Derek & Kari Staaland
Derek and his wife Kari are the Marriage Directors of the City First Church Marriage Ministry. Derek & Kari have been involved at City First Church since 1983 and Derek has served on the City First Church Council since 2009. Their passion is to encourage, strengthen, and bring hope to marriages with principles found in God’s Word. Over the last 13 years they have mentored countless married couples through life groups, mentorship groups, and one-on-one premarital counseling. Derek and Kari have been married since 1999 and have three children, Regan (15), Lauren (13) and Caleb (10).
Marriage Ministry Directors // City First Church
Jeremy & Jen DeWeerdt
Senior Pastors // City First Church
Jeremy DeWeerdt and his wife Jen, serve as the Senior Pastors of City First Church. They accepted the Senior Pastor position in April of 2007, after having been on staff at City First Church for more than 16 years in the role of Student Ministries Pastor and Director/Founder of the post-high school ministry, Rockford Master’s Commission (currently named City First Leadership College).
Jeremy and Jen have been married since 1995 and have three sons, Caden, Connor & Paxton.