Aaron Talbot

Hailing out of Canada, Pastor Aaron has been serving for nearly ten years, ministering in both a Canadian and American context as Senior Pastor. He has been involved in camp ministry, organized and lead retreats, spoken at various community events, and has presented the Gospel in high school classes. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Church of God Ministries and ran a Youth Group for four years. Since converting from Atheism to Christianity at 18, Pastor Aaron is inclined to evangelize and preach Biblically centered messages of faith, hope and love. He loves his wife Melisa and three children Riley, Khail and Fynnley.

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Janet Degraw

Janet was born and raised in California and grew up in a Christian home. She gave her heart to Christ as
a young girl. She married her late husband in 1974 and they had one daughter, Tracy. She enjoys the 7
grandchildren she has been blessed with. She joined the staff here at First Church in 2011, not long
after she and Randy DeGraw were married. She comes with a lifetime of experience in church service
and organization skills and is happy to be employed as well as involved in the ministry of First Church.


JEnnifer Petty

Jennifer has lived in Tulare most of her life. She gave her heart to Jesus when she was 18 years old at a
church wide camp out. She has been married to Mike for 19 years and they have one daughter,
Delaney. She has been involved in Christian education for 36 years.


Randy Degraw

Pastor Randy joined the staff as Minister of Music in 1998. After graduating with a degree in music from Azusa Pacific University in 1978, he served in church music ministry in Auburn, Tempe, AZ, and Visalia. He, and his late wife Patty, raised their five children Michael, Sarah, Rebekah, Matthew and Elizabeth in Visalia. He married Jan in 2009 and they enjoy sharing life together and spending it with family as often as possible. Randy’s full-time occupation has been with the Farmersville Unified School District for the past 30 years where he has served as teacher, principal and most recently as superintendent. Randy believes that worship is not an event that takes place on Sunday mornings, but is a lifestyle. “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (I Corinthians 10:31). “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:17).