Meet the Staff

If you wish to contact any of our staff, please call 816.942.9022

or click on their picture below to send an email.

  • Jason & Stefanie Rowinski

    Interim Co-Pastors

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  • Kevin Koker

    Worship Arts Pastor

    Kevin has lived in the Kansas City area since his college days at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Prior to his time in Kansas City, he grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota, where his father was a Nazarene pastor. Kevin is a graduate of MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in church music. He was ordained in the Church of the Nazarene in 2004 and has served in associate pastoral ministry, both full time and part time, for more than 25 years. Currently, Kevin also serves the Global Ministry Center of the Church of the Nazarene as Stewardship Ministries Coordinator, where he helps to manage the Stewardship Ministries team and creates resources for pastors and church treasurers to preach and teach generosity. 

    Kevin is married to Julie, who works as a registered nurse, and together they have two daughters, Faith and Lauren, and a son-in-law, Drake. Kevin has a passion to help people connect to God through corporate worship. In his spare time he enjoys sporting events, exercise, and being outdoors.

  • Anne Hardy

    Congregational Care Pastor

    Anne’s family moved from Boston to Kansas City in 2002 when her husband joined the NTS faculty. They have been involved at KCFC in a variety of ways and Anne’s current role taps into her passions for pastoral care with visitation and other expressions of care. She also teaches the Crusaders Sunday School class.

    Raised in a God-honoring home, Anne’s parents fled Estonia as teenagers during WWII and eventually settled in New York state. Anne grew up on the shores of Lake Erie with Estonian as her first language. (You might overhear her speaking it with her mother who joined their home in 2011. The Estonian pronunciation of Anne sounds like “UN-eh.”)

    Anne was introduced to a personal relationship with Christ through the loving influence of an aunt who also encouraged her to attend a Christian college. At Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, MA), she began a discipleship journey through small group Bible studies, chapels and worship. While she majored in Modern Languages (German and French) and Psychology, key mentors inspired her to train as a counselor. She graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with an MA in Marriage and Family Ministry. Still a student, she takes one course at a time toward her NTS MDiv.

    Anne and Doug were married in May, 1981. In addition to ministry in Los Angeles, in Northern California and at ENC, they served the denomination’s Youth in Mission program in South Korea and Guam. Traveling is something they continue to enjoy. Their family includes three delightful and fascinating young adults: Alex lives in Boston, Lia in San Diego and Elena, a senior at Northwest Nazarene University.

  • Dean Blevins

    Discipleship Pastor

    Dean G. Blevins currently serves as Professor of Christian Education and Director of the Masters of Arts in Christian Education Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Prior to NTS, Dr. Blevins served eleven years at Trevecca Nazarene University as Professor of Christian Education. A graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary Dean received his Ph.D from the Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, CA) in 1999.

    An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Reverend Blevins serves as the United States/Canada Regional Education Coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene and consults in youth, children and family ministry, as well as guides clergy development in the US. Dean also serves as Board Chairman of YouthFront, a Kansas City based, national, youth ministry training organization.

    Dean has contributed to several books and published over 50 church related or scholarly. Dean co-wrote the text Discovering Discipleship: The Dynamics of Christian Education with Dr. Mark Maddix. Dean currently serves as senior editor of Didache: Faithful Teaching, an on-line academic journal dedicated to the exploration of faith, culture and higher education within the Church of the Nazarene and other Wesleyan institutions.

  • Roger Hahn

    Teaching Pastor

    Roger has served as a part-time Teaching Pastor at KC First Church since April, 1996. His full-time job is at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri where he is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of New Testament. He is also a frequent contributor to denominational publications, especially in the area of Adult Sunday School resources.

    Roger met and married his wife, Dorothy, while a student at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelors degree in Math Education and a Masters degree in Bible. He also earned the Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Duke University.  He has both the gifts and passion for teaching the Scriptures.

    Roger and Dorothy live in Spring Hill, Kansas, and have three sons: Jonathan, Matthew and Timothy.

  • Jared Corbin

    Young Adult Pastor

    Jared and his wife Abby came to KCFC in September of 2015. They had the privilege of supporting Audrey Landers, the previous Young Adult Pastor in her faithful ministry at KCFC. Since August of 2016, Jared has transitioned into the role of Young Adult Pastor as God leads Audrey to new ministry opportunities. 

    He graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 2015 with degrees in Religion and Biology. He and Abby are each currently pursuing their Masters of Divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jared works part-time in accounting at the Church of the Nazarene Foundation. Abby is a full-time cook at Heirloom Bakery & Hearth. She also prepares the weekly meals at KCFC and plays drums and guitar for the worship team.

