Welcome to Belleville First Church of the Nazarene website. Founded in 1955, we are located directly off Lebanon Ave in Belleville, Illinois. We’re a church of many expressions. We worship through scriptural readings, hymns, songs, and preaching from the Word.
At Belleville First you’ll be met with a warm greeting and find relevant ministries and quality worship services for all ages. For the past 60 years, BFCN has been a place where you and your family can feel welcome! We look forward to seeing you here!
Aaron Lynn – Lead Pastor
Aaron began his ministry here in May 2015. Before coming to Belleville First, he served churches in Arkansas, Florida, Kansas and Oklahoma. He is passionate about preaching God’s Word and helping people engage in the mission of God.
He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University (2002) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (2007). While at SNU he met the love of his life, Stephanie. They have been married for 13 years and have three handsome boys, Micah, Noah and Jonah.
Pastor Aaron was born and raised in Oklahoma. He is a huge Oklahoma Sooner and Chicago Cubs fan (don’t hold that against him). He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, drinking coffee, reading, sports, running and most recently cooking.
Follow Pastor Aaron on Twitter @AaronLynn1
Kyle Fellows – NextGen Pastor
Kyle has served Belleville First since the fall of 2012. He loves helping high school and junior high students connect with Christ. Kyle is also involved in church discipleship, worship ministries, and community outreach.
He is an alum of Olivet Nazarene University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Christian Education (2010) and a graduate degree in religion (2012). He and his wonderful wife Morgan, also an Olivet graduate, have been married for 4 years and are expecting their first child this spring.
Pastor Kyle is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He loves sports and follows the Michigan Wolverines and St. Louis Cardinals. He obsesses over the Green Bay Packers. Kyle also enjoys playing guitar, ping pong, movies, reading, good food, and doing just about anything with family and friends.
Follow Kyle on twitter @fellowskyle
Sonia Samayoa – Spanish Pastor
Sonia is originally from México City, México. She studied Theology at the Mexican Nazarene Seminary. She and her husband have planted five churches and served together to the Lord for 25 years in Mexico, California and Kentucky. They have two sons (Isaac and Said)
She enjoys listening music, movies, traveling, reading and write her blog “Kitchen fugitive.”
Brenda Jackson – Children’s Director
Brenda brings to BFCN a wealth of experience gathered in multiple church positions including Minister to Children at Third Baptist Church, St. Louis. She has taught Sunday School, directed VBS, and served as a regional trainer for children’s teachers.
Brenda’s professional training is as an elementary and special education teacher. She earned her degree at the University of Missouri—St. Louis. She taught in the St. Louis Public School System in the 1990s. Brenda is a co-founder of the Kigali International Community School, a 1-12 school that provides quality education for Rwandan children as well as missionary children in Kigali, Rwanda.
Brenda and her husband Dwight have served churches in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky. They have served as cross cultural missionaries in Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania. They directed a community development program in north St. Louis. They have six children and 10 grandchildren.
Rick Parks – Worship Leader
Rick graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1987 with a BS in business administration and earned his MBA from St. Louis University in 1992. He is a commercial banking executive with TheBANK of Edwardsville and has attended BFCN since January 1989. He has served BFCN in several capacities, including a board member, youth leader and treasurer and been a volunteer worship leader for the past 15+ years. Rick and Trisha have been married for 28 years and have three awesome children – Makenzie, Olivia and Reagan.
Rick grew up in Pittsfield, IL in a farming family and attended the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene. He enjoys Cardinals baseball, playing golf, hunting and other outdoors activities.
Karen Dissett – Campus Manager
Karen has been a member of BFCN since 1988; and blessed to serve as the church Administrative Assistant since the end of August. Karen has 21 years’ of experience in the corporate world and over 15 years as an Administrative Assistant. Karen is excited that God has called her to serve Him in the church.
Karen and her husband Mike have been married over 37 years. They have two grown children Matthew (Cindi) and Angela (Eric) and have been blessed us with nine beautiful grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys camping and relaxing. She also enjoys biking, golf, hiking, and most of all going to the beach. Her dog Barnabas is always ready to go camping.
Karen has a deep love for her family and a deeper love for the Lord. Her desire to do His will for her life. Karen is excited and blessed to be a part of the BFCN staff.