Pastoral Staff


Lead Pastor - Don and Darla Railey

Pastor Don Railey and his wife, Darla, have come to East Alton from the Atlanta, GA area to be the new Lead Pastors of First Assembly, in March, 2018.  They have been Evangelists, and have been the Pastors of churches in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, and here in Illinois.  They have traveled overseas many times in missions work (mainly in Africa).  Don is a certified Leadership Trainer and Life Coach with the John Maxwell Team.  Darla is an accomplished musician both vocally and instrumentally, and is our Music Director.  They have two sons, both in the ministry.


Assistant Pastor - Tony and Nancy Nickel


Tony and his wife Nancy have been married over 35 years, and have three children and nine grandchildren.  He is a gifted soloist and has sung in numerous locations.  He joined the staff at First Assembly two years ago as an assistant to the Pastor.   Tony helps the Pastor in ministerial duties and on the Praise Team. Tony is a Security Officer at the Olin Corporation. Nancy serves in our Sunday School. 



Children's Ministry - Mike and Jessica Roethe

Mike and his wife Jessica have been married 10 years and have three children. They are very active in the church, including Board member, Sunday School teacher, and Praise Team Member.  They are involved with our children on Sundays and Wednesdays.  Mike is currently our Children’s Church Director. Together they have many years of experience working with kids  - clown ministry, puppets, face painting, dramas, children’s productions, and much more.  Mike works as Service Manager/Safety Team Leader at Sam’s Club.  Jessica teaches special education at a local high school.