Lead Pastors

Chris and Candice Jackson

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Chris and Candice are natives of Blytheville, Arkansas. God called him at the age of seven to preach and teach His Word. In 2002, God provided an opportunity for him to become a credentialed minister, attend Bible College, and serve in his local church. God then sent Chris and Candice to plant a church in Cabot, Arkansas. Throughout the years, God has used Chris and Candice as Pastors on several church staffs. In 2017, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree, and in 2019, he became an Ordained Minister with the Assemblies of God. Candice has been an Elementary Teacher for seven years and has a passion for kids. She has always said teaching was her mission field.

God began to speak to Chris and Candice about returning to a Lead Pastorate role in the winter of  2019. Their heart is to build a Kingdom-minded church with like-minded followers of Jesus. That is why God birth in them to lead a Spirit-filled church that lives out revival. Their vision includes experiencing God, loving people, and preaching and teaching the whole Bible. They filter everything through God and His Word. They have a vision that is built on Jesus Christ and His church. This vision includes being a house of prayer, a people of worship, disciple-makers, loving others, and having unity in the body of believers. They love discipling and mentoring others and train others to do the same.


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).

Worship 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.