Pastors & Staff

Rev. Matt Mitchell, PhD 

Senior Pastor

Matt is a husband and a father whose desire is to see the faith community give of themselves generously to the greater community-at-large. He is a firm believer in the church outside the four walls. Matt is a pastor and missionary; seeking to reach people with the love of Jesus Christ.  In his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, collecting baseball cards, and solving mysteries.

Dr. Mitchell has been published in the Christian Education Journal, the Journal of Youth Ministry, and he also has several articles in the "Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States" edited by George Thomas Kurian and Mark A. Lamport.

BS, Southern Wesleyan University
MDiv, Gardner Webb University
PhD, Trinity International University

Zach Bardsley

Youth and Young Adult Pastor

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Michelle Owens

Children's Ministry Pastor

Michelle has a passion for children and works to build their relationship with Christ.  Michelle administers children programs at FWC and facilitates events that engage children.  Michelle is full of energy making all children that come to FWC feel welcomed and loved.  In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends. 

Gloria Ratchford

Office Administrator

Gloria has been office administrator for more than 30 years and truly loves serving the people of First Wesleyan Church. She is a lifelong Wesleyan and has been a member at First Wesleyan for 50 years.  She was married to Joe for 35 years before his untimely passing.  They are parents to three grown children, Matt, Seth and Robin.  She is blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren and enjoys spending as much time with them as possible.  

Kevin Bolin

Choir Director

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Tiffany Williams

Worship Leader

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Chris Stadler

Pastor of Evangelism and Missions

Chris has long felt a calling to the ministry and is currently pursuing the course of study as a ministerial student. Chris has served our church in a variety of ways but his heartbeat is to see people come to know the Lord and to proclaim the Word of Truth. Outside of ministry, Chris enjoys studying history, spending time with his wife Roxanne and their two grown children, and being "Poppy" to an energetic Lilly Grace.