Pastors & Staff

Jason persinger

Lead Pastor

Jason Persinger has been married to the love of his life, Elizabeth, twenty years.  They have five wonderful children; one son and four daughters. Raised in a broken home that was full of heartbreak Jason found a new life through Jesus in the summer of 1997.  Since 2003 Jason has given his life to planting seeds of the gospel wherever the Lord has led. Jason has had the privilege of speaking at churches, conferences, camps and college campuses throughout the US.  In addition to pastoral ministry Jason has served as a high school teacher, coach and college professor.  He currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Peoria First Assembly of God and as Varsity Basketball Coach at Peoria Christian High School.  He was recognized by Illinois Basketball Coaches Associations (IBCA) in 2020 as one of the top coaches in Illinois. Jason holds an undergraduate degree and master’s degree in Special Education from Lee University where he also minored in Bible. He completed his ministerial studies from Global University and holds ministry credentials with the Assemblies of God.

Elizabeth persinger

Children's Pastor

Elizabeth has been with us for the last six years.  However, she has twenty years of ministry experience.  In addition to her role here she is a wife, mother of five and teaches Kindergarten at Peoria Christian. 

Patti Mintus

Worship Pastor

Patti has been with us for the last two years.  She has been leading worship for most of her life.  In addition to her role here she is a wife, mother of five and teaches Math at Peoria Christian.

trevor brown

Youth & Media Pastor

Trevor has been a part of Peoria First his entire life.  He and his wife, Dez, joined our staff in 2017.  In addition to overseeing Peoria First Youth, Trevor oversees the church media.