Pastor Peter came to Porterville in October of 1998 as the church Youth Pastor. He became the Lead Pastor of the church two years later. Peter studied theology through Global University and has been ordained with the Assemblies of God for 22 years. He loves the Word of God. He has a passion for training the believers to become mature in Christ and for reaching the lost. He grew up in Bruges, Belgium and married Cindy who was in Belgium as a missionary. They have four children, who are all adults. Peter also loves soccer – especially the English Premiere League, as well as movies and watching bicycle races such as the Tour de France.
Pastor Cindy is the spouse of Pastor Peter, the Lead Pastor. She is our Worship Leader, and it is her passion to bring people in the presence of God through worship. She is also the leader of our Woman’s Ministry and loves to lead the ladies in prayer. She graduated from Bethany University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and from Southeastern University with a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning. She currently works as an elementary school teacher. Besides having four children, Cindy and Peter have one grandson whom they love to spent time with. Cindy also loves to watch the Home and Garden Channel and enjoys traveling.
Pastor Jenna has been with First Assembly since 2007, and she became the Children’s Pastor in January 2016. She has been married to Ron Hulsey for 19 years, and they have three children whom she home schools. Jenna has enjoyed working with children since she was a teenager. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Cal State University, Bakersfield.
Allen and Mary, both raised in the Strathmore area, met in high school and have been married for 35 years. They have one adult son and a beautiful daughter-in-law, as well as two teenage daughters, whom they homeschool. Allen’s father has been an Assembly of God pastor since 1974, pastoring the same church where Allen and Mary attended until they became youth pastors at Porterville First in January 2016. “Our mission for the youth is to have a relationship with Christ, to know and love the Word of God, and to help them gain knowledge of who they are in Christ. Our vision is to disciple one another to impact others with the message of the Gospel.”