Our Staff

 BOB GRUVER, LEAD PASTOR                                   

Pastor Bob grew up in a minister's home (20 years), served in the United States Air Force (20 years), and has led First Assembly since November 1997.

Motivated by the motto to "make things better...", he enjoys sports, good fellowship, and his grandchildren (Elaina, Ethan, Jennifer, Lauren, Michelle, Blakely and Asher). The grandpa bug has gotten hold of  him!

 EMAIL: bgruver@albemarlefirst.org




Pastor George & Janice grew up in Ottumwa, IA. Pastor George attended Central Bible College for a year and then transferred to North Central University from which he graduated.

They pastored 45 years at First Assembly of God in Iowa City, IA from 1960 to 2005.

After retirement, they moved to Albemarle, NC in February of 2006 and have been members of  Albemarle First Assembly of God since October of 2006 and are the leaders of the Senior Saints group. 

They enjoy good fellowship, table games, bicycling, and traveling. Also, high on the list are their children Dawn & James Gaines and grandaughter, Janna; and Curtis & Raquel Mullen and grandchildren, Julianne, Joshua, Kayla, Justin, and Mikkal.

EMAIL: jmullen@albemarlefirst.org


LILLY WILSON, CHILDREN'S PASTOR                          

Pastor Lilly is from Washburn Maine, a small town in northern Maine. She became a Christian at the age of 13. Her husband Danny (Bruce) is from Houston Texas. They met while working at the Indianapolis Teen Challenge and were married in 1982. They have been blessed with three sons, David, Jonathan, and Joseph whom all serve the Lord.

Pastor Lilly graduated from Faith School of Theology in 1980 with diplomas in Christian Education, Pastoral Studies, and Missionary Studies. She also graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1988 with a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner. 

Our family first came to First Assembly in 2001. Her areas of service since 2002 have been; Sunday School director, VBS director, Bell Choir director, JBQ coach, Preschool Wednesday nights and Preschool Children's Church teachers, and Nursing Home team leader and member.

 In 2012 she became First Assembly's Children's Pastor.

God's leading in and Pastor Lilly's heart for missions has taken her to Russia, Ecuador, Haiti and India.

EMAIL: lwilson@albemarlefirst.org


 STACY SANDERS, WORSHIP PASTOR                    

Stacy has been singing gospel music since he was a kid growing up in his hometown of Conway, SC.

He started playing the piano when he was 13 and was leading his first choir while he was still a teenager. Stacy studied music at Coastal Carolina University and has held staff positions as music director and worship pastor.

He has lead worship for conferences, crusades, rallies and youth camps, and traveled professionally in several national gospel groups. He has also garnered several awards in other creative fields, but his passion has always been the ministry of the local church. It is his desire to please the Lord and dedicate his talents to Christ as he ministers through music to the church.

With a true gift of song from the soul, he hopes to lead folks to Jesus and encourage the saints on their journey home.

EMAIL: ssanders@albemarlefirst.org


 SUPPORT STAFF                                                        

Derek Cullingford - Church Administrator





EMAIL: dcullingford@albemarlefirst.org


Kathy Sowards - Administrative Assistant





EMAIL: ksowards@albemarlefirst.org


Susan Helms - Secretary





EMAIL: shelms@albemarlefirst.org


Janice Mullen - Assistant Bookkeeper






EMAIL: jmullen@albemarlefirst.org