REV. KENT KING-NOBLES
At Normal First, Pastor Kent shares the good news that God loves everyone,has fun, enters into deep conversations about the meaning of life and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ through the different circumstances that come up today,plays volleyball, cries with people who are crying and laughs with people who are laughing,serves the poor and works for justice, celebrates the enthusiasm of children, learns from his elders.When not staying busy at the church, you might catch Pastor Kent watching his kids play soccer,going on walks with his wife and his dog, hiking, biking, traveling, or reading. He is guided by Matthew 6:33 "Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all the rest will be given to you as well" and is very passionate about overcoming hate and injustice with love.
REV. KATHY KING-NOBLES
At Normal First, Pastor Kathy enjoys being a part of the faith journey with people of all ages. From worship to small groups, to conversations around a meal or building at the Habitat house, Pastor Kathy enjoys the opportunity to hear people’s stories and support them on their life journeys. Kathy enjoys the "noise" of the church when the college students are around or the children are laughing or people of all ages are sharing life together. Her favorite Bible verse, especially when sung ("Great Is Thy Faithfulness") is from Lamentations 3:23. "Morning by morning new mercies I see". Every day is a gift given to us by God. Kathy enjoys long walks with her husband Kent, watching their children play soccer, keeping in touch with their foreign exchange students, and playing card/boards games. And always when there’s an opportunity to travel, it’s a great day.
REV. KIM BURKE
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES
At Normal First, Kim gets the privilege of hanging out with amazing young and their families! Our youth ministry serves others locally and far away, helps lead worship, participates in Bible study, and has a great time hanging out together. Kim also teaches classes, provides pastoral care, and sometimes you’ll even catch her in worship preaching! Her favorite Bible verse is Micah 6:8 "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk
humbly with your God?" She’s most passionate about all people knowing there is nothing they can do to make God love them more, and nothing they can do (or has been done to them) can make God love them less. She’s also passionate about helping people realize their connection to the Holy and that we are all just walking each other Home. Kim is also passionate about social justice and continuing to draw our circle wider!
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
A classical guitarist, choral conductor, and music minister from São Paulo, Brazil, Nander Novaes is internationally noted for his engaging and virtuosic skills as a music performer. He was formally introduced to the paths of music under the tutelage of his parents, both Methodist music ministers. He first occupied a position as a Director of Music Ministries at the age of eighteen, which led him to represent Brazil as music director at the Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches in Latin American and the Caribbean. Nander pursued a Performer Diploma and a Master of Music degrees from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the areas of sacred music, early music voice, and guitar performance. He graduated with honors from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Music Ministry degree and became a member of the Theta Alpha Kappa National Honors Society for Religious Studies and Theology. Currently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. He lives in Bloomington, IL, with the love of his live, his wife Ana Claudia.
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY MINISTRIES
At Normal First, Jill is the Director of Christian & Family Ministries. Her favorite bible verse is 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." She’s passionate about high quality, safe, loving environments for kids. A perfect day for Jill would be coffee, naps, nature, kids, repeat.
Molly is the Office Manager at Normal First. Molly grew up as a member of the congregation and loves the community of Normal First. She has her bachelor’s and master’s in social work and loves contributing to Normal First as an administrator. When she’s not working, Molly enjoys reading, working out, and scrolling on TikTok when she should be cleaning.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE COORDINATOR
Scott and I have been members of Normal First for close to 20 years. Along with being a staff member at church, I also work at Olympia North Elementary School as an aide. The thing I enjoy most is spending time with my husband and boys. During the colder months I love to watch my younger 2 boys play hockey, and during baseball season you will see me rooting for the Cubs. When the weather is nice I enjoy walking my dog and camping/hiking with my husband. I am looking forward to getting to know our church members better and to meeting the new faces that will walk through our church doors.