Dr. Joseph Dagostino III, lead pastor

Dr. Joe, his wife Ashley and four daughters Janae, Charlotte, Hazel and Indy, have recently joined the AFC family!


Lindell is no stranger to AFC! Years ago he served as the Youth Pastor at AFC, but later was called to the mission field. Lindell and his wife, Kay, served as missionaries in the Middle East for 36 years! A few years ago they retired and returned home to their AFC family. Lindell is a die-hard St. Louis Cardinals fan, but we don’t hold that against him (all the time). Lindell is a “people person” and will connect with you soon!

Rev. Gary Klinger is a vital part of our church and community.  He has served our congregation for more than ten years.  Prior to joining Anderson First Church, Gary and his family served the Shipshewanna community in northern Indiana.  Gary is one of the most caring and selfless individuals you will ever meet.  He is a native of Avilla, Indiana and like most of our staff, he loves the Indianapolis Colts.  He claims that he doesn't have a hobby, but you should know that he is a man of many talents; ranging from an incredible athlete to the ideal handyman.  If you don't know Pastor Klinger, we advise you make an introduction and so does he.  The weird part is, he probably already knows who you are.

Carla Clark, interim children's director

Carla may be the newest face on the AFC staff, but she is no stranger to Children’s Ministry. She has served in various roles in Children’s Ministry since her teen years. Carla is passionate about encouraging kids to grow into a deeper relationship with God. Carla enjoys antique shopping, reading Christian novels, playing with her great-nieces and nephews, games with family and spoiling her two dogs, Snickerdoodles and Kimberly Sue. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska and earned a BA in business in 1977 from Mid America Nazarene College. Kids will love Sunday morning worship at 10:30 and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 in the “warehouse” with Carla and her multi-talented staff.

Paul Gilmore, where do we start?  Like most of our staff, Paul is also from the great state of Indiana.  He attended Olivet Nazarene University and has served AFC in many ways! He is currently the youth pastor and is looking forward to getting to know all of our teens better and to help grow their relationships with Christ. Paul always has a smile on his face and is the ultimate team player.

El Pastor Cabello ha estado en la primera iglesia de Anderson desde el año 2009. Él nació en la Ciudad de México. El ha sido una bendición para nuestra iglesia y para la comunidad hispana. Elias y su familia son apasionados en servir a las personas y realmente somos afortunados de tener a los Cabello con nosotros sirviendo aquí en Anderson. Elias es un músico con talento, algunos de sus pasatiempos son armar carros a escala y rompecabezas. A diferencia de nuestra gente que ama el basquetbol el ama el fútbol Soccer y su equipo favorito es cruz azul. Al Pastor Cabello le gusta conocer a las personas de habla Inglés y español.

Keri Kardatzke, administrative assistant

Keri has served as the Administrative Assistant since November of 2013. Keri graciously handles all of the responsibilities that are a part of running a large church office as well as helping to meet many needs within the Anderson