Bob Mosely - Pastor
I have the great privilege to be the Senior Pastor at First Church. I love teaching the word of God and applying it in practical ways to everyday life. I am a history nerd, so studying the 1st century milieu is something I thoroughly enjoy. I am thankful that God has placed me here.
I grew up not knowing about God’s love for me. Jesus began working in my family and I watched (in horror!) as one by one my brothers and my Mom came to know Him. God pursued me even though I was running from Him as fast as I could. Finally, His love broke my resistance and I surrendered to His grace. I have never been the same since.
My wife, Bev, and I were married in 1981. She has been my steady companion through the years and I cannot thank her enough for sticking with me. Bev and I love taking long rides on our motorcycle. We have had the joy of raising 5 kids.
Bill Manning - Associate Pastor
I was born & raised right here in good ol’ Newport News. I grew up going to local schools, fishing at Newport News Park, and playing Denbigh Youth Football & Baseball and Basketball for the Newport News Rec League. As a kid, I loved playing sports and going hunting & fishing. I still do when I can fit it in. My life was forever changed while I was in high school, and our family started attending Denbigh Baptist Church. It was through this church, especially the youth ministry, that I began to understand who Jesus really is. Over a period of three years, I came to the realization that there is nothing better I could do with my life than to live it for Jesus by serving & loving others. This took me to Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) where I majored in Bible & Youth Ministry. Since then I have been a teacher, worked as a framer, and have been the Associate Pastor here at First Church for about tens years. I married the love of my life, Grace, back in 2002. She has been a true Godsend. Together we have four beautiful daughters who mean the world to me: Esperanza, Gianna, Isabella, and Evangeline. I am truly a blessed man.
Robin Kilgore - Children's Church
Hi, my name is Robin Kilgore. I’m a lifelong resident of the Peninsula and have attended First Church since I was a child. I attended Liberty University and Christopher Newport University and currently work as a Registered Nurse for Riverside Health System.
I have had the privilege of coordinating various children’s programs at First Church for the last 19 years. It is a joy every Sunday morning to serve our First Church families, and I am grateful for the opportunity to do this alongside my husband, Jason and daughter, Madison.
Don Durham - Administrator
My wife, Lola, and I retired from the United States Navy and have lived in Newport News for over 25 years. After my Navy career, I used my Old Dominion University business degree to serve as the Human Resource Manager at Eastern State Hospital, retiring in 2016.
We have three children and six grandchildren. Our youngest daughter (Lexie) attends Menchville High School while Lola and I enjoy planning family & outreach activities at First Church, working with the children of First Church, gardening, and enjoying birds & butterflies.
As Church Administrator, I coordinate all internal & external education, outreach, and administrative activities of First Church.
Grace Manning - Communications
Hey there! My name is Grace Manning and I love God, Bill Manning, and our four girls. I am a proud UVA graduate (Wahoowa!) who is currently a Silver Leader with Young Living & an online ESL teacher.
I love First Church because our people are amazing. We have phenomenal pastors, and our worship service is authentic & Spirit-filled. Outside of church and work - I enjoy spending time with my husband, our daughters, and our family & friends.
Steve Morse - Trustee
I was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University. My wife, Malinda, and I have been married for 39 years and have three children - Joel, Sam, and Jennifer - and two grand daughters - Ava and Ellina. I am a retired accountant who enjoys reading history, watching football & basketball games, and taking long walks with my dog. I have been a member of First Church since 1984. What I like best about First Church is the great preaching, that we have a relaxed atmosphere that is welcoming & friendly to newcomers, and that we have so many young people & college students in attendance.
David McDade - Leadership Team
I started attending First Church in 2003. My wife and I were married by Pastor Bob Mosley in 2004 and have 4 children (Hannah, Christina, David and Daniel) that have grown up at First Church. We reside in Historical Huntington Heights in Newport News, and I am the Ford Class Combat Systems Engineering Manager at Newport News Shipbuilding and hold a graduate degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
Together, my wife & I have hosted small groups, helped in the nursery, and taught in Children's Church. Over the years, we have provided leadership for First Church Soccer, Kids Club, Vacation Bible School, and the installation of our playground.
We love the Lord and the family at First Church, and we want to see First Church continue to grow and minister to people in the community.
Joyce Phelps - Nursery Coordinator
I grew up in a small town in eastern NC, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (BS) and completing additional studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medical Technology. Upon college graduation, I married my high school sweetheart, James E. (Eddie) Phelps, and we moved to Newport News where I worked at Newport News Shipbuilding until retirement. We have been active in this church since our arrival in the area. I have worked in the Nursery Ministry for over 30 years - what a blessing! We currently live in Smithfield.
Jason Kilgore - Leadership Team
I grew up in First Church where I met my wife Robin and where we’ve raised our daughter. We believe First Church is a special place that God uses to exemplify the good news of Jesus Christ. Over the last decade, I led the effort to finance, build, and relocate First Church to Port Warwick. I’m currently focused on long-term strategy and financial planning to ensure that First Church will continue for the next generation. I’m focused on long-term strategy and financial planning to ensure that First Church will continue for the next generation.
Professionally, I am the Director for Business Process Innovation at Riverside Health System where my team and I focus on improving system-wide processes for the benefit of our patients and team members. I have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in finance. In my spare time, I work with churches and non-profits in the area of growth and strategic planning. I enjoy spending time with Robin and playing golf. Our daughter Madison is a pre-med student at the University of Virginia.