Pastors & Staff

Scott Eichelberger

Senior Pastor

Hi, my name is Scott Eichelberger and I began serving as the senior pastor of First Alliance Church on November 1, 2013. My wife, Lois, and I are originally from Pennsylvania, met at Ft. Campbell, KY, and were married in 1987. After retiring from twenty-two years active duty with the U.S. Army (Aviation) as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2005, I attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministry) in 2008. We then accepted a call to serve as the Executive Pastor of Cary Alliance Church, NC, from 2008 to 2013. I also hold a Master’s of Science in Management (MIS) from NCSU and a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering (EE) from the United States Military Academy. Hobbies include hiking, kayaking, golfing, and…bagpiping. 

Evan Jensen

Associate Pastor

Hi, my name is Evan Jensen.  I began serving as the youth pastor of First Alliance Church on October 19, 2014.  My wife, Hannah, and I met at Toccoa Falls College during the summer of 2012; we were married in July, 2014.  I graduated from Toccoa Falls College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Youth Ministry and Hannah graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Counseling Psychology.  We have two beautiful daughters: Abigail and Elena.  My hobbies include reading and most sports, especially soccer, frisbee related activities, and volleyball. 

Lera Hesselbirg

Director of Children's Ministry

Hi my name is Lera Hesselbirg and I am the Director of Children’s Ministry here at First Alliance Church. I have been attending First Alliance since 1998 and came on staff in August of 2001 as assistant to the Christian Education Director. I assumed the duties of Dir. of Children’s Ministry in August of 2007. My husband Michael and I were married in 1979 and we have 4 children, Erik born in 1981, Andrew in 1985, Stephen in 1990, and Katelyn in 1994. 

STephanie Duchemin

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry

Hi, my name is Stephanie DuChemin.  I began as the Assistant Director of Children's Ministry in 2018.  My husband Michael and I moved our family to Franklin in 2015 from Pinellas County Florida.  We have 6 children, Isabelle, Abbigail, Landyn, Deacon, Luukas and Noraa.  Creativity is my specialty and loving children is my passion.

Fred Alexander

director of adult education

Hi, my name is Fred Alexander. As director of adult Christian education, I help support Sunday School, small groups, men’s and women’s groups, and other ministries. I began this volunteer job after retiring as district manager for the power company in February 2013. My wife Diane and I have been in Franklin since 1980, though we are originally from Savannah. We have three grown children and two grandsons. I was graduated from UGA with a journalism degree and was close to finishing a master’s in Bible at Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) when asked to become communications director there. Previously, I have been a Sunday School teacher and coordinator, and worked with a singles group. 

toni cheek

church secretary

Hello. My name is Toni Taylor. I was born in Kentucky, but spent my teen and adult years in Minnesota. Three years ago, I moved to Franklin to escape the Minnesota winters. I have one daughter and 2 grandsons. I’ve worked for five different ministries, helping to establish two of them. I’ve also trained, lead and participated in overseas mission teams to the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Eastern Europe. I am thrilled and honored to work with and serve the staff and members of First Alliance Church of Franklin! 

arlene ball

church custodian

Our church custodian is Arlene Ball. Please take a moment to thank her for her support!