MEET THE FIRST U.P. STAFF
REV. DR. GREGORY GRAYBILL
Called to serve as pastor of FUPC Moline in February, 2014, Greg has a heart for the lost, he wants to see believers built up in their faith, and God glorified in all things.
In his preaching, Greg emphasizes the centrality of Jesus Christ, the authority of Scripture, and the historic Reformed faith. It is indeed Good News that all who repent and put their trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will inherit eternal life. Christ, through his death and resurrection, has brought us forgiveness of sins, reconciliation with God, victory over death and the devil, and a glorious fresh start. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead, and will come again. Life will never be the same.
Greg holds a D.Phil. and an M.St. in Theology from the University of Oxford. He has studied at Princeton Theological Seminary, and holds a B.A. from Whitworth College.
Ordained in 2004, Greg previously served the churches of Langeloth and Cross Creek in western Pennsylvania. He has taught New Testament at Westminster College and Waynesburg University. In 2012-13, Greg spent a year conducting research on the Reformation in Germany as a junior faculty Fulbright scholar. During this time he also served with the missions organization Global Scholars.
Greg is collaborator with Graham Tomlin on Philippians, Colossians in the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series, and is the author of The Honeycomb Scroll: Philipp Melanchthon at the Dawn of the Reformation (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015); and Evangelical Free Will: Philipp Melanchthon’s Doctrinal Journey on the Origins of Faith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
Ben grew up in Indianapolis, IN, where he was raised in church and accepted Christ one morning during his kindergarten class. As he grew up, he continued to learn about his relationship with God through attending church and youth group. During college at Texas Christian University, Ben was discipled by the college pastor and began to understand his faith more holistically. He was involved with Cru and several other campus ministries during college.
After college, Ben began teaching middle school math in Aledo, Texas. During his second year of teaching, Ben was worshipping at church when he without question experienced God’s call into ministry. That following summer, Ben returned to the church where he had grown up and became the Jr. High Youth Pastor at Southport Presbyterian Church, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ben served in that role from 2004-2013. Ben met his wife, Hannah, during this time and the two were married in July 2009. During the end of his time as the Jr. High Youth Pastor, Ben felt God’s leading to go to seminary. In the fall of 2013, Ben began attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Ben graduated from Gordon-Conwell in the fall of 2016, and, in January 2017, Ben was called to be the Associate Pastor of FUPC Moline. He is excited to serve FUPC and the community in Moline and the Quad Cities.
Ben is passionate about discipleship and helping the lost come to know Jesus Christ. His primary roles at FUPC are Small Groups and Outreach. Ben and his wife, Hannah, have 2 girls, Avi and Cora, ages 5 and 2. They enjoy spending time outside, hiking together, playing board games, being creative, and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Matt grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI. He was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as a young child. That faith in Christ became more real to him when he spent time in Honolulu and India when he was with YWAM (Youth with a Mission). It was during this time that he felt called into ministry.
After his time with YWAM, Matt attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. Matt has a B.A. in Biblical Studies. It was during his time at Moody that he began to have a bigger heart for youth ministry. Matt graduated in May of 2017 and in July of 2017 he was called to be the Youth Director of FUPC. Matt is excited to see how God is going to be working in the lives of the students and leaders that are involved in youth ministry.
In Matt’s free time he enjoys watching and playing sports. He is a big Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He also enjoys hanging out and watching shows on Netflix.
Tori has been a part of the staff at FUPC since February 2017. She grew up in the Quad Cities, and has a passion to reach the area children and families with the Gospel, so that they will know the love of Christ and want to serve Him!
Tori has a B.A. in Educational Ministries-Children’s Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. She has been deeply involved in children’s ministry for over 12 years, and has had two children’s ministry internships. She was also an Awana Missionary Appointee for 2 years and was a children’s ministry assistant. One of her favorite D.L. Moody quotes is “If I could relive my life I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!”
Tori enjoys craft projects, every moment she can have on the Mississippi River, and spending time with her family and friends.
Tori is excited to see how God works in the lives of the children and families at FUPC!
Anna grew up attending First United Presbyterian Church and has been the administrator since 2013. She has two bachelor degrees from Olivet Nazarene University in biology and art and digital media. Anna also serves as a volunteer in the youth ministry. In her free time she enjoys painting, photography, and gardening.