Meet Our Pastor

Pastor: Rev. Joshua Rider
Pastor since 2020

Mission Statement:
Win, Build, and Send

The Mission of First Church is to
Win disciples for Jesus Christ,
Build them up to maturity, and
Send them out in service to Christ.

We believe in the Bible as the inspired Word of God.

We believe we are:

  • To proclaim the Word of God; to call all people to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to accept Him as Lord and Savior;
  • To be, with the Holy Spirit, a visible presence of Christ in our community;
  • To witness to our faith by prayer and example – praying and caring for individual, community, and world needs, and teaching the Good News of the Bible through our strong Christian Education programs for all ages.

We covenant to be a welcoming church, inviting all who would know our Savior to participate in praising the Lord through worship, social, and educational activities.

Other Leadership

Our Servant Leaders represent the Laity of the church and are the leading advocates for their ministries and missions. The servant leaders work with the Pastor to shepherd leadership development and to promote the laity’s ownership of the church’s present and future ministry and mission. Our team includes leaders in Ushering and Hospitality, Worship, Music, Security, Nursery Aides, The Alter Guild and Communion Stewards, our Membership Secretary, the Women of First United, the Communications Team, and the Technical Team who records and produces the service each week.

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord: who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,  born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.    Amen.