Lawrence First Church Staff
David Dunn | Worship Leader
David’s family moved to Lawrence in 1989 when his dad became the pastor to the amazing people at Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene.
About ten years later, David learned to play a handful of notes on the bass guitar and became a part of the worship team. He began developing a passion for worship. “For me,” David says, “worship is the external representation of an internal reverence for an awesome and loving God. I feel it is important for each person to experience this in a personal and comfortable way. Attempting to create an atmosphere where this can happen is what drives me.”
David loves working with the team to provide the best possible worship experience for everyone who walks through the doors!
David is married to Jennifer and they have one daughter, Ellie. When he’s not at the church preparing for Sunday or serving on the church board, you might find him listening to music from his vinyl collection, playing golf with Jen, chasing Ellie around the house, watching movies, attending concerts, drinking coffee or trying to find the best queso in Lawrence!
Robby Giffin | Lead Pastor
Pastor Robby has had the privilege of calling Lawrence First Church of the Nazarene home since June of 2003. More than 20 years later, God’s calling is still as fresh and real as it was then. After serving in an Associate Pastor role with teens and kids for over 14 years, he began serving as Lead Pastor in February 2018. As Lead Pastor Robby spends the majority of his time providing Spiritual guidance to individuals and families, investing in staff and ministry leaders as they lead various ministries of the church, and seeking/discerning the direction the Holy Spirit is leading God’s church.
Amy and Robby have been married for 24 years and have been blessed with 4 incredible kids. Samuel is a freshman in college, Lucy is a senior in high school, Eli is a freshman in high school, and their youngest, Thomas, went to be with Jesus unexpectedly in 2012 when he was almost 2. Robby and family continue to be blessed by the opportunity to live out God’s calling on their lives at Lawrence First Church.
Hilary Holmes | Children’s Pastor
Pastor Hilary and her family have been blessed to call Lawrence First Church home since 2019, after moving from Tennessee where she served as Children’s pastor for 6 years. After her family moved from Tennessee, she was waiting for God to open the door to ministry once more, and in February of 2023, the door was opened when she joined the LFC team as Children’s Pastor. Hilary spends her time leading our children in Kids’ Worship on Sundays, teaching our preteens on Wednesdays, and leading a great group of volunteers that love our children deeply. One of Pastor Hilary’s greatest joys is coming alongside our kiddos and families and helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus and others in the body of Christ.
Bryan and Hilary have been married for 20 years and have three children. Micah is 16, Jensen is 11, and Kaydence, who passed away before her first birthday. Through the life of Kaydence, Hilary saw how God can use the life of a child to have a major impact on our world. It was during this time that God laid the call to ministry on her heart. Hilary finds it an absolute privilege to live out the call God placed on her life at the church she loves so deeply.
Angel Perez | Multicultural Pastor
Pastor Angel has been serving LFC since the summer of 2022. He’s married to Brandy, and Hannah calls him dad. The Perez family moved to Eudora in the summer of 2023. Pastor Angel serves as LFC’s Multicultural Pastor. He leads our weekly service in Spanish is our church-wide endeavors to embrace our multicultural approach to ministry and connections with the community. Brandy is a part of the worship team for both English and Spanish services and loves being around the kids of LFC. Hannah likes playing soccer and is learning how to play piano. Pastor Angel is passionate about our families and youth at LFC. We are excited to see God’s work within our community as we strive to be a multilingual church in God’s Kingdom.
Kyle Tyler | Executive Pastor
Kyle joined the LFC staff in 2018, and has been a pastoring in various roles for over 17 years. He loves to create. Music, art, stories, graphics, recipes, sermons, media – he’s always looking for his next creative outlet. While his responsibilities have taken different shapes over time, each role always comes back to creating! You’ll find Kyle investing in people for the sake of spiritual guidance, planning sermon and teaching series, helping to guide our discipleship efforts, leading our college and young adult Life Group, and keeping our systems rolling and functioning well within the church.
Kyle has been married to Menda for 17 years. They have two daughters, Lucy (13) and Penny (10). He likes hanging with his family, playing and watching sports, playing and listening to music, visiting small towns, cities, mountains, and beaches, reading books, and deep-diving into practical theology. He really loves Jesus, his family, coffee, and Chipotle burritos.
Brie Winder | Office Manager
Brie Winder has been a part of Lawrence First Church for most of her life. As a child her family moved often but she always found her way back to LFC. Her own words: “There is just a strong sense of belonging and the feeling of home.”
She enjoys being the office manager at LFC and puts her heart and soul into every project. As the office manager, Brie supports the staff, board, and leadership teams as they guide our congregation. Brie loves coming into work every day and being a part of the great things God is doing at LFC.
Brie has been married to her husband Kurt for 16 years and they have two sons, Isaac and Greyson. She knows that LFC is the place God has called her to be.