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Lead Pastor Derek Specht

Having been in ministry for over two decades, I am a seasoned pastor. I have been an ordained pastor in the Church of God Movement since 2003 and have a BA in Christian Ministry from Mid-America Christian University. I am happily married to Gina, and we have three beautiful daughters.


In my free time, I enjoy traveling, running, cooking, and spending time with friends
and family.


My core beliefs and ambitions lead me to listening to everyone’s story before drawing
conclusions of a person’s character, helping those that do not have the same opportunity as I, and praying to be a pioneer in God’s Church.

              One of my favorite Bible verses is Acts 20:24 ”However, I consider my life worth                 nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord                 Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”


Associate Pastor Jessica Willis
                       Associate of Family Ministries

Pastor Jessica Willis began as the Associate of Family Ministries January 1, 2017.  She and her family moved here from Des Moines, Iowa where Jessica served as Youth Pastor for 9 years and Children’s Pastor for 1 year.  Jessica takes great pride and joy in her family.  Her husband Mike Willis has been a great support in ministry and raising their three daughters McKena, Aundrea, and Adalyn.  Jessica enjoys hanging out with friends and family.  She loves Virginia and loves serving the people of First Church of God in Christiansburg, VA.

Diana Aufrecht

Diana Aufrecht has been our church's secretary since June, 2010.  Her family consists of her husband Mark, daughters Jami Lyons and Erica Griffith, and grandchildren Corey, Ariawyn, Kylie, and Vahla.  In her free time you can find her serving with her husband at Camp Christi.

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