The staff at First Church is called to serve us as we honor God by becoming and making fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We hope you'll enjoy reading a little bit about them here. Please feel free to stop in the office to say "hello!" and introduce yourself.
Lead Pastor: Pastor Ben Kappers
Pastor Ben has been pastor here since June of 2013. He is married to Melanie, and they have five children: Caleb, Grace, Anna, Andrew, and Luke. Pastor Ben graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS in 2011 and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. Pastor Ben and Melanie enjoy playing games and having people in their home. Pastor Ben also enjoys watching the Cubs, keeping up on current events, and playing fantasy football. Pastor Ben's desire is that the Lord would use him to impart to Christ's church a deeper love for and obedience to God through his ministry.
Assistant Pastor: Pastor John Rogers
Pastor John Rogers joined our staff in June of 2019. He and his wife, Julia, have three children: Hunter, Lily, and William. Pastor John is leading our church plant in Crown Point, Indiana.
Administrator: Mark Emanuelson
Mark was born and raised in Burnsville, Minnesota, just south of the Twin Cities. He graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul with a Communications degree and has had a wide variety of occupational opportunities. Those opportunities range from drafting in an engineering firm to electrical contracting to church administration to Environment of Care Director at a skilled nursing facility and now back to church administration. Mark is married to his wife, Diane, and together they have 4 grown boys, 2 daughter-in-law’s and 6 grandchildren. Mark enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, yardwork and gardening. Mark’s favorite verse is Philippians 2:3 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
Director of Music: Cheryl Cassity
Cheryl is a real treat for everyone at First Church, members and visitors alike. She not only assists in worship by playing the organ and piano, but also facilitates our choirs, praise teams, and special music.
Children's Ministry Coordinator: Kersten Kazen
Kersten has shown through her experience and her passion for children's ministry that she will fill this role beautifully. She will be acting as a liason between all the groups that serve First Church Kids, and the kids of our community. This will include Sunday School, VBS, and the development of a mid-week children's discipleship opportunity. Kersten is also part of the Christian Instruction Task Force. May God bless her in this new role.
Media Specialist: Dustin Hibbler
Dustin joined our staff August of 2019. He and his wife, Erin, moved to Lansing from Michigan, where they both grew up. Dustin films sermons on Sunday, takes photos and videos at church events, posts to churches' social media, and maintains our website.