Elders and staff

Jimmy Thoma

Lead Pastor

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

I came to faith in college at a 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’s degree in business where I also played baseball. After receiving my bachelor’s 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.

Alan Hensley

Associate Pastor

E-Mail: alan@firstbaptistdurango.org

Facebook: Alan Hensley

I grew up in a small town in the San Luis Valley called Alamosa. By the age of three, my parents had decided to get a divorce and live in separate houses. By the next year, my mom had gotten remarried to my step-dad. My step-dad starting to bring us to church on Sundays. One of those Sundays, I remember the Gospel being proclaimed to me. I went home with my cousins and prayed for Jesus to enter into my heart at the age of 4. Unfortunately, my family and I soon fell away from the church. What gradually took its place were camping and lake trips on the weekends. By the grace of God, while all of this was taking place, I was a part of a summer youth camp in South Fork, Colorado. I would look forward to that camp every year because it was my only spiritual food. I loved it so much that I even became a camp counselor all the way up until my freshman year of college. During my freshman year, I was very much involved with the party scene. One fall night, I decided to walk home from a party. Up until this point, I had felt some conviction about my lifestyle but very much tried to suppress it. After I had finally made it home, the Lord’s conviction was the strongest it had ever been. As I prayed to the Lord, I asked him to reveal himself to me. Long story short I had a radical encounter with the Holy Spirit that night which set my life to obey and love Jesus.

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.

Finn Foster

Youth Minister

E-Mail: fbdyouth@fistbaptistdurango.org

I was born and raised in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (Flower Mound) until I graduated from high school in 2013. I moved to Eugene, Oregon to attend the University of Oregon. While in Oregon, I developed a genuine love for the Lord and began the journey of following Him. While I had been a Christian since my Junior year of high school, I feel that it wasn’t until college that the Lord opened my eyes to see Him and began drawing me closer to Him. In addition to this, it was in Oregon that I developed my love for the outdoors through backpacking, climbing, mountaineering, and other outdoor sports. After a couple of years at the University of Oregon, I felt God’s call to pursue my passions for education and the outdoors by attending Fort Lewis College. It was on my first day of school when I met my beautiful wife Shanelle. Shortly after arrival both God and Shanelle drew me into the active ministry work of First B by helping out with the Youth. In the Summer of 2016, I began leading trips with True Elevation. In 2018, Shanelle and I graduated from the Adventure Education Program, got married, and began working as the Directors of True Elevation. Currently, I am attending Western Seminary in pursuit of a Master’s of Divinity and loving every second of it. First B is our church home and we could not be more thankful for the path God has taken me and Shanelle on to get to where we are now.

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.

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).

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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