FIRST CHURCH LEADERSHIP
First Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will, which we believe is the purpose of Butler First Church: Love God, Love People, Make Followers of Jesus.
Hey friends! I am David Janz, Senior Pastor of First Church. I am finishing my second year on staff, and I am blessed beyond measure to work and journey with this amazing group of staff and leaders. My primary responsibilities here connect with the "Love God" part of our purpose: worship life, preaching, and teaching God's word. I am also responsible for leading our staff, and giving general leadership and oversight to all of our life together. My wife Betsy and I have two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. Our two dogs and a cat allow us to share space with them in a house on Elizabeth Drive here in Butler. I love fishing and gardening and wilderness - places where God reveals His presence in deep ways.
Hi all! I am Hannah Loughman, and have been an Associate Pastor at Butler First Church since July 1, 2018. Among other responsibilities, I largely care for our Discipleship Pathway (small groups) and partner with other leaders for our Seeds of Hope program. I have a kind, spunky and inquisitive 4 year old daughter, a compassionate and caring 12 year old step-son and an amazing husband named Todd who partners with me on this crazy journey. We also have one on the way. They say not to outnumber yourselves but we like a good challenge! We are passionate about caring for our community, traveling as a family and seeing the absolute beauty of God’s creation in the great outdoors.
Admin. Asst./Financial Secretary
Hi everyone! My name is Brenda Monfre, and I have worked for First Church for 7 years. Throughout the years my positions here have changed, but being the Administrative Assistant to Pastor David is my main focus at this time. My husband, Tony, and I have been married for 36 years. We have two children and a 4 year-old granddaughter whom I get to spend the day with every Monday. We have two pugs and a grand doggy pug so we have a grumble that we enjoy. Tony and I enjoy walking outdoors, going to parks and seeing all the beauty that God has created.
Director of Communications
Hello! I am Cindy Ford, and have been a staff member of Butler First Church for the past 14 years. In those years, my responsibilities have been items such as the bulletin, website, enews and other graphic design needs. My degree is in Graphic Design. All three of my babies, two girls and a boy, are grown and have left the nest. Two of them are local, and the third is in South Carolina. Home is in Parker, a stone's throw from the Allegheny River, and we love being outdoors and fill what spare time we have with biking and kayaking. Photography and baking are also passions that are dear to my heart.
Director of Music, Downtown Campus
For over fifty years I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity of using my musical gifts in one form or another in churches around Butler County, and equally blessed to have been here at First Church for almost eight years. I was a piano performance major in the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin, and also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oberlin College. Before joining the staff of First Church, I was employed in the financial services field for just over 20 years.
God's Country Worship Leader and Care Coordinator
Howdy! I am Von McCommons, and I have been a staff member of Butler First Church for the past 8 years as Worship leader/Coordinator for our God’s Country service. Little did my wife Lynda and I know, after many years in the music industry, traveling all over the country, writing and recording songs, opening concerts for headliners and seeking to gain fame and fortune, that God had a much different and greater plan for our lives. Besides our family of 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren, we have no greater joy or blessing than leading people into true and honest worship of our Lord Jesus with the most amazing, talented and faithful group of musicians that we could have imagined, We are blessed!
Crossfire Worship Leader/First Church Social Media Director
Hi everyone! My name is Sophie Lockhart. I joined the First Church staff after graduating from Lee University with a Bachelor of Music in Music and Worship degree in May 2018. Currently, I hold the positions of Crossfire Worship Leader, First Church Social Media Director, and Worship Leader for our Fusion Student Ministry. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio (go Bucks!), my home is now an apartment just down the street from Crossfire, and my “son” is a fluffy, spunky, weirdly photogenic black cat named Stereo. Every morning before I leave for work I look him directly in the eyes and say, “I do this for you, you know.” (He doesn’t get it, but it’s the thought that counts.) Some of my other passions include songwriting, recording and releasing music, playing saxophone, and gigging in local restaurants and coffee shops. Additionally, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, watching movies, and going to concerts.
Director of Youth Ministry
Hey everyone, I am Alex Evanoff, Youth Director for our church. My wife Sara and I are extremely blessed with our two kids, Luca and Mila. Having always lived in Western PA, we enjoy living in this area and being a part of this community. I consider myself a lifelong wrestler, competing and coaching in the sport for over 20 years and currently help coach the varsity team at Butler High School. Some of my favorite things to do include making memories with my family, working out in different ways, playing disc golf, and spending time in the outdoors - especially at Moraine State Park. I firmly believe that we have all been created by God for a great purpose and that our faith is a never-ending journey. Enjoy the ride!
Director of Children's Ministry
Hey there! I'm Caroline Coulter, Children's Director for Butler First since April, 2019. I oversee ministries from birth-6th grade including Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Roots, and special seasonal events. I was born and raised in Grove City, PA where I recently graduated from Grove City College with a degree in Marketing Management. My love for Children's Ministry was cultivated during my time working at Seneca Hills Bible Camp and has continued to grow during my time here. Outside of First Church I spend my time doing yoga, knitting, cooking, hiking, gardening and planning my upcoming wedding! I like to stay busy, but always find time to spend with loved ones and in scripture. My favorite book of bible right now is Hosea!