our Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Dr. Tom Lindberg

Lead Pastor

Tom Lindberg has served as our Lead Pastor  since 1994. As a preacher and teacher, he strongly believes that God's Word applies to everyday life. His messages are biblical, easy to understand, and practical. Tom likes to say, "Some pastors want to use people to build a great church. I want to use First Assembly to build great people."  
Tom Lindberg is an authentic man who loves Jesus, who cares for his wife and family, and is a faithful shepherd who encourages our ever growing family of faith. He earned his master's degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston and his doctoral degree from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta.

Bob Geabhart

Music and Creative Arts Pastor

Bob Geabhart loves anything creative. As our Worship and Music Pastor, he gives direction to our Sunday worship experiences each week. He believes that it is through our worship that we are able to pursue God’s presence. Bob also directs and produces many large, seasonal concerts throughout the year. He and his wife, Dianne, have two children and seven grandchildren.

Adam Steinbach

Student Ministries Pastor

Adam and his wife, Amond, have been involved in many types of ministries throughout their lives. After growing up as pastor’s children, they knew that God was calling them to continue to serve in church ministry with their three children—Israel, Camille and Charlie. As a family, they are excited to be used in changing the lives of students at First Assembly Memphis. God has placed a call on their lives to see students come to know the Lord and grow closer to Him. They are passionate about worshiping God, preaching the gospel and building lasting relationships with their students.

Wanda Talley

Women's Ministries Pastor

Wanda has been a part of First Assembly Memphis since childhood where she heard God’s call to be a missionary at age 11. She attended Union University and Memphis State,  and married Ramon Talley in 1978 where Ramon was already serving as the Youth Pastor. In 1982 Wanda and Ramon were appointed as AGWM missionaries serving in Medellin and Bogota  Colombia 🇨🇴 planting churches. In 1995, they moved to Quito,  Ecuador after Ramon was appointed Andean Area Director over ministries in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru. Wanda was an educational therapist (Discovery Program) at the Alliance Academy in Quito  for 7 years where their children attended school. During that time Wanda also served 14 years in Quito women’s prison, where she led the Alma Libre team winning the lost and making disciples where 32 nations were represented. She and her husband returned in 2015 after 33 years as missionaries to care for her aging mom. Ramon and Wanda have served the church in visitation and teaching to present day. Wanda is believing God for a strong and vibrant women’s ministry that impacts not only Memphis, the mid-south, but also the world.

Bryant McNatt

Middle School Ministries Pastor

Bryant McNatt joined the team in 2023. Having served in various ministry capacities throughout his life as a pastor's kid, he has been involved in full-time ministry since 2021, focusing on children's and youth ministries. Alongside his wife Savanna, Bryant is enthusiastic about serving our middle schoolers, guiding them toward fostering a close relationship with Jesus. They are deeply passionate about discipleship, worship, and building lasting relationships with our students.

Jason Waln

Families and Children's Ministries Pastor

Jason Waln began serving in ministry as a children’s pastor in 2012.  After graduating from Central Bible College that same year,  he was called into children’s ministry.  God opened his eyes to the amazing opportunity we have to plant the seed of faith into the hearts of kids. He has developed a passion for preaching and teaching fun, exciting and interactive bible lessons to help bring the Word of God to life in the eyes and the lives of our kids. Jason is so excited to be your children’s pastor and is committed to assisting kids and their families develop their faith and become fully devoted followers of Jesus! Jesus is the answer in our lives and it was Jesus who said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matt 19:14. Jason and his wife Christa have been married since 2010 and have a beautiful daughter, Annalise Grace. Ministering to kids and their families is their passion and if they haven’t yet, they can’t wait to meet yours.

Dr. Eddie Thompson

Adult Ministries Pastor

Eddie Thompson has over 39 years of ministry experience. He has served as a youth Pastor, College and Career Pastor and since 1996, he has served here at First Assembly as adult ministries Pastor and also the Men’s Ministry Pastor.
He has had the opportunity to do missions work in several countries including Iceland, Africa, Brazil, and Mexico. Eddie and Jeannie have been married since 2010 and have 6 grandkids that keep them busy.
Eddie holds a Bachelors Degree from Central Bible College, a Masters and Doctorate in Education from The University of Memphis.
Eddie’s theme verse is found in Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, One man sharpens another.”

David Cross

College and Singles Ministries Pastor

David Cross has over 30 years of experience in ministry. David is known as a man who loves God and people, and his passion to serve and minister to others is strong and contagious. He is a gifted speaker and teacher of the Bible who brings wit, experience, and truth to his ministry.  David and his wife, Robin, have 5 children—Marie, TJ, Christopher David, Jonah, and one granddaughter, Mia. One son, John David, who went to heaven in 2002 .

Bill Perez

Administrative Pastor

Bill joined the First Assembly Memphis staff in 2015 with over 25 years of administrative and leadership experience in the federal government. Bill and his wife, Eileen, have two children and four grandchildren. Bill’s desire is to serve God and people in a manner that would exemplify Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

First Assembly Staff

MAIN CHURCH NUMBER
(901) 843-8600

Dianne Geabhart
Administrative Assistant to Lead Pastor and Music & Creative Arts Pastor
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Diane O’Connor
Administrative Assistant to Adult Ministries Pastor and Recreation Director
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Becky Pollard
Administrative Assistant to Business Administrator and Youth Pastor
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Christa Waln
Administrative Assistant to Family Ministries Pastor/College and Career Pastor
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Janice Brady
Bookkeeper and Accounts Payable Assistant
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Lannie Abernathy
Director of Digital Media Ministry
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Sue Berry
Housekeeping Supervisor
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Mason Tubbs
Facilities Maintenance Supervisor
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Layne McDonald, Ph.D
Creative Pastor
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Judi Riggs
Recreation Director
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Cristen Hall
Nursery and Preschool Director
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Virginia Sanders
Senior Adult Fellowship Director
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(417) 848-5571