Lead Pastors

Carl & Sarah Friedel

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Pastors Carl and Sarah Friedel have been serving as the Pastors of P1AG since December of 2015. The Friedel's came to P1AG from the mission field in Tijuana, Mexico where they served at The Mission/RDSN (Rancho de Sus Ninos) for a year and a half in various capacities, but primarily as Teachers in the bilingual School of Ministry and as Short-Term Missions Coordinators promoting and bringing teams mainly from the US and Canada to serve in Mexico.

Prior to their time in Mexico they served as the Lead Pastors of a Church on the Monterey Peninsula of Northern California in a little town called Pacific Grove (PG) for nine years. Before Pastoring in PG they served on staff as Associate Pastors of 4 different churches in Northern Califorina primarily working as Youth and Children's Pastors.

Carl and Sarah met each other at Bethany College of Scotts Valley, California and prior to their marriage in December of 1996, Pastor Carl graduated from Bethany College for his under-graduate work with a BA' in Church Leadership and with a Minor emphasis in Youth Ministry while Pastor Sarah graduated with a BA in Church Leadership and a Minor emphasis in Missions.    Carl and Sarah both recieved liscensing credentials in the Nor Cal/ Nevada District of the Assemblies of God in 1996 and in 1997, respectively.  They were both ordained together in 2006.   Carl also graduated from Rockbridge Seminary of Springfield, MO in 2009 with a Master of Ministry Leadership degree.  Sarah is currently pursuing a Teaching Credential through the Arkansas State Appel program and is teaching High School English at Osceola High School.

Carl and Sarah have four children: Hannah (17 years), Joshua (13 years), Timothy (8 years) and Caleb (8 Years) and they enjoy living here in Paragould, AR.  They also have two dogs and three cats.

Kids Ministry Director

Claudia Hoffman

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Claudia along with her husband Spencer and their girls Lotti and Carolina have been members of P1AG since December of 2014.  They also have an older daughter Ali Nortier who along with her husband Jeremiah serve on the Pastoral staff of a church in Jonesboro.  The Hoffman family is extremely involved in many aspects of P1AG Church.

Claudia has a Masters Degree from Middle Tennessee State University and is a teacher of children with special needs at Nettleton Middle School.  Claudia has been teaching Children's Church, Kids Sunday School and Kids Clubs on Wednesdays for several years here at P1AG and took on the role of being our Kids Ministry Director in August of 2017.

Claudia has a heart for kids and a desire to see them experience the love and the plans of God for their lives.

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 teaches an Adult Growth Group on Wednesday nights.  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.

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.  Mary Beth is cuurently working on a Masters Degree in education, while working in the field.  

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 has taught our Youth and works with our Kids Ministry on Sundays and he helps clean the church weekly.  He has served on the Church Board since February, 2017.