    Jared enjoys reading, playing sports and video games, flying kites, yo-yoing, and doing most anything outdoors. Abby loves running. She also enjoys playing sports, baking, cooking, and playing music.

  • Jeff Byler

    College & Career Ministries

    Jeff and his lovely wife Nicole moved to Kansas City in the Fall of 2014 to pursue his M.Div at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Jeff is a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, class of 2013. He majored in Religion with a focus on Pastoral Ministries. He calls Savannah, GA home, and has lived all over south Georgia. Nicole is also a Trevecca grad in the class of 2013 with a degree in Social Work, and she too calls Georgia home. In September of 2016 Jeff accepted the invitation to begin serving as pastor to the College & Career age group at KCFC while also helping the church worship, fellowship, and do outreach through various sports ministries.

    In his free time you can expect Jeff to be playing or watching sports, being outside, hanging with Nicole, playing guitar, and hitting up yard sales on Saturday mornings. Nicole shares this love of yards sales, along with thrift stores, clearance aisles, and anywhere she can find a good deal. She enjoys reading, going for long walks, and being with family. Together they love travelling, kayaking, and finding adventures.

  • Roland Tedder

    Youth Pastor

    Roland came to us in June of 2012. He had previously served with the 365m Program at Nazarene Theological Seminary being sent to Nairobi, Kenya. Roland graduated from NTS in May of 2013, with the Master of Divinity degree and a certificate in Intercultural Studies. Prior to that, Roland served in 2011 as the College Ministries Intern here at KCFC. Roland graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 2009 with a BA in Christian Ministries and a minor in Missions.

    Roland originally hails from Johannesburg, South Africa, and is a dual citizen between South Africa and the U.S. He has lived in the countries of South Africa, Malawi, and Kenya, and the U.S. states of Nebraska, Idaho, Kansas and Missouri.

    Roland has a passion for youth and discipling them to be fully committed followers of Christ in their homes, our city, and world.

    Roland has been married to a beautiful woman named Ashley since December, 2013. Ashley is a social worker as well as a graduate of NTS. In his free time, Roland enjoys spending time with his wife, as well as watching rugby, playing ultimate frisbee and tennis, running, drinking coffee, hiking, camping, traveling, and gathering together with friends and family.

  • Margie SChwarz

    Children's Ministries Director

    Margie and her family began attending First Church in 2000. She joined the staff as the Elementary Ministries Director in the Spring of 2014.

    With a passion for children for as long as she can remember, Margie has worked with children professionally in both hospital and elementary school settings as a social worker. She has been blessed to stay home with her children for 14 years.

    She has enjoyed the privilege of joining the staff of her home church. She is also actively involved in orphan ministries and in her children's school. Margie and her husband, Bill, have three amazing children: Roman, Nicholas, and Carly.

    Margie has a degree in Psychology from Baker University and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas.

  • Phyllis Hunt

    Nursery Director

    Phyllis has been a familiar face in the children's area since coming to KCFC in December 1990. She has served as nursery director several times--most recently serving in this position for the last 3 years.

    Phyllis has been working with children for more than 40 years. When she's not with the children, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

  • Melinda Morgan

    Ministry Assistant

    Melinda and her family began attending First Church in 2003. She began working part-time in the church office during the summer of 2010. After her graduation from Olivet Nazarene University with a Bachelor's in Christian Education, she was hired as a full-time ministry assistant for KCFC.

    In her free time, Melinda enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Linda Wilkerson

    Financial Assistant

    Linda has been a part of KC First since 2000, and joined the staff in 2006. She currently serves as financial assistant, but has previously served as assistant to Pastor Estep and office manager. She left her full-time position in 2014 in order to be able to spend time with her grandson, Silas.

    Linda and her husband, Mike, have two grown children. Their daughter, Becky, and her husband, Chad, and their son, Silas, live in the KC area. Their son, Philip, and his wife, Terry, live in Tampa, Florida. I

  • Ron Howard

    Campus Manager

    Ron is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University. After further studies in photography and motion picture he moved to Kansas City in 1984 to begin employment with Media Services for the Church of the Nazarene Headquarters.

    When he arrived in Kansas City, friends from college invited him to KCFC. He quickly became involved in the life and ministries of the Church. He served on the Church Board, Buildings and Properties, Permanent Facilities and Technology Committees. Also serving as chairman of those committees.

    Ron met his wonderful wife Sharon (who grew up attending KCFC) in a Sunday School class they both attended. They were married in 1989 in the Sanctinasium where the church worshipped at the time. 

    Ron enjoys morning walks with Sharon and their puppy, Emme. In his spare time he can be found outdoors (especially the mountains of Idaho), spending time with friends and working on things around the house. He also continues to work in photography and video.