About First Assembly
We are a community of Christ followers
to unreached people with the Gospel of Jesus
Biblical promise and hope to the next generation
the Good News of God's Word wherever we are
the family of God with Biblical truth and
followers of Christ with presence-based
training for ministry to the world.
Presence of God
Health and Wholeness
Meet the Church staff
Pastor Travis, his wife, Heidi, and their 3 children moved to Kentucky in 2010. They served First Assembly as the youth pastor and music pastor for 7 years before becoming the senior pastor in 2017. Pastor Travis is a graduate of North Central University in Minneapolis and is currently working on his master's degree in theology from Global University. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.
Pastor Patsy Dennis is our children's pastor and has over 55 years experience in children's ministry. She is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and she also serves as the KY Assemblies of God District children's director. She has been married to her husband, Larry, for over 50 years. They raised 3 children, and have 3 grandchildren. Patsy was presented the Legacy Award at the National Children's Conference as well as the National Award for Excellence in children's ministry. She is deserving of every award she receives but the kids at First Assembly just know and love her as Miss Patsy!
Pastor Heidi Hewuse graduated from North Central University in 2000 with a degree in church music. She serves First Assembly as the part-time music pastor and leads worship in the main service on Sunday. In addition, she is responsible for both church and school websites and other media production. One of her passions is helping to
train young musicians for worship leading and prepare them for participation in worship teams. Heidi is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.
Pastor Jeremy Draper is a graduate from Central Bible College as a Youth Ministries Major. Since then he has served as a youth pastor at several churches and also works as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer for a local TV station. His wife, Lauren, is currently a stay at home mom for their 3 kids but she also is a major component of the youth ministry at Lexington First. She graduated from Evangel University with a bachelors in Social Work and Organizational Leadership. Lauren has worked for the state with families of abuse and neglect as well as non-profits practicing in home therapy.
Chriss Rooney is the principal of our school, Summit Christian Academy. Summit serves preschool ages 2-4 and
grades K-12. Chriss, her husband Brian, and their two kids, moved to Lexington from Florida. After teaching a few years at Summit, Chriss took the position of principal. She is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and is finishing her master's degree in practical theology. If you would like more info on our school please visit
Audio Production Manager
Joel Nelson serves First Assembly as the audio production manager He is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he earned a bachelor's degree in music industry with an emphasis in the recording arts. Joel grew up at First Assembly and we are blessed to have his talent and expertise in our media and communications departments. Joel is an excellent musician and does much of the arranging and band leading for our worship teams. He also does a lot of sound engineering and recordings for us when he is not doing local contract work.
Rachel Osborne came on board in 2020 as our school and church preschool director. Rachel has worked as a children's pastor in various churches for 7 years. She has worked with Girls Ministries, JBQ and church wide children events. She has also worked in the Louisville public school system
for several years. She is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and currently serves as the KY Assemblies of God Fun Arts Director. She and her husband, Scott, have two adult sons. We are excited to have Rachel join our team!
Andy Huggins serves both our church and our school as the business manager. He came to us with over 47 years of financial experience. He received his bachelors degree in accounting from the University of Kentucky. He and his wife, Kathy, live in Lexington and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and a dog named Clea.
Ron Preston and his wife, Martha, have faithfully served the church for years in various forms of ministry. He is a retired electrician who is currently responsible for the school and church facilities as the building manager. We are grateful for his extensive knowledge and ability to keep everything in good working order. He and his wife, have raised 3 children, have 6 grandchildren, and now 3 great-grandchildren.