On January 17, 2016, First Assembly elected Chris Cleveland as Lead Pastor of our church family. Pastor Chris and his wife, Amber, and daughter, Isabella, joined us in ministry starting February 7th.
Pastor Chris was born and raised in Albany, GA. He attended Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry. While traveling with the worship ministry of CBC, Heartsong, Pastor Chris met wife Amber in her hometown of Jerseyville, IL. Amber was already planning to attend CBC that fall. Amber graduated Central Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Counseling. The two were married May 3, 2008. Before graduating Central Bible College, Pastor Chris was on full-time staff at the college, as well as a youth pastor. At the recommendation of CBC’s President, Pastor Chris and Amber moved to become Associate pastors, and to later be elected as lead pastors at the same church. Isabella Ann was born on October 11, 2012, and she is a true miracle from the Lord with a wonderful personality! The Lord then transitioned the Clevelands to work at Northpoint Bible College in Haverhill, MA, where Pastor Chris is served as Director of Enrollment, and a part of the Board of Administration at the Assemblies of God endorsed College. Rev. Cleveland is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, and Amber is a licensed minister with the AG.
Pastor Chris says from his heart, “We have a heart for the local church, and the desire to see it growing and thriving as God intends. We have a heart for people, and love to spend time with all generations. We have a heart for the community, and a desire to reach all people with the love, hope, and Word of God.”
Pastor Chris and Amber find relaxation through family time, reading, golfing, camping, and fishing. They enjoy exploring new things, and spending as much quality time with Isabella as they can.