted, let me know how I can help!

FIND US

 

CONTACT US

1315 Court St. Pekin, IL 61554
 
Telephone: 1.309.347.3155
Email: info@pekinfirst.org
 
OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Thursday
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Fridays
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

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Serve

Jesus commands us to feed the hungry.
Pekin First offers food to those in need.
 
Feast At First – The first Saturday of every month we serve a free meal to anyone in the community in need of food.
 
Snack Packs – Many children who receive free or reduced priced school meals are left without adequate nutrition on the weekends.  Our Snack Pack program fills this gap by providing healthy, kid-friendly, and easy to prepare foods to children at Dirksen School.
 
Jesus said “Let the little children come to me”.
Pekin First shares the love of Christ with children.
 
Upward – Children K-6th grade enjoy this faith based basketball league that teaches children to “Play With Purpose” by incorporating devotions and prayer into the teaching of basketball.
 
ROC Kids – We “Reach Our Community” through ROC Kids by building relationships with the children at Pekin Housing.  We enjoy playing games, doing crafts, teaching lessons, field trips and a variety of activities each week.
 
These are just a few of the serving opportunities available at Pekin First.