God has shown such amazing grace and mercy and love to me, saving me in 1971 and calling me to follow Him in service. In 1980 He brought Beth and me together for a marriage He filled with His sweet blessings: a family of five (now adult) children and fourteen grandchildren.
I was a teacher for most of my life until about age 50, when God called me into a full-time role as elder/pastor/preacher for this dear body of believers. It is such a privilege to be a part of this loving body (family) and receiving the countless blessings as partners in the Gospel, serving our Savior until He returns.
According to God’s mercy a sinner saved by grace received through faith alone in Christ alone. I stay busy serving and leading as a husband, teacher, coach, and elder. I love a good road trip, enjoy studying the deepest levels of theology and write/blog.
Having accepted Christ at an early age, Clarence Gillett totally committed himself to Jesus Christ at age 12. He married Twila Thieszen in 1968 and together they served under The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) as missionaries in Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), Indonesia from 1972 until retirement in 2010. Clarence and Twila have two children and four grandchildren. Since retiring in 2010 he enjoys a ministry to international students and being an active part of First Street Bible Church.
Jesus Christ saved me in March 1995 and by His grace, I have continually grown in love for Him and His church. God has blessed me with my wonderful wife and partner in life and ministry, Danielle, as well as five children. In the marketplace, I have the privilege of helping clients navigate worldly finances and taxes while keep their eyes, hearts, and minds set on eternity.
Elder, Music Pastor
Having grown up in Nebraska, I am no stranger to the Lincoln community. I grew up in a Christian home and trusted Christ at age eleven through a brother’s testimony. During my undergrad years at Grace University, I met my wife, Lorene. By God’s grace, we have been married for nearly 40 years. We are blessed with two grown daughters who love the Lord and seek to live for him.
We began attending First Street in 2012, and shortly afterwards, I transitioned into part-time ministry as a music and worship pastor. It is a true privilege to serve Christ and His people through the ministry of music and worship at First Street and now as an under-shepherd of Christ for His church. It is by God’s grace alone that I am able to continue to serve Him and to lead people to the throne of God, by the Word of God, for the Glory of God. I Corinthians 2:2-5
The Lord Jesus saved me by His grace early in life. Since then, I have been greatly blessed with a wonderful wife and mother, Nicole, to my two children. I have had the joy of serving my Lord in various roles within the local body over many years including a pastor, teacher and now as an elder at First Street Bible as I work for a company in national development management. My greatest blessings has been to grow in my love and understanding of the Lord Jesus and to share the truth of Bible and relationship with Jesus with my two children and with others the Lord has put in our lives over the years. My prayer for all those coming to First Street is that they grow in their love for Jesus and one another while focusing on the eternal: God, the Word of God and the Souls of Men!