Meet The Staff

Blake Trent

Blake Trent

Lead Pastor

About Blake
Blake has a passion for planning excellent worship and for developing exciting new ways to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
He is originally from Dahlonega, GA, and a graduate of the University of Georgia. After completing his undergraduate degree, Blake served as the youth minister at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Athens and later served as the Senior High Youth Director at LaGrange First United Methodist Church. He received his Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary at The Interdenominational Theological Center in 2015 and was appointed to LaGrange First United Methodist Church as their Associate Minister.
In 2016, Blake married the love of his life, Katie Westbrook Trent. Currently, Blake and Katie live with their Boykin Spaniel, Dolly Parton, and their two fish, Bob, and Marley. Blake loves spending time with his wife, family, and friends.
Taylor Swindle

Taylor Swindle

Director of Children’s Ministries

About Taylor
Connie Moss

Connie Moss

Director of Music Ministries

About Connie
More about Connie coming soon…
Cody Gentry

Cody Gentry

Director of Student Ministries

About Cody

Cody was born and raised in Villa Rica. He is married to Makenzy and they have to two boys Bryntly and Lincoln. They also have four dogs (Hank, Tank, Scrappy and Lilo). Cody has deep roots as a United Methodist and first began serving in youth ministry in 2016. He looks forward to growing along side the youth program here at Dallas First for many years to come.

Brittney Billy

Brittney Billy

Office Administrator

About Brittney
Brittney grew up in Dallas, Georgia where she graduated from Hiram High School.  She is married to Mitchell, and they have one daughter together, Bristol.
In her free time, she enjoys attending church, volunteering, spending time with friends and family, going to the beach, and baking.
Kristie Keown

Kristie Keown

Children's Learning Center Director

About Kristie
Kristie attended Kennesaw State University where she graduated in 1998.  She has been married to her husband for 23 years and has two daughters.
She began working at the Children’s Learning Center in 1999 and became the director in 2005.  The Children’s Learning Center has grown from a 2-day a week Parent’s Day Out to a 5-day a week preschool.
Debaree Pereira

Debaree Pereira

Contributions Manager

About Debaree
Debaree is married to Steve. She has 2 children and one grandchild. She has worked for Dallas First for over 14 years.
She graduated in 2020 with a business degree from Southern New Hampshire University. She loves the Lord and loves the staff and congregation at Dallas First!
Lisa Enfinger

Lisa Enfinger

Organist

About Lisa
Lisa is from Geneva, Alabama.  She graduated from Brevard College in North Carolina with an Associate Degree in Fine Arts, and The University of Montevallo, Alabama with a Bachelor’s Degree in piano pedagogy.
She has been married to Steve for 36 years and they have two children and two grandchildren. Steve and Lisa moved to Dallas in 1986 and have enjoyed raising their family here.
She was the accompanist for Kennesaw UMC for the last eleven years, and now has returned to Dallas First, her home church!