Relationships matter most! When we say "connect" we are talking about a real connection (relationship) with God and with each other. When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus said 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself." According to Jesus, love for God and people is where it's at. Relationships matter most. That's what we mean when we say "connect."
At Marion First Church, we offer multiple worship gatherings to make sure everyone who comes through our doors finds a place to connect and open up to God's presence.
8:30am Classic- Our Classic service is comprised of a mix of hymns, both old and new, and modern worship songs. Piano and keyboards lead the way as we sing together. Our Celebration Choir sings every Sunday in the 8:30 service. Our lead pastor, Dr. Steve Estep, gives a relevant message from God's word.
10:45am Modern- Our Modern service offers today's music in a modern style. Electric guitars and drums back our worship leader as we turn up the volume and praise God with all we have. Our lead pastor, Dr. Steve Estep, brings a relevant message from God's word.
11:00am In His Name- In His Name is our community meal and worship service centered around the table. All are welcome to come and enjoy a free lunch as an outreach ministry of our church. Pastor Gregg Parkman or Pastor Rob Utley bring a message from God's word.
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Dr. Steve Estep and his wife Michelle came to Marion 1st on June 4, 2017. Steve was born and raised in West Virginia. He attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene University where he and Michelle met. Pastor Steve is a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div) and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min). Prior to coming to MFCN he served as Sr. Pastor of Clarksville (TN) Grace and Harrisonville, MO Churches of the Nazarene. Pastor Steve has been an adjunct professor of preaching at Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) since 2006. Steve was elected as President of the NTS Alumni Association in 2014 and is on the Board of Trustees for Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is a member of the board of directors for Restoring the Warriors Heart, a non-profit ministry to military families.
Steve is a big fan of the 6-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. His hobbies include working out, fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and jet-skis. He especially enjoys date nights with Michelle. Pastor Steve and Michelle have three kids - Brandon (23), Brooke (21) and Blake (19) and a boxer named Bo.
Pastor Johnny Edler is our "hometown boy", born and raised in Marion, OH and now serving as Executive Pastor. He has attended Marion First Church of the Nazarene his entire life and is now entering his thirteenth year in Ministry. It is a hard job containing all that energy of an Executive Pastor and spunky dad/ husband, but his wife Amy is doing her best after seventeen years of marriage. Johnny and Amy have two amazing daughters that share the heart of God serving within Children's Ministries. Brooke is 17, and Samantha is 14. Both girls help serve each and every week in ministry and all those times when dad says "hey girls", daddy needs ya- they are ready to assist and serve. Pastor Johnny is a ordained minister within the Church of the Nazarene.
Johnny is all about a healthy lifestyle which includes consistent exercising, running, golf and disc golf. He is also enjoying more of the outdoors, fishing and hunting, with his daughter Brooke and his nephews. Pastor Johnny is the spunkiest of all our staff but we love his enthusiasm and willingness to answer God's call in all ministries within the church.
Pastor Gregg Parkman and his wife Wendi are celebrating their tenth year in ministry and joined MFCN in 2014. Pastor Gregg has served as Associate Pastor at Xenia Nazarene and as Lead Pastor of Riverside Nazarene, a satellite church of Xenia Nazarene.
Gregg and Wendi are blessed with three beautiful daughters Savanna, Shelbi, and Selah. Gregg's passion is to reach the lost for Christ through preaching and innovative outreach. Gregg and Wendi enjoy actively participating with their daughters' activities and family adventures in their free time.
Pastor Rob Utley and his wife Melody grew up in Marion Ohio and have been married for 17 years. Rob and Melody have 2 amazing and beautiful children, Madyson (16) and Austin (11). Pastor Rob has served for 4 years as associate/executive pastor at Marion Life Link and currently serves as an associate pastor here at MFCN since 2014. Pastor Rob and his family enjoy sports of all kinds.
He enjoys playing softball, coaching his sons basketball and baseball teams and watching old movies. He is a huge Sherlock Holmes fan.
Pastor Jayme Reger and her husband, Jeremy, arrived in Marion August 2017. She is an Ohio girl, born right here in Marion. Although she moved from here when she was young and grew up in Dublin, Ohio, she has spent many years in Marion visiting family. She and her husband, Jeremy, met at MVNU and were married right here at Marion First. They have three wonderful children; Jordan, Julianne, and Josephine. Jayme has her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies PK-8 and are coming back to Ohio after several years in West Virginia. Jayme served as the Children’s Ministry Director for Hurricane First Church of the Nazarene as well as the Director of Children’s Ministries for the West Virginia South District.
The Regers enjoy spending time with their family, traveling, cooking, game nights; anything that involves being surrounded by family and friends and includes lots of laughing. They are thrilled to be here and are excited to see what God has in store for the children’s ministry here at Marion First.
Pastor Sawyer Harlow joined our team in October 2017. He and his wife Kayla are high school sweethearts and together they have three children: Breslin, Austin, and Emerson. Sawyer studied Leadership and Ministry at Ohio Christian University. Before coming to MFCN, he served as the Associate Youth Pastor at Heritage Church of the Nazarene in Circleville, Ohio.
He enjoys playing guitar, binge watching Netflix shows with his wife, playing with his kids, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Sawyer has a passion for teaching and preaching God’s Word. He desires to see students discover who Jesus is and how to have an authentic relationship with Him!
Pastor Nate Laughhunn felt a call to ministry in late high-school, and used his gifts in music to lead in church, give music lessons, and travel with music ministry teams around several states for years.
Nate and his wife, Michelle, met one another at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, both pursuing degrees in Marketing. They married the day after graduation, and moved a week later to begin planting church campuses in Northeastern Indiana for the Church of the Nazarene. After almost three years, they felt called to Marion, and here we are!
In their free-time, they binge-watch The Great British Baking Show, train their dog Nora to try calming down, and scourge Chipotle.
Pastor Jerry Campbell is excited to be returning to the staff at MFCN as Associate Pastor, having served here as Worship Pastor many years ago. He and his wife, Susan, met in high school band in central Illinois and were married a few years later. Jerry attended Olivet Nazarene University for three years, and then graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in Music Education and a minor in Spanish. He is an ordained Deacon of Christian Education in the Church of the Nazarene, having previously pastored at churches in Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, and Florida. Jerry and Susan have three sons, Jason (Kim), Joseph, and Jonathan (Aimee), and three awesome grandchildren, Preston, Sophie, and Harper. They share their home near Caledonia with Susan’s parents, Jack and Judy, and their special grandniece, Brittany.
Jerry enjoys snow skiing, snorkeling (not in central Ohio, though!), putting puzzles together on cold, winter nights (definitely in central Ohio!), card & board games (Dutch Blitz, anyone?), and trying to fight for the title of “Campbell Men’s Ping Pong Champion.” He and Susan love spending time with family and friends, and especially with each other.
Kevin Milligan-Lower Level Maintenance/Custodian
Tina Spurlock- Upper Level Custodian
John Tallman- Church Maintenance