Bob Mosely - Pastor
I have the great privilege to be the Senior Pastor at First Church. I love teaching the word of God and applying it in practical ways to everyday life. I am a history nerd, so studying the 1st century milieu is something I thoroughly enjoy. I am thankful that God has placed me here.
I grew up not knowing about God’s love for me. Jesus began working in my family and I watched (in horror!) as one by one my brothers and my Mom came to know Him. God pursued me even though I was running from Him as fast as I could. Finally, His love broke my resistance and I surrendered to His grace. I have never been the same since.
My wife, Bev, and I were married in 1981. She has been my steady companion through the years and I cannot thank her enough for sticking with me. Bev and I love taking long rides on our motorcycle. We have had the joy of raising 5 kids.
José Luna - Associate Pastor
I was born an raised in Philadelphia, PA before moving to Wise, VA where I spent 10 years working at Camp Bethel.
I am a program director and graphic designer with a passion for worship and discipleship.
I have a undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and will be continuing my pursuit of an MDIV through Liberty University Online. I spent a fair amount of time developing a college ministry at UVa-Wise called The Gathering and was also a full-time volunteer with Highlands Fellowship working with there as a Technical Producer for their Sunday services.
I enjoy spending time with my sweet girlfriend Kaitlyn, reading, playing guitar, blogging and drinking coffee (LOTS of it!), as well as hiking, and photography.
Steven Hill - Youth Director
I grew up in Northern Virginia, about a half hour out side of DC, before making my home here in Newport News. I’ve been attending First Church since I’ve moved here.
I’ve been involved in youth ministry since I was a senior in high school through Young Life and have served with them in many different capacities since then.
I’m very excited for the opportunity of serving in the youth ministry here at First and getting to further get to know the church family.
I love music, and have a passion for good food and good coffee. I enjoy being with friends and family, especially while exploring the outdoors.
Robin Kilgore - Children's Church
Hi, my name is Robin Kilgore. I’m a lifelong resident of the Peninsula and have attended First Church since I was a child. I attended Liberty University and Christopher Newport University and currently work as a Registered Nurse for Riverside Health System.
I have had the privilege of coordinating various children’s programs at First Church for the last 19 years. It is a joy every Sunday morning to serve our First Church families, and I am grateful for the opportunity to do this alongside my husband, Jason and daughter, Madison.
Steve Morse - Trustee
I was born and raised in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University. My wife, Malinda, and I have been married for 39 years and have three children - Joel, Sam, and Jennifer - and two grand daughters - Ava and Ellina. I am a retired accountant who enjoys reading history, watching football & basketball games, and taking long walks with my dog. I have been a member of First Church since 1984. What I like best about First Church is the great preaching, that we have a relaxed atmosphere that is welcoming & friendly to newcomers, and that we have so many young people & college students in attendance.
Joyce Phelps - Nursery Coordinator
I grew up in a small town in eastern NC, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (BS) and completing additional studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medical Technology. Upon college graduation, I married my high school sweetheart, James E. (Eddie) Phelps, and we moved to Newport News where I worked at Newport News Shipbuilding until retirement. We have been active in this church since our arrival in the area. I have worked in the Nursery Ministry for over 30 years - what a blessing! We currently live in Smithfield.
David McDade - Leadership Team
I started attending First Church in 2003. I have 4 children (Hannah, Christina, David and Daniel) that have grown up at First Church. We reside in Historical Huntington Heights in Newport News, and I am the Ford Class Combat Systems Engineering Manager at Newport News Shipbuilding and hold a graduate degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.
I have hosted small groups, helped in the nursery, and taught in Children's Church. Over the years, I have provided leadership for First Church Soccer, Kids Club, Vacation Bible School, and the installation of our playground.
I love the Lord and the family at First Church, and I want to see First Church continue to grow and minister to people in the community.
Jason Kilgore - Leadership Team
I grew up in First Church where I met my wife Robin and where we’ve raised our daughter. We believe First Church is a special place that God uses to exemplify the good news of Jesus Christ. Over the last decade, I led the effort to finance, build, and relocate First Church to Port Warwick. I’m currently focused on long-term strategy and financial planning to ensure that First Church will continue for the next generation. I’m focused on long-term strategy and financial planning to ensure that First Church will continue for the next generation.
Professionally, I am the Director for Business Process Innovation at Riverside Health System where my team and I focus on improving system-wide processes for the benefit of our patients and team members. I have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in finance. In my spare time, I work with churches and non-profits in the area of growth and strategic planning. I enjoy spending time with Robin and playing golf. Our daughter Madison is a pre-med student at the University of Virginia.