First Assembly of God

Meet Our Church Staff!

My wife and I want to welcome you personally to visit this entire website as well as come to our church.  We are a part of the great Tuscarawas Valley in New Philadelphia, Ohio.  Ruthie and I have been a part of First Assembly since 1985.  Ruthie was raised in Ohio and I met her at Central Bible College.  We were married on August 4, 1974. Our first place of ministry was Columbus, Mississippi. From there we moved to Ohio where we found a great mentor in Rev. Don Bressette and we ministered together for over eight years.  God blessed us with two baby girls and a new pastorate in an established Assembly of God church.  As the church has grown so has our family.  In New Philadelphia God blessed us with a son and now after 22 years they are serving the Lord and following His calling through Valley Forge Christian College.  We love our church, our community, and this area God has chosen to have us live.  Come join us in worship!

In 1985 Mrs. Wendy Ford became a part of our church staff as Church Secretary.  Wendy and her husband Jim have two children and six grandchildren.  Wendy grew up in this church and would be happy to help you get acquainted with all of our church family.  Just call Monday through Friday 9am-4:30pm.  Wendy's responsibilities have grown over the past 22 years. We now refer to her as our Administrative Assistant. 

In 1993 my Father and Mother came as Pastoral Care pastors.  They follow-up our folks who are shut in and hospitalised form time to time.  My Father is active in our ministry to the county Jail, and nursing homes in the area.  It is an awesome experience to have your parents with you in ministry.  My wife's parents Joe and Velda Schubert are also a hugh blessing to our church family ministries.  They served the First Assembly of God in Akron for 38 years, and continue to do many of the ministries here that they were involved in at Akron First.  They are a part of the growing body of First Assembly here in New Philadelphia!

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Articles & Resources for Church Workers

  • Starting a Greeter Program
    Four years ago I accepted the challenge of evangelism chairperson for our church. One of the first programs the pastor and I developed was the Sunday morning greeter program.
  • Motivating the Right Person into the Right Ministry
    One of the greatest challenges for most leaders is selecting and motivating the right people into the right ministry positions in hopes of minimizing turnover and frustration. Even in the smaller church with limited personnel, it is important to coordinate people and ministry as much as possible.
    “I tried, but no one ever called me” are painful words for a leader who has much work to do and not enough people willing to do it. These words are painful for the person who wanted to contribute, but was never called. These are also painful words for a person who is committed to helping people connect and contribute in meaningful ways within the church.