Our Leadership

Jesus is our leader.  His leadership inspires the leadership you will find at First Church.  Our leaders are all committed to loving, worshipping and following Jesus.  Believing that Jesus comes first shapes the way our staff works together and serves the body. 

  • INTERIM PREACHING PASTOR: DR. JEFFREY FRYMIRE

    Dr. Frymire has a passion for teaching and preaching the Bible. He was a pastor in the Church of God (Anderson) for more than 35 years. He got his PhD in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Homiletics. Dr. Frymire spent two years teaching at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J. where he was appointed to a two-year Post Doctoral Teaching Fellowship teaching Creativity in Preaching, Introduction to Preaching, Narrative Preaching, and Speech Communication. Since 2012 he has served as the Associate Professor of Homiletics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Orlando where he teaches Preaching, Worship, and Vocation of Ministry classes. He has been the Dean of the Chapel at the Orlando Campus since 2015.


    Dr. Frymire has been married for 46 years to Rev. Joanie Frymire, an ordained Minister of Worship in the Church of God (Anderson). They have three children: Doug, Jonathan, and Joel all of whom are serving in Pastoral Ministry in the Church of God (Anderson). He has served in national leadership for the Church of God and has been a featured speaker at conventions and preaching conferences.

  • STUDENT Pastor: Doug Walter

    Doug has served at First Church since February 1992 in multiple capacities. He currently serves as the Pastor of Student Ministry. Doug coordinates our Students' ministry team. Doug is also a member of the Northeast Ohio Student Board which plans four major events through out the year (Winter Retreat, Spring Overnighter, Student Camp and Fall Rally). He is a graduate of Anderson University and Ashland Theological Seminary. He and his beautiful wife, Susan, live in Tallmadge with their cats Tucker and Cooper. Email.

  • CHILDREN'S PASTOR: MINDY NUHFER

    Mindy is excited to partner with our children's department to help empower and equip them to impact the children to know God and build His kingdom. She has a degree in General Arts & Science with a focus in Social & Behavioral Science. Her studies were concentrated in child development and women's studies. Mindy and her husband Wayne live in Streetsboro. They have two children, Max and Faith. Email.

  • Office Manager: Brenda SMith

    Brenda has worked at First Church since 1998. She has been the Office Manager since 2007. Her job consists of keeping the pastors in line and their heads on straight. She has been an active part of our church for many years.  She has three married children; Brian, Matthew and Michelle and eight grandchildren. Email.


  • Communications Director: Ryann Jagger

    As Communications Director Ryann works with the staff to ensure the congregation is fully informed and excited about our mission. Ryann has nearly 20 years of experience in communications and design. She is an active member and volunteer at her Lutheran church in Hudson and is also passionate about being a Girls on the Run coach for middle school girls. Ryann is married to Jeff with three kids, two cats and one dog. Email.

  • Worship Pastor & Leader: Brandon Schmidt

    Brandon coordinates Sunday morning worship services and works with all Serve Teams involved—worship team, sound team, screen team and helps direct our online streaming. Brandon was born and raised in the Massillon area, and grew up in the Church of God.  Brandon has led worship for more than 20 years and has a passion for ministering through music and songwriting. For the last five years he served as Student Ministries Pastor at Forty Corners COG. Brandon has a heart for seeing young people become rooted in Jesus and growing into who God created them to be. Brandon is also a freelance graphic designer and photographer. He enjoys being an uncle to six nieces and nephews, laughing with friends, being outside, and playing with his dog, Jimmy.