our church

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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OUR TEAM

 

 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.  

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.

Marilyn Everett

Business Manager
 
Hi, I’m Marilyn.  I am the “numbers person” here, and I love being a part of Pekin First.  I am excited about the great things we are working on for the future of our church.  We would love to have you visit and see if you would like to make Pekin First your church home.  Stop by my office and say hello!

Gina Booth

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

Emmy Thies

Children and Family Ministries
Hi, I’m Emmy! I’ve been blessed to be a part of this church since I was a child. As the Director of Children and Family Ministries, I now get to create fun ways for children to grow their relationships with God. I’m excited to share the message of Jesus and make church a second home for children and their families! Please reach out with any questions you have for me!
 

Kara Bushong

Youth Group Director
Hi, I’m Kara!   I’ve been blessed to be a part of this church since I was a child. As the Youth Group Director, I now get to create fun ways for youth to connect with God and with each other.   If you have a pre-teen or teen that would be interested in joining our group we always welcome new youth.  Send me an email!

Eric Wrigley

Contemporary Worship Leader
 
Hi! I’m Eric and that’s my wife Brittany.  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!  I’m the Choir Director/Comedian at Pekin First. ; )  I love music, having fun, 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!

Jamie Lee

Nursery Care
 
Hi, I’m Jamie.  I enjoy teaching the little people of the church!  We play games, do crafts, and learn about Jesus.  I am always excited to see new faces in the nursery.  If you have a child under the age of 5 you can bring them to me while you worship!

Josh Hafliger

Director of Online Ministries
I’m so blessed to get to serve as the Director of Online Ministries. I have been a part of the Media Team for many years, and in 2021 God called me to take a step forward in my faith and serve with this wonderful staff. Taking on this new position and helping connect people with the life giving power of Jesus has been great in my personal faith journey. If I can help in anyway with your faith journey please feel free to contact me!

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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.
     
    The first Saturday of every month we serve a free sack lunch to go while supplies last.
     
    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.
     
     
    ROCKids – 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.