Leadership Team

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  • Jeremy DeWeerdt

  • Jeremy DeWeerdt serves as the Lead Pastor of Rockford First, a church that is focused on three simple priorities: Loving...
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  • jen
  • Jen DeWeerdt

  • Jen DeWeerdt serves with her husband, Jeremy, in the leadership of Rockford First. She is honored to play a key role in...
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  • danv
  • Dan Valentine

  • Dan Valentine serves as Senior Associate Pastor and Executive Director of Ministry Operations at Rockford First, with an...
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  • lisa
  • Lisa Seaton

  • Lisa Seaton serves as the Service Programming and Communications Director at Rockford First. Lisa’s primary role is to...
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  • Taka Iguchi
  • Taka Iguchi

  • Taka Iguchi serves as the Spiritual Development Pastor for Rockford First, helping to champion ways for people to connec...
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  • terry
  • Terry Kelley

  • Terry Kelley serves as the Worship Pastor and oversees all of the worship experiences at Rockford First.  In addition t...
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  • bob
  • Bob Taylor

  • Bob Taylor oversees the Pastoral Care ministries of Rockford First and is primarily focused on taking care of those in n...
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  • josh
  • Josh Yang

  • Josh Yang currently serves as the Counseling Pastor. He also facilitates the DivorceCare, GriefShare and Single & Parent...
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  • betsy
  • Betsy Frost

  • Betsy Frost serves as Director of Rockford First Kids, which includes KidsLife (3rd-5th grades) K2 (K-2nd grades) Akoloo...
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  • jeff
  • Jeff Frost

  • Jeff Frost serves as Student Ministries Pastor and Campus Pastor for Christian Life Middle and High School. Jeff was bor...
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  • meg
  • Megan Valentine

  • Megan Valentine serves as Student Ministry Pastor and is a Rockford area native, born in Rockford and raised in Roscoe, ...
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  • garret
  • Garret Balcitis

  • Garret Balcitis serves as Student Ministry Pastor and is a Rockford area native, born in Roscoe, Illinois. Growing up in...
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  • adam
  • Adam Seaton

  • Adam Seaton serves as the Connections Pastor of Rockford First, where we're all about sharing the journey. It is Adam's...
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  • carriesmith
  • Carrie Smith

  • Carrie Smith serves as the Elementary Principal at Christian Life Schools and is a Rockford native. Carrie earned her...
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  • spike
  • Larry “Spike” Goodrich

  • Larry “Spike” Goodrich serves as the Middle School / High School Principal at Christian Life Schools, where he began...
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  • lance
  • Lance Vistine

  • Lance serves as the Co-Director of Focus One, formerly the “Rockford Master’s Commission.” Focus One is a one-year...
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  • beth
  • Beth Vistine

  • Beth Vistine serves as co director of focus one, a one year program for high school graduates to truly focus on their re...
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  • john
  • John Diehl

  • John Diehl serves as the General Manager at Christian Life Retirement Center Group. In his position, John is able to ...
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