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Who We Are

Senior Pastor:
dennis Pastor Dennis was born in Hillsboro, OR on April 9, 1947, and raised in Northern California. He graduated from Gulf-Coast Bible College in 1980 with a degree in Christian Ministry/Counseling. He met his wife of 44 years in Modesto, CA. where her father Rev. Donald Smith was the pastor of North Modesto Church of God. Together they have two children; Jeanette Early born in 1970 and Darrin Early born in 1973. Their children have blessed them with six grandchildren. Dennis and Shari started full time ministry in Merced, CA at the First Church of God in 1974. They then went to Santa Cruz, CA. as Youth Pastors at the Capitola Community Church of God. In 1977 they went to Houston, TX to complete Dennis' college education at GBC. In 1980 they moved to El Cajon, CA to serve as Senior Pastor at the First Church of God. In 1988 they moved to Palmdale, CA to serve as Senior Pastor at the Palmdale Community Church of God. In 1991 they returned to San Diego County to assume the Senior Pastor position at the First Church of God in Chula Vista, CA. Today Dennis and Shari live in Wichita, KS where Dennis is the Senior Pastor at the Pawnee Avenue Church of God.

Daycare Director:
janet Janet was born in Wichita, KS on May 29, 1951.Her parents were part of a small group of families that came from First Church of God to start Pawnee Ave. Church of God in 1952 Janet graduated from Friends University in 1973 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, a minor in Early Childhood Education, and a minor in Psychology. She worked at SRS for 5 years in the financial aid department. She then transferred to the social service department where she was an early childhood consultant and worked licensing all the child care centers and preschools in Sedgwick County. She quit work to stay home with her children. In 1990, she became part of a group to start the Bethlehem Maternity Home, a home for pregnant teens. Bethlehem Maternity Home opened on Mother's Day of 1993. Janet served on the Board of Directors and was a volunteer and mentor at the Home In 1995, she became the Administrator of the Home and remained in that position until the Home closed on September 30, 2006. Janet worked at Corinthian Child Care Center through high school and college In the 1980's, she started the infant & toddler rooms at CCC. In 2003, she became the Director.

Janet has been married to her husband Dean for 30 years. They have four children, Shelly, Heather, Jeff, & Mandy. They have one grandchild, Kaitlyn. Dean is retired from Spirit Aerosystems. Previously, he was employed at Boeing for 28 years. Both Dean and Janet are very active in the Church.