Meet our Pastor – Rev. Dr. Lydia Istomina
Lydia Istomina received her Doctoral degree from Saint Paul School of Theology. Her research topics are revitalizing organizations, adaptive leadership, and workplace bullying. Lydia Istomina holds the SOJOURNER OF TRUTH AWARD for courage and justice, the ARLON O. EBRIGHT AWARD for leadership, and the Unity Award from the MO UMC Conference. Lydia is also a short story writer. She leads podcast Coping Live Live Podcast.
Administrative Assistant – Debera Nichols
Debera Nichols has a long history in sales, marketing and customer service. She loves to garden, paint, cook and restore furniture. Debera is very excited to join the staff and members as well as spending time in the beautiful building that is Francis Street First. Debera loves people and looks forward to talking to you.
Director of Music – Donovan Jones
Donovan Jones is passionate about playing for people and help them enjoy various genres. He has served at Francis Street First since 2019 and leads all music events. He also leads the Chancel Choir and organizes music concerts that bring in many professional musicians and people from the community.
Director of Education/Childcare
Pat Miller is creative and thorough when she works with children. She is passionate about making her lessons engaging and interacting. Pat has served at Francis Street First since 2019 and leads Sunday School, Kids’ Corner Childcare the Activity Center.
Custodian – Garth Gibson
Garth Gibson is a true asset to any organization, known for his unwavering dedication and hard-working nature. As a custodian, he takes pride in his work and is diligent in his efforts to keep the facilities clean and well-maintained. His attention to detail sets him apart, as he ensures that every aspect of his job is thoroughly taken care of. Garth is a true professional who takes his role seriously and is committed to providing a safe and pleasant environment for all those who use the facilities. His tireless efforts and outstanding work ethic make him a valuable member of any team.