Pastor Phil Edwards is a genuine southerner: born in Mississippi, attended grade school in Alabama, high school in Georgia, and college in Florida. At age 15, his cousin led him to Christ during a dark, confused time in his life. At 17, he answered the call to vocational ministry. His years at Southeastern University earned him a Bachelors Degree in Christian Ministry and a wonderful wife! As an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, he serves as Lead Pastor of First Assembly since 1984, and as Assistant District Superintendent of the West Florida District of the Assemblies of God since 2005. Besides spending time with their two daughters, and sons-in-law, they especially enjoy their three perfect grand-daughters (for proof, just see our Facebook photos, or ask us!).
Pastor Brandon McGowinYouth Pastor
Pastor Brandon is married to Kristina and they have 3 kids: Braydon (11), Olivia (5), and Jett (22months). Pastor Brandon is an avid Alabama fan and loves all things sports. Kristina is a stay-at-home mom who also loves photography and participating in the life of the Student Ministry.
Both Pastor Brandon and Kristina are originally from Mississippi. At the age of 13, Pastor Brandon was called into ministry. He has been a Youth Pastor for the last 10 years. They have a desire to reach the students of Bay County, both inside and outside the church walls!
Pastor Steven Benavides IIIWorship Pastor
Pastor Rachel ChimaPC Kids Pastor
Rachel Juanita Chima is ordained through the International Assemblies of God. She is also certified through the National Association of Christian Counselors. She is a third generation Minister and has been in full time ministry for over 25 years. Her passion is for the lost, broken and disconnected from community. Pastor Rachel is the parent of four children. Amala 18, CeeJay-16, Lillie-14 and Joseph 13, Her children are the joy of her life.
Pastor Carol Holmes
Pastor Carol Holmes was born in Buffalo, N.Y and raised in Wewahitchka, Fl, but she has lived in Panama City for 26 years. She graduated from SUM in 2015 with a Bachelor degree in Youth Ministries. Carol has one daughter. Pastor Carol is a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God since 2016. She has been working with children since 1988, and has worked in children’s ministry at this church since 2008. Carol loves cats, sports, and swimming.
Mickey ChambersOffice Administrator
Mickey Chambers was born and raised in Jackson, MS. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1984 with a Masters Degree in Social Science and minor in Criminology. He retired from the Florida Department of Corrections in May 2015 after 43.5 years in corrections management.
He has been married to Rita Chambers for 40 years, has two children Courtney and Jared and three grand children Emily, Andrew and Audrey!!! He has been involved in jail ministry/Living Free and Bridges Of Hope for over two years. He enjoys all forms car racing having lived in Daytona Beach for eight years.
Vivian EdwardsWomen's Ministry Director
Vivian Edwards is a graduate of Southeastern University. She has a passion and love for women of all ages and stages of life. She currently is Coordinator of Women of Worth ministries at First Assembly. She works in many other ministries of the church also.
She and her husband of 39 years, Pastor Phil, have been pastors of First Assembly for 35 years. They have 2 daughters, 2 sons-in-love and 3 granddaughters.
Courtney HartzerNursery Director
Pastor Wayne JohnsonAssociate Pastor - Finance/Information Technology
Pastor Wayne Johnson has lived most of his life in Panama City. Born in Canton, Ohio, he has also lived in Arizona, Alabama, and Louisiana. An ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, Wayne also owns and manages a software development company. He has served at First Assembly since 1992 as a deacon, teacher, and the last nine years as an assistant pastor. He and his wife Irene have three children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.