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 keeps a blog site, View From the Hammock. She also leads the Coping Live Live Podcast.

Administrative Assistant – Jennifer Tanguay

Jennifer Tanguay is a member of our congregation, as well as a volunteer and our Admin. She obtained her Associates Degree with a Concentration in Human Services in 2012. Jennifer is trained in CPR/First Aide, tube feeding, and giving insulin injections. She became a Certified Level one Med Aide in 2016.

Between her and her husband, they have six children who are actively involved in the ministry at Francis Street First. When she is not volunteering or working at our church, she enjoys spending quality family time with her family, being a member of the PTO, and investigating haunted houses with her team, Daughters of the Departed Paranormal Investigation Team.

Early Service Music Director Andy Grooms

Andy Grooms serves at Francis Street First for many years. His the Indie songwriter, iconoclast, and miscreant piano player. Listen to Andy Grooms Living Room “Grateful to Burn” and it’s “minimalist wall of sound”.