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.

Nicknames: “Grandpa”

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.