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Dr. Steve Estep

Senior Pastor

Dr. Steve Estep and his wife Michelle came to Marion 1st on June 4, 2017. Steve was born and raised in West Virginia. He attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene University where he and Michelle met. Pastor Steve is a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div) and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min). Prior to coming to MFCN he served as Sr. Pastor of Clarksville (TN) Grace and Harrisonville, MO Churches of the Nazarene. Pastor Steve has been an adjunct professor of preaching at Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) since 2006. Steve was elected as President of the NTS Alumni Association in 2014 and is on the Board of Trustees for Nazarene Theological Seminary. He is a member of the board of directors for Restoring the Warriors Heart, a non-profit ministry to military families.

Steve is a big fan of the 6-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. His hobbies include working out, fishing, hunting, riding motorcycles and jet-skis. He especially enjoys date nights with Michelle. Pastor Steve and Michelle have three kids - Brandon (23), Brooke (21) and Blake (19) and a boxer named Bo.

Steve deWeber

Associate Pastor

Pastor Steve deWeber and his wife Cindy grew up in southern California. They have three children, Adam who was formerly on staff at MFCN, but is now in Raleigh, NC, Eric who lives in Boca Raton, FL and Amy, now also living in Raleigh, NC. Pastor Steve is an alumnus of Point Loma Nazarene University and graduate of Bartlesville Wesleyan University. He has served in several areas of ministry in California, Oklahoma, Idaho and at MFCN 1990 – 2003. The deWebers have been back on our staff since January 2009. Steve enjoys reading, walking, swimming and playing with his grandkids.

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Johnny Edler

Executive Pastor

Pastor Johnny Edler is our "hometown boy", born and raised in Marion, OH and now serving as Executive Pastor. He has attended Marion First Church of the Nazarene his entire life and is now entering his thirteenth year in Ministry. It is a hard job containing all that energy of an Executive Pastor and spunky dad/ husband, but his wife Amy is doing her best after seventeen years of marriage. Johnny and Amy have two amazing daughters that share the heart of God serving within Children's Ministries. Brooke is 17, and Samantha is 14. Both girls help serve each and every week in ministry and all those times when dad says "hey girls", daddy needs ya- they are ready to assist and serve. Pastor Johnny is a ordained minister within the Church of the Nazarene. Johnny is all about a healthy lifestyle which includes consistent exercising, running, golf and disc golf. He is also enjoying more of the outdoors, fishing and hunting, with his daughter Brooke and his nephews. Pastor Johnny is the spunkiest of all our staff but we love his enthusiasm and willingness to answer God's call in all ministries within the church.

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Gregg Parkman

Outreach and Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Gregg Parkman and his wife Wendi are celebrating their tenth year in ministry and joined MFCN in 2014. Pastor Gregg has served as Associate Pastor at Xenia Nazarene and as lead Pastor of Riverside Nazarene, a satellite church of Xenia Nazarene. Gregg and Wendi are blessed with three beautiful daughters Savanna, Shelbi, and Selah. Gregg's passion is to reach the lost for Christ through preaching and innovative outreach. Gregg and Wendi enjoy actively participating with their daughters' activities and family adventures in their free time.

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Rob Utley

Part-Time Ministry Pastor

Rob and his wife Melody grew up in Marion Ohio and have been married for 17 years. Rob and Melody have 2 amazing and beautiful children, Madyson (16) and Austin (11). Pastor Rob has served for 4 years as associate/executive pastor at Marion Life Link and currently serves as an associate pastor here at MFCN since 2014. Pastor Rob and his family enjoy sports of all kinds. He enjoys playing softball, coaching his sons basketball and baseball teams and watching old movies. He is a huge Sherlock Holmes fan.

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