Meet the team.

Don Long

Directing Pastor
It has always been, and will always be my mission to live into the vision God has given to share the gospel of Jesus Christ in life-changing ways, no matter what.  I will do whatever it takes to share the good news  (except becoming a Cardinals fan… Cubbie blue blood runs in my veins).  God never fails to be faithful in promising, if we will give ourselves completely to God (heart, soul, mind, and strength), God will do mighty things in and through us.
Favorite Food: Homemade Chicken & Noodles
Favorite Movie: O Brother Where Art Thou
Favorite Verse:  1 Corinthians 9:22-23

Brad Lewis

Associate Pastor
I am a 2018 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary. I previously served in student ministry for over 10 years and have been on staff at O’Fallon First UMC since 2012.  I would love the opportunity to talk to you about your passions, and where God is leading you!In my free time, I love to watch Cardinal baseball and coach at the local high school. If you are interested in Cardinal baseball or have a passion for local sports, let’s talk! 

Hannah Sipes

Minister of Worship Arts
I am a fresh graduate from Duke Divinity School and so excited to be joining this wonderful team at O'Fallon First! From a young age I have been passionate about music, worship, and the church and I am ready to live into my calling by fostering a community of worship that is "filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." In my free time, I love to bake, play board games, and sew. 

Emily George

Director of Children and Family Ministries
I moved to Illinois from Virginia Beach, VA 8 years ago.  Why, you may ask.  The answer is simply family.  I moved here with two children in tow along with my mother, father, sister, and her mini Noah’s Ark.  Three years later, I had a daughter, Layla.  My children mean the world to me.  Kailey , Bryson , and Layla are truly blessings from God.

I am constantly kept on my toes with an array of issues ranging from what college should one attend, to getting a driver’s license, to leaping from furniture like a monkey from my three children.  Multi tasking genius should’ve been my name, but for now I go by mom, MOM!, momma, or mommy.  That’s all depending on who is calling and how urgent the need is.  I've had quite the spiritual journey, and I'm embracing all the change in my life and allowing God to once again take control to lead me in the direction I'm meant to be. 

Office Manager

Part time
The Office Manager is a part-time position that facilitates the effective functioning of office staff and the Church as a whole.  The person in this position acts as a receptionist ensuring a welcoming atmosphere for staff, congregants, volunteers and guests, while also overseeing a multitude of other administrative-type tasks.    

Professional qualifications include proven office management or administrative skills, experience working with computers and various software and excellent communication and organizational skills.  

Anyone interested in learning more about the position or applying for the position should contact Pastor Brad Lewis at revbradlewis@gmail.comYou can also review more specific details about the job HERE. The position will be open until filled.

Diane Cooper

Mar 2010, I started working for O'Fallon First UMC.  I felt honored knowing this mission would use my God-given gift of accounting to help the church with their financial needs. Accounting has always been a passion of mine, and I feel God put me in this place with a purpose to help others.

Following a stroke in 2011, I wasn’t sure of God’s plan, but as Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  I knew God must not be finished with me yet because He gave me the strength and determination to  rehab, and work my way back. He allowed me to continue my work, making a difference for O'Fallon First.  It was not an easy journey, but one I that has been very beneficial.

My husband, Paul and I were married in 1987. We followed the Army for 20 years and he retired in 2007.  We have 2 daughters, Danielle and Melissa, a son-in-law, Kevin Schaefer and a grand dog, Sadie. 

Ken Gustavson

Office Assistant
Coming Soon

Dylan Depp

Worship Production & Tech Supervisor
Coming Soon