First Assembly of God


 Pastors J & Rita were installed as Pastors of PFA on January 1, 2012.  E. J. (Pastor J) Litherland and wife Rita are both native of southern Illinois.  They have been sweethearts since junior high, and have been married 44 years and parents of 3 grown children, and have 7 grandchildren.  Both are graduates in Education from Eastern Illinois University.  Being led by the Lord into full-time ministry, they gave up the operations of the family dairy farm and began ministry serving as teachers in Temple Christian Academy at Evangel Temple AG (now Oasis) in Princeton, IN.  They pastored 1st AG in Petersburg, IN, 1987-1994; and as Principal & Teachers at Covenant Christian Academy in Douglas, GA, 1994-1998.  They have been with 1st AG since March of 2000.  Pastor J is ordained and Rita is licensed with the Assemblies of God. Rita serves as the director of our MPact Girls Ministry and serves on our Worship Team playing the keyboard. 







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