Jerry Hopkins, Executive Pastor
FIRST Responsibilities: Leads and manages the operational aspects of FIRST to provide the support necessary to ensure all aspects of ministry have the foundation they need to be excellent.
Hometown: Primghar, IA
Family: Married to Melody and have two grown, married children, Jeremy and Mindy. More importantly, 10 GRANDCHILDREN!
Education: Bachelor Degrees from Nebraska Christian College, Masters Degree from Kentucky Christian University.
Ministry Experience: Previously served as an Executive Pastor and Preaching Pastor. At First, I volunteer as a "Switcher" in the Tech Cave, and my wife Melody and I host the Unity High School C-Group in our home on Wednesday evenings during the school year. I lead the H.I.S. Ministry Team, through which we host two delightful Korean U of I PhD students.
Hobbies: Golf, House Projects, Software Development
Favorite Food: Hamburgers, Steak, Pizza
Favorite Sports Team: Nebraska Cornhuskers
Favorite Band: I like lots of different music, but Emery is definitely up there as a favorite
Favorite TV show growing up: Leave it to Beaver
Crazy fad you went through: Bell bottoms
One fact people don’t likely know about you: I rode my motorcycle from Northwest Iowa to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado the summer after my junior year in high school.