First Church of God - Punxsutawney, PA

Welcome to First Church of God Student Ministries!


Tressie and I are so glad to be at First Church of God Punxsutawney as I partner with you as the new Student Ministries Pastor. We are grateful for all the hospitality you have extended to us – we have really felt the love of God through your outpouring of love.

I grew up in Chilhowie, Virginia and attended college at Warner Southern College in Lake Wales, Florida. I graduated from Warner in 2007 with a degree in Church Ministries and a minor in Congregational Outreach. Tressie and I met at Warner and have been married for six years and we are expecting our first child this July. Tressie has a degree in Special Education and grew up in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania I was the youth and associate pastor at Rock Creek Church of God for five years in Bessemer, Alabama.

I am so grateful for the great group of volunteers you have in the student ministries department at First Church of God. They truly have a passion for students and have been vital in keeping the student ministries going strong in the absence of a full-time pastor. Tressie and I are so excited to partner with them in spreading the Good News of Christ to students in the Punxsutawney area. My ultimate goal as the Student Ministries Pastor is to help students grow closer in and live out their faith. As the Student Ministries Pastor I believe in partnering with parents on a regular basis, connecting students to adults who can invest and disciple them through mentoring relationships and getting students involved in service opportunities where they can be the hands and feet of Jesus to our world and are vital components to a student ministries program. I believe this generation of students and young adults is vital to our church, community and world and will make an impact for Christ. Please join me in praying for our students and leaders as we kick off 2014.

Pastor Jonathan.


Are you a student in grades 6 through 12?
There is an opportunity for you to meet with
other students during the 9:00 Sunday
morning service in our Youth Wing. Ask
one of our greeters for help making your
way to this part of our campus.

Sunday nights at 6:00 PM we offer students
the opportunity to get together for games,
worship, and life lessons.

Wednesday nights from 7:00 - 8:00 we dive
deeper in our walk with Christ. Through the
fall we are looking closely at who Jesus is.

We hope you will come and join us for any
of these activities.