Program Staff

Katie Gilbert  Minister of Invitation

Katie Gilbert has been in full time ministry since coming on staff at First Church in May 2010, however, she has been working and serving in local church congregations for most of her life. Katie is married to Rev. Matt Lacey, Senior Pastor at Church of the Reconciler. They have one daughter, Harper, born in April 2015 and one crazy Boston Terrier named Lennon. As a graduate of Baylor University, Katie cheers exclusivey for the Baylor Bears. Sic ‘em! When she’s not working, Katie enjoys exercising, practicing yoga, gardening, and traveling the world! Her favorite vacation destination is anywhere she hasn’t been before—a few of her favorite vacations¬ so far have been to Tokyo, Japan, Rotorua, New Zealand, and Cape Town, South Africa. Her favorite part of First Church is that ALL are welcome and loved here.

Jonathan Goss Minister of Youth and Young Adults

Jonathan Goss has been in ministry for the last 14 years. He served in a number of different roles during his time at the University of Georgia as a part of the Wesley Foundation, Epworth by the Sea in St. Simons, Georgia, and as a part of the South Georgia Conference Leadership Team. He came on staff as youth director at First Church in 2006. Jonathan is married to Dr. Amy Goss who has a Ph.D. in Nutrition Science and condcuts research and teaches at the Universtiy of Alabama at Birmingham. They have a Goldendoodle named Teddy that they spoil rotten! When he is not at work Jonathan enjoys playing with his dog, discussing theology, watching college football and basketball, playing Frisbee golf, working out, playing Fantasty Football, and eating good food. His favorite college team is the University of Georiga Bulldogs. Jonathan enjoys vacationing at the beach. His favorite part of First Church is our ability and willingness to welcome ALL in a loving and warm manner.

Linda Thorne Minister of Children and Church Events

Linda has worked in Children’s Ministry and church-wide event planning for over 17 years, and has been a member of the First Church staff since 2004. She is married to Joseph Thorne and the two of them have three wonderful children. Linda enjoys reading, playing board games with family, and watching Alabama games with her football-crazy friends. She enjoyes being near a lake or beach to relax, recharge, and enjoy nature—Lake Martin and Port St. Joe, Florida are two of her favorite getaways. Her favorite part of First Church is the caring congregation and its unique diversity created by being a downtown church. She loves that the congregation joins us each week from locations all over the city, suburbs, and out of town communities. The varying backgrounds of our children and their families create a truly enriching environment for all.


An historic church in the heart of downtown Birmingham, First Church Birmingham is an open place for ALL to worship, grow, and serve. We are a diverse congregation made up of people from all over the Birmingham metro area and beyond.


                  You are welcome here!


First Church Birmingham

518 19th St North
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 254-3186


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