Our Staff

Jeffrey Borgwardt


Pastor Jeff Borgwardt has served at First Lutheran since November 2009.  He is responsible for the spiritual leadership of the congregation and oversight of the church staff.  His areas of passion are preaching, adult discipleship, and community service.

Prior to his arrival in Longview, Pastor Jeff served congregations in Illinois and Iowa.  He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and hosting parties. His favorite hymn is Beautiful Savior.

Email: pastor@firstlutheran.us
Phone: (903) 295-7423  ext. 11

John Parsons

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

John started his ministry here at First Lutheran March 2020.  As DYFM, John is responsible for our Wednesday night programing, The Success Center, Sunday morning children's church and more. John’s passion for youth and family ministry is evident in everything he does. In his spare time John can be found covered in sawdust while woodworking.

Email: youth@firstlutheran.us
Phone: (903) 295-7423  ext. 12

Donna Ashby

Director of Music Ministries 

Donna started her ministry here at First Lutheran June of 2022. She is responsible for leading our Adult Choir and Handbell Choir.

Email: music@firstlutheran.us
Phone: (903) 295-7423  ext: 22

Tina Sewell

Church Secretary

Tina Sewell has served at First Lutheran since November of 2008.  As the secretary, she coordinates all office activities and manages the weekly bulletin, monthly newsletter, and "official" calendar. If you have a question about an activity or event, she is the person in the know!

Growing up with a minister father and marrying the son of another minister, Tina is a self-proclaimed church nerd. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 6:26, "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Tina enjoys spending time with family and traveling.

Email: churchsecretary@firstlutheran.us
Phone: (903) 295-7423  ext: 10