Elders and staff

Jimmy Thoma

Lead Pastor

E-Mail: Jimmy@firstbaptistdurango.org
Facebook: JimmyThoma
Twitter: @jimmythoma

I came to faith in college at large group bible study where I saw my sin and God’s grace in Christ for the first time. By God’s grace through faith I was forgiven of my sin and my identity was found in who Christ is and what He has done for me instead of what I had. Since that time he has done a mighty work in me heal me of sin and grow me in grace. I graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelors degree in business where I also played baseball. After receiving my bachelors degree, I attended Redeemer Seminary where I acquired a Master of Arts in Religion. My ministry experience includes time in youth ministry, missions, and church planting. Most recently, I was a pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, AR. There I was a Discipleship Pastor with oversight of our care and recovery ministries.

Linda Griffin


E-Mail: lindag@firstbaptistdurango.org

Alan & I have been married since 1979 and moved to Durango in 1987. We have two daughters and three teenage grandsons. I have been a member of the church since 1990 and the Secretary since July 2004. Missions are my passion and I was blessed to help lead youth on their first mission trips for many years. I have also been able to go on adult mission trips to Nicaragua three times. I love the ability I have to serve the staff and congregation.

Dave Johnson



My wife, Cathy, and I have attended First Baptist since 2010. We followed our grandchildren to Durango after 27 years in elementary education. God has greatly impacted my life through community and small groups. I look forward to seeing others “grow in Christ” as we participate in community together. We have three children and four grandchildren.

Ken Flint


E-Mail: info@firstbaptistdurango.org

I grew up in a non-Christian household out in California and became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1987 while attending San Diego State University. I moved to Durango in 1995 and married Abbey Hugins in Dec. of 1998. We have 2 sons, Marcus and Anthony. I’ve been a church member at 1st B since 1999 and have been actively involved in serving our church body and community. I currently work as an Account Representative at StoneAge Waterblast Tools. A key scripture that has guided my life is I Corinthians 10:31 “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

Brian Shaffer



God used a praying mom, a university campus ministry, and a myriad of people and circumstances to draw me to Himself. Some great iron-sharpening brothers in the faith and solid Bible teaching have been influential to help grow my faith and to begin to learn how to enjoy God. FBC has been my church home since shortly after my wife, Kathryn, and I arrived in Durango in 2002. We are blessed with children Aidan, Daniel, Taia, and Johanna. I’ve lived in several different places in the US, but Durango longer than anywhere else. I love the beauty and intentionality of how Christ’s body is comprised of very different parts working, suffering, and rejoicing together under God’s arrangement (1 Cor 12).

Devona Moore

Children Ministry Director 

E-Mail: Devona@firstbaptistdurango.org 

Devona was born in Durango, graduated from Durango High school in 1977 and married Douglas Moore that same year. At the age of 33, God in His great love, grace and mercy saved her from what she deserved and gave her what she did not deserve! Her greatest desire is that children would come to know the Lord as their Savior and become mature Disciples of Christ. God’s promise tells us that what He has called us to, He will equip you for. God has equipped and is equipping her for every good work.

Devona loves to paddle board, have water fights, take walks with her grandchildren, enjoy family and friends and to share the love of Christ with those around her. Devona has 5 children and 3 grandchildren.

Robert Gerst


E-Mail: robertgerst@durango.net

While I have not worked in ministry my whole life, ministry has always been a part of my life. Learning to serve at a young age showed me the importance of community and friends. When I became a Christ follower serving in the little ways didn’t change, but my focus did. We have been attending and serving within First Baptist Church for over the past 7 years and continue love and care for the Church body and the people of Durango. As Deacon first and now an Elder, I have had the opportunity to walk more intimately with our congregation and community. I know that God has called me to love Him, love others, and make disciples. I love serving at First Baptist Church and in our community here in Durango.

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