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 EVERY ONE WITH THE LIFE GIVING POWER OF JESUS. 
 
 
 

OUR

CHURCH

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

OUR STAFF

 

 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. 

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.

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 recording videos.  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!

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!

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!

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!

Heather Price

Nursery Care
 
Hi! I’m Heather Price. I work in the nursery at Pekin First.  I enjoy getting to know the children of this church.  It amazes me how they are little sponges soaking it all in.  I am happy I get to be a part of their faith journey.  Stop by the nursery to say hello!
 

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

Send us a message

Contact us directly using the form below.
 

 
 
 

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.