Our team

With all we are...loving God and loving people through Christ! 

Our staff

PASTOR RAY MCDANIEL

RAY IS OUR LEAD PASTOR

Tanya and I have been married for over twenty five years! We have been blessed to be able to serve the Lord as our primary endeavor for the last twelve. Seven of those years in Latin America (Northeastern Mexico for 6 years and Central Costa Rica for a year). We served as construction missionaries and then Directors over the only school for the deaf in our area. Our Daughter, Paschall Grace, was born in Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and lived her first full year there. We encouraged and trained the staff, then handed off all leadership responsibilities to national Mexican Christians before returning to the Southeastern US for seminary at Columbia International University. During each of the summer breaks from Graduate School we drove to Jackson to minister (bi-vocationally) in this beautiful valley. What an amazing blessing to be here full time. We are humbled by God's amazing love and unbelievably perfect timing. What a God we serve, what a Savior!

Pastor Karl & Krista Klemmer

Karl is our Associate Pastor and Worship Leader

Karl:

Hey everyone! My name is Karl Klemmer and I love Jesus! 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that, “God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” That wonderful news is why I love Jesus, my family, and everyone else! God has blessed me with my best friend and wife, Krista, and our three kids Rachel, Aidan, and Addie. I love to spend time with my family, my friends, and being outdoors! 


Krista: 

My wonderful husband Karl and I have been married since 2002, and we have three fun and active children: Rachel, Aidan and Addie. When I get a few minutes to myself, I enjoy running, swimming and reading. 

Michael Demetris

Youth Director

I moved to Jackson in 2011 and have been having a blast ever since. I am married to Jayanthi. We are here to pour Truth into the youth of this Valley. In our free time we enjoy evening walks around town, hiking, rock climbing, soccer, and watching documentaries with friends. Take a look at Jeremiah 29:13. God is knowable. Lets seek him out.

Blake MOrley

Tech guy

Hello, Friends! My name is Blake Morley. I like to wear white pants, and I love Jesus!

I was born and grew here in Jackson; and came to know Jesus right here at First B! And through my friends here at First B, you and above all Jesus (Matthew 11:29); I live each day striving to live for, love and trust in God. My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5&6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." 

BAiley Larson

our childcare Coordinator

Hey y'all! I have been in Jackson since 2010 but grew up in the hills of East Tennessee. I first met Christ at a Young Life college meeting at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. After serving the local high school as a volunteer leader and graduating from UT I made my way out west to work on a dude ranch during the sweltering southern summers. After a few years of going back and forth, I decided to stay in Jackson permanently and that is where I met my fiance, Blake, the assistant IT guy! I spend my days teaching preschool and leading Jackson Hole High School's Young Life club. I am grateful to be able to serve our community in the nursery and I look forward to meeting you and your families at First B! My favorite verse is "Walk by faith and not by sight." 2 Corinthians 5:7

Diane Gieck

our Office Manager

Hello! I absolutely love my “job”—I love the opportunity to serve God and others from the church office. My husband, Gary, and I have lived in Jackson and have been a part of the church since 1979. We raised our three fantastic kids here; Christi, Josh and Joey. Plus, we have 4 grandkids who call us “Nana” and “Papa”. I began working at First B in 2003. Gary and I consider it a privilege and a joy to worship, learn and serve alongside those here at the church as we share the very good news of Christ in this community!

Nick Staron

our Assistant Office Manager and Webmaster

Hello there! My name is Nick Staron. I have been attending First B since 2008 and just started as the Assistant Office Manager in December 2016. My passion is for connecting people together and witnessing to folks out there in the world. My background is primarily in videography/photography. I own Jackson Adventure Video LLC (a small photo and video business), produced two feature length films and spent 6 seasons working with the Cleveland Indians Baseball team as a scoreboard camera operator. Come by and say hello!