Our Staff

Staff Page HeaderAt First Church, we have a dedicated staff that is laser-focused on helping people find and follow Jesus. Some of us have been in ministry for decades, and some of us have only been serving the church for a handful of years, but all of us are excited to lead our church into serving our community. To contact any of the pastors, click the Contact Us button and send us an email! 

 Matt Darrin :: Lead Pastor

Matt has been a pastor for eighteen years and became the senior pastor at Howland United Methodist Church in 2011.  While still at Howland, in July 2018 he became a part-time minister here at First Church.

Matt spent three years as a missionary before entering pastoral ministry. Previously he was a high school teacher. Matt specializes in children and youth ministry, drama, and church growth. He sometimes coaches other churches in these areas.

Matt and his wife Janel have been married for 20 years. Matt and Janel have four beautiful and talented children Gabrielle, Samuel, Christian, and Elizabeth whom Pastor Matt says got all of their beauty and talent from their mother.


Tom Badanjek :: Visitation Pastor


Amy Tingley :: Office Manager

Amy has been on staff since March 2009. She and her husband, Phil, have one son, Ethan, who is employed at Grove City College.  Amy grew up in the United Methodist faith and remembers helping her mother do the same work she is doing for First Church now. She enjoys working with the people at First Church and loves serving in this capacity. She also enjoys walking, cycling, hiking, kayaking, computer work, cooking, and baking.