Elders & Staff

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Dave Johnson


E-Mail: info@firstbaptistdurango.org

My wife, Cathy, and I have attended First Baptist since 2010. We followed our grandchildren to Durango after 27 years in elementary education. God has greatly impacted my life through community and small groups. I look forward to seeing others "grow in Christ" as we participate in community together. We have three children and four grandchildren.

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Ken Flint


E-Mail: info@firstbaptistdurango.org

I grew up in a non-Christian household out in California and became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1987 while attending San Diego State University. I moved to Durango in 1995 and married Abbey Hugins in Dec. of 1998. We have 2 sons, Marcus and Anthony. I’ve been a church member at 1st B since 1999 and have been actively involved in serving our church body and community. I currently work as an Account Representative at StoneAge Waterblast Tools. A key scripture that has guided my life is I Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

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Brian Shaffer


E-Mail: info@firstbaptistdurango.org

God used a praying mom, a university campus ministry, and a myriad of people and circumstances to draw me to Himself. Some great iron-sharpening brothers in the faith and solid Bible teaching have been influential to help grow my faith and to begin to learn how to enjoy God. FBC has been my church home since shortly after my wife, Kathryn, and I arrived in Durango in 2002. We are blessed with children Aidan, Daniel, Taia, and Johanna. I've lived in several different places in the US, but Durango longer than anywhere else. I love the beauty and intentionality of how Christ's body is comprised of very different parts working, suffering, and rejoicing together under God's arrangement (1 Cor 12).

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Jimmy Thoma

Associate Pastor

E-Mail: Jimmy@firstbaptistdurango.org
Facebook: JimmyThoma
Twitter: @jimmythoma

I came to faith in college at large group bible study where I saw my sin and God's grace in Christ for the first time. By God’s grace through faith I was forgiven of my sin and my identity was found in who Christ is and what He has done for me instead of what i had. Since that time he has done a mighty work in me heal me of sin and grow me in grace. I graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelors degree in business where I also played baseball. After receiving my bachelors degree, I attended Redeemer Seminary where I acquired a Master of Arts in Religion. My ministry experience includes time in youth ministry, missions, and church planting. Most recently, I was a pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, AR. There I was a Discipleship Pastor with oversight of our care and recovery ministries.

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Preston Pitcher

Student Ministries Pastor

E-Mail: Preston@firstbaptistdurango.org

Preston grew up in Durango attending the youth group here at FBC. He graduated from DHS in 2000 and spent two years ministering to other youth groups and orphans through Youth With A Mission in places like Hawaii, Los Angeles and the Philippines. He served on other missions trips as Youth Ministry Leader in Guatemala, Peru and Mexico before graduation from Fort Lewis College in 2006. He has been involved in local youth groups since 2002, and has been involved in YoungLife as well. He loves being a part of the lives of the youth and doesn’t plan on “growing up” any time soon.

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Devona Moore

Children's Ministry Director

E-Mail: Devona@firstbaptistdurango.org

Devona was born in Durango, graduated from Durango High school in 1977 and married Douglas Moore that same year.   Many people dream of careers, cars, homes and travel but she grew up knowing her greatest desire was children and family.   At the age of 33, God in His great love and mercy saved her from what she deserved and gave her what she did not deserve… Her heart is to use each moment given for the glory of God and to make His Name great.  Her greatest desire is that children would come to know the Lord as their Savior and become mature Disciples of Christ.   God’s promise is what He has called you to He will equip you for.  God has equipped and is equipping her for every good work.  

Devona loves to paddle board, have water fights, take walks with her grandchildren, enjoy family and friends and to share the love of Christ with those around her.   Devona has 5 children and 3 grandchildren. 

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Linda Griffin


E-Mail: lindag@firstbaptistdurango.org

I have have been the Secretary at FBC since July 2004. I have been married to Alan for 31 years and have two daughters, Maria and Emily, and three young grandsons. I have had the opportunity to take our youth on their first mission trips through the years and recently had the opportunity to take an adult mission trip to Nicaragua. My passion is serving God through my work at the church and participating in mission trips whenever possible.

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Robert Gerst