We strongly emphasize the priesthood of all believers. We believe every follower of Jesus is given a new identity, adopted into the royal family of God, recreated in Christ for good works which God has in mind for us, and called to representing Jesus in the world as a royal priesthood. And God invites people into leadership.
Nicholl Bernath helps steward the mission of LoveFirst Coast an elder. She takes part in evangelistic outreaches with Iron Sharpens Iron and helps out with Young Life as a volunteer and serving on the local Young Life Board. Nicholl and her husband Robby host special meetings and gatherings for prayer and healing at the barn on their family farm. During the day, Nicholl works in sales in waste management.
Kent Wehmeier also serves as a steward as an elder. He and his wife Kris Wehmeier brings wisdom, prayer, and insight to our meetings. During the day, they both engage in the work of prayer and healing in their work (Kent is an endocrinologist and Kris is a nurse helping kids and their parents manage allergies). They worship regularly at Faith Community Church, and host meals, parties, and fellowship gatherings in their home.
Andrew Conrad also offers guidance as an elder. With his wife, Norma, they host and lead a weekly Bible study in their home and build relationships with neighbors for the purpose of extending blessing. Norma is a realtor and Andrew is in retired, but both share a passion for healthy living and operate a business aimed at helping people financially. Together, they host many gatherings for family, friends, neighbors, and LoveFirst Coast. Most Sunday mornings, you can find them at Mission Way church in Jacksonville.
Cathy Durham keeps us in line as our secretary. During the day, she applies her administrative gifts. When she’s not keeping notes to keep us on track, she leads and writes for an email prayer ministry that brings encouragement and insight to many friends and co-workers who follow Jesus.
Jim Bay and Rita Bay have supported LoveFirst Coast since before it was started. Jim still serves on the Board of Stewards and Rita is the Treasurer. In his business, Jim creates opportunities for employment for commercial drivers and Rita shows the love of Jesus to her neighbors and also for teen moms and their babies as she cares for the little ones for Young Lives of Saint Augustine. They are actively involved at Coquina Community Church.
Jesse Alexander provides pastoral leadership for LoveFirst Coast. He and his wife Heather engage in a variety of missional activity in the city and regularly host gatherings in their home. Jesse’s background and training are Presbyterian and he is currently ordained as a teaching elder in the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians. His faith was profoundly shaped by the work of Young Life, years of church based Youth Ministry, mission trips, and 20 years of pastoral ministry. He brings a passion for discipleship and mission and preaches at most of our worship gatherings, leads two discipleship huddles, and fills pulpits by request. During the day, he works as a structural engineer. Many Sunday mornings, you can find them worshiping at Mandarin Presbyterian Church.