• DARIN MIRANTE - Lead PASTOr

    dmirante@firstchurch.me


    Darin graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with a degree in counseling. He has served at First Church since 2001. He enjoys traveling with his wife, playing basketball, reading, coffee, and golf. Chipotle and March Madness are 2 more things he enjoys...but they deserve their own categories

  • Tommy Baker - Executive Pastor

    tbaker@firstchurch.me


    Tommy has served First Church as her executive pastor since 2005. He has served First Church in various roles since 1981. He is a 1981 graduate of Kentucky Christian College and received his M.A. from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He loves golf (hacker status) and UK Basketball. Tommy has a passion for leading others to know, worship and serve Jesus Christ.


    He and his wife Janet have two children, Seth and Hannah and have recently become grandparents with the addition of their granddaughter in 2011.

  • Josh brown - worship pastor

    JBROWN@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Josh has served at First Church since 2008. He graduated from Cincinnati Christian University where he met his wife Heidi. Heidi and Josh have three children.


    Josh has the heart of an outdoorsman and loves to be out in the woods. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and shooting, and loves being a dad to his awesome kids.

  • Michelle Gambrel - Kid's Academy Director

    MGAMBREL@firstchurch.me

    Michelle is the Director of Kid's Academy Christian Preschool. She has served at First Church since 2002. Michelle graduated from Conner High School in 1991 and received her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from NKU


    She married her high school sweetheart in 1995, and they now reside in Burlington with two children and an "adopted" nephew. Michelle enjoys coaching basketball and playing taxi for her busy children!

  • Brian Heckber - Outreach Pastor

    BHECKBER@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Brian has served at First Church since 2004 and serves in the areas of outreach, guest services and new members. He graduated from Cincinnati Christian University. He loves working in the yard and woodworking. He and his wife, Kelly have been married since 2000 and they have one daughter.

  • Rick Lowry - Spiritual Growth Pastor

    rlowry@firstchurch.me

    Rick's been spiritual growth pastor at First Church in Burlington KY since November of 2011. His favorite part of church is seeing people grow in small groups. He enjoys writing, reading thoughtful fiction (favorite C.S. Lewis), watching independent films (favorite "Lars and the Real Girl") and hanging out with his amazing wife, Becky. They have two children, Amanda and Bryant, who are, Rick says, two of the world's greatest children -- having inherited talent and character from their mom.

  • Eric MacDonald - Union Campus & student Worship Leader

    emacdonald@firstchurch.me

    Eric has been with First Church since May of 2011, starting as the worship leader for Student Ministries and then joining the Union Campus team. He graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with a Bachelor of Music degree. Eric has a deep passion for energetic and genuine worship, along with Boston creme donuts and hockey. Hebrews 12:28-29; James 1:2-6

  • Jeff Martin - director of pastoral care

    JMARTIN@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Jeff has been a member of First Church since 1965. He has served First Church as Deacon, Elder and currently as Director of Pastoral Care. Jeff and his wife Dee have been active in the choir as well as a stage singer in the Trio service. Jeff has had the privilege of serving on many mission trips and encourages others to go if at all possible. An avid UK fan he looks forward to many more banners being hung in Rupp Arena. In 2012 Jeff concluded a 37 year law enforcement career having retired as Captain at the Boone County Police, Asst. Chief at Northern Kentucky University and Parole Officer for the State of Kentucky by joining the staff at First Church. Jeff is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute and Northern Kentucky University. He married the love of his life, Dee in 1974 they have one daughter Dee Amber Overstreet and two granddaughters Vera and Violet, he would love to tell you about them!

  • Julie Flanagan- Director of CHILDREN'S ministry

    jflanagan@firstchurch.me

    Originally from northern Indiana, Julie is a graduate of Indiana State University and former corporate pilot. She and her husband Ben have 3 terrific sons. Julie is passionate about helping kids develop a personal relationship with Jesus. She enjoys exploring faith with kids to help them discover how to know, worship and serve God. Julie is an avid reader and enjoys flying, scrapbooking and play time with her family.  


  • Nick James - Burlington Student Pastor

    njames@firstchurch.me

    Nick James has been with Student Ministry at First Church since 2015.  He has a passion for teaching students the truths about the Bible and investing relationally into their lives.  Nick is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Alex, and they both enjoy attending Reds games together.  Nick loves disc golf, reading, and Chipotle!

  • Austin Knight - Union Campus Student Pastor

    aknight@firstchurch.me

    Austin Knight has been with First Church since February of 2017. He leads our Student Ministry at our Union Campus. Austin enjoys spending time with students and pointing them towards Jesus. 

    Austin is also an avid fisherman and hunter and spend a lot of his free time outside. 

  • Jenny Leach - Serve director

    jleach@firstchurch.me

    Jenny has had the privilege of working on several teams here at First Church since 2006.  As the Serve Director, her Joy is to help people find their Sweet Spot in making an impact in the community. Jenny's excitement for engaging other's in serving is contagious! 


    She Lives in Florence with her husband and two beautiful daughters. 

  • Benjamin Moore - Multimedia Director

    bmoore@firstchurch.me

    Benjamin graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. He has served at First Church since 2005. He enjoys working on his many projects from old cars to motorcycles and even earned his second degree blackbelt in Taekwondo.

  • Eric Tripp Missions/Outreach Director

    etripp@firstchurch.me

    Eric has served at First Church since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and former missionary to the Philippines. He loves working in the yard and any reason to be outside. He and his beautiful wife, Diana, have a wonderful daughter and son.

  • Nate Verst - mens ministry & young adults

    NVERST@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Nate began work at First Church in 2014, shortly after completion of a degree in Biblical and Theological studies from Boyce College in Louisville. Nate's desire is to reach people with the gospel of Christ, to the glory of God. Nate is involved in life groups, young adults, men's ministry, prison ministry, and biblical counseling here at FC. He loves the outdoors, reading good books, and gardening. Nate has a wife and three children and is daily challenged by Philippians 2:3. 

  • Tracy Wakefield - womens & prayer ministry

    twakefield@firstchurch.me

    Tracy Wakefield leads Women's Ministry and Prayer Ministry here at First Church. Tracy, her husband Rad and their three boys have been part of First Church since 1996. Over the years she has volunteered in many areas of leadership including Women’s Ministry (coordinator, small group leader and teacher); Mothers of Preschoolers (steering team); and Guest Services (leadership team that created and launched the program). She also helped develop communications in support of church-wide initiatives and capital campaigns.

    Tracy graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BA in advertising and from Northwestern University with a Master’s degree in advertising. She worked at a large advertising agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 10 years before moving to Northern Kentucky in 1995. With her three children now in college, Tracy is excited to devote her time full-time to ministry. Tracy’s passion is to help others know that God loves them and has a plan for their life (Jeremiah 29:11).

  • Jason west - Union campus pastor

    jwest@firstchurch.me

    Jason started as the Union campus pastor in September, 2016. He & his wife Yvette have been members of First Church since 2006 and have attended the Union campus since its opening in 2014. He and Yvette have been married for 20 years and have 2 daughters, Audrey and Eliza. Upon graduating from Kentucky Christian, Jason taught in middle-grades education for the next 20 years before coming to First Church.   

  • Ralph Wilmhoff - Director of Operations

    rwilmhoff@firstchurch.me

    Ralph has been serving at FCC since July 2005 and graduated from CCU in 2000. He is married to Krista and has 3 kids, Katie, Sam and Michael