Pastor Rob Hale, Lead Pastor
“I am blest to be serving my 10th year as Senior Pastor in Ironton, having been born and raised in our area has yielded huge dividends by knowing the people of our area.” Pastor Hale has served over 40 years since being called to Preach the gospel, starting as a Children’s Pastor, Youth Pastor and multiple staff positions. Ordained in 1985, He has served three Nazarene Church’s starting at the Argillite Church in 1987, Ashland Plaza Church in 2002 and Ironton First in 2009. Pastor Hale was bi-vocational 35 1/2 years, having recently retired from Western Southern Insurance. He enjoyed working in financial services while experiencing multiple rewards, one of which is ministering outside of the four walls of the church. Receiving a gift from God over 20 years ago that has resulted in three wonderful children was his wife Lori Ann (Sergent). “I am most undeserving of all the manifold blessings from our Lord, but happily receive and enjoy all of them.”
Brian Taylor, Assistant Pastor & Sunday school Superintendent
Pastor Brian Taylor is a region native who has held several pastoral roles within the Church of the Nazarene. He is currently our Sunday School Superintendent and Assistant Pastor.
Pastor Mark Fonner & Alicia Fonner, REACH Special Needs Ministry Directors
Mark and Alicia Fonner head up our Special Needs program on Thursday nights at 6:30 PM. This service allows those who are unable to worship in the traditional services to have a service of their own. This ministry REACHES those who have learning disabilities, or any category of being developmentally delayed, including being on the Autism spectrum. Mark was ordained by the Church of the Nazarene in June of 2018 and is now an ordained Elder. Mark has 25 years in pastoral ministry. Alicia is an Intervention Specialist in the South Point School District and has a Masters degree in working with those with Special Needs.
Kelli Ferguson, Children's Director
Kelli Ferguson is a recent graduate (2017) of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been working as the Children’ director since that time. Kelli is the daughter of Paul & Crystal Ferguson. The children meet on Sundays for Sunday School at 9:30 AM, followed by Children’s Church at 10:30 AM. Wednesday the children gather at 7:00 PM until 8:00 PM. The curriculum used on Wednesday is Faith Weaver Friends and the kids rotate from, Bible Story, craft, games and snack. Kelli is a big Marvel Comics fan.
Pastor Jordan & Monya Killeen, Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Jordan and Monya Killeen facilitate our Youth Group on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm and our Young Adult Group on Sundays at 6:00 pm. Pastor Jordan leads Scripture based lessons designed to teach young people the joy of applying Christian principles to their everyday lives. He also likes to cook and bake for the young adult small group & home based community meals. Monya leads our teen praise band and makes sure that the youth have some fun. We are an active ministry that attends inter-church gatherings, concerts, competes in sports and e-sports and performs music and comedy whenever we get the chance.