Lead Pastors

Carl & Sarah Friedel

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Pastor Carl and Pastor Sarah Friedel have been serving as the Pastors of P1AG since December of 2015. The Friedel's came to P1AG from the west coast (Northern California/ BC, Mexico) where they spent almost two decades as Lead Pastors, Youth/ Children's Pastors and Missionaries.

Carl and Sarah met each other at Bethany University of Scotts Valley, California and prior to getting married in December of 1996, Carl graduated from Bethany College for his under-graduate work with a BA in Church Leadership and a Minor emphasis in Youth Ministry while Sarah graduated with a BA in Church Leadership and a Minor emphasis in Missions.    Carl and Sarah both recieved liscensing credentials initially in the Nor Cal/ Nevada District of the Assemblies of God in 1996 and in 1997, respectively.  They were both ordained there together in 2006, and they hold credentials now with the Arkansas District of the Assemblies of God.   Carl also graduated from Rockbridge Seminary of Springfield, MO in 2009 with a MA of Ministry Leadership degree.  Sarah has recently completed the Arkansas APPEL credentialing program for education and has received her Teaching Credential through the state.   She is currently a High School English teacher and was hired to coach the Tennis team at Paragould High School beginning in the fall of 2019.

Carl and Sarah have four children: Hannah, Joshua, Timothy and Caleb  and they love living here in Paragould, AR. 

Vice Chairman/ President of the Church Board

Matt Gardner

Matt and his wife Kissa and their daughters Mattie and Kiersten have been longtime members of P1AG.  Matt is a graduate from Central Bible College where he met his wife and served as a Youth Pastor at one time at First Assembly of God in Fordyce, AR.  Matt owns and operates a local construction business and is an avid hunter.

Matt is often involved in maintenance and renovation projects around our facilities.  He is involved in helping with security on our Church Campus and he  is a part of our Preaching/Teaching team.   Matt was elected to the Church Board and has been serving the church in this role since January of 2018.

Treasurer of the Church Board

Rick Mann

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Rick and his wife Brenda have been leading and serving in one capacity or another here at Paragould First Assembly of God for over 30 years.  Rick brings his finance accumen along with his servant's heart to the finance and accounting team of P1AG.  The Mann's are a tremendous blessing to our church.  Rick was elected to the Board in January of 2019 and has been serving as our Treasurer ever since (He has been serving as our bookkeeper for several years prior).

Church Board Member

Mary Beth Jackson

Mary Beth along with her husband Leo and their three children have been members of P1AG since the Fall of 2017.  She serves in our Church nursery regularly.  Mary Beth is curently working on a Masters Degree in education, while working in the field.  She recently accepted a job teaching with the Nettleton School district.  She was selected to be a part of the Church Board in January of 2019 and has been serving in that capacity ever since. 

Church Board Member

Coach Spencer Hoffman

Coach Spencer Hoffman along with his wife Claudia serve in numerous ways here at P1AG. Spencer Hoffman is the Athletic Director at Riverside High School and the head Coach of the High School Girls Basketball team where his two younger daughters play.

Along with being on the Board Spencer is on our Preaching/ Teaching Team, he works with our Kids Ministry on Sundays and he helps clean the church weekly.  He has served on the Church Board since February, 2017.