Interim Pastor

Chris Patterson

Chris Patterson along with his wife Allison are regular attenders of P1AG Church.  Chris is an Assemblies of God Missionary Associate with Chi Alpha at A-State that P1AG Church has been supporting for several years.  Chris leads worship and is a gifted communicator.  We are very thankful to have him helping us in this interim season.


Candidates wishing to submit their resume for the postion of Pastor may do so at PastoralSearch@p1ag.org.

Sunday Production Lead

Jason Weatherford

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Jason along with his wife Becky are a tremendous couple with a strong heart for the Lord, His church and for service. Jason and Becky are both ASU alumni and together with their daughters Scout and Sophie have been faithful members of P1AG church since January of 2014.  Jason works with IT at Teleflora and Becky does IT at Marmaduke Schools.  Jason is in charge of producing and leading the Sunday Worship Gathering, he also is a part of the Pulpit/Teaching Team and works in our Kids Ministry Team.  Jason has served on the P1AG Board since February of 2020 when he was selected and has served on the Church Board in the past as well.

Kid's Pastor

Mary Beth Jackson

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Mary Beth along with her husband Leo and their three children have been members of P1AG since the Fall of 2017.  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.  Mary Beth is our Kid's Ministry Pastor.  She was selected to be a part of the Church Board in January of 2019 and has been serving in that capacity ever since. 

Youth Pastor

Matt Gardner

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Matt and his wife Kissa and their daughters Mattie and Kiersten have been longtime members of P1AG.  Matt went to 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 leads is our Youth Pastor (Jr.High & High School) meeting on Wednesday nights, He is a part of the Kids Church Team on Sundays and is a part of the P1AG Preaching/Teaching Team.  Matt is often involved in maintenance and renovation projects around our facilities and  he also leads our security team on our Church Campus.   Matt was elected to the Church Board and has been serving the church in this role since January of 2018.

Church Treasurer

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 Church 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).

Former Lead Pastors

Carl and Sarah Friedel

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. The Friedel's announced In July that they have accepted a call to go and pastor Berean Assembly of God Church in Springfield, Oregon.  Their familes last Sunday as the pastors of P1AG is August 2.   

The Pastorsal Search team is compiling information from church surveys in order to present a profile for the church and its needs in a Pastor.  Candidates wishing to submit their resume for the postion of Pastor may do so at PastoralSearch@p1ag.org.


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 was a High School English teacher and Tennis Coach at Paragould High School.

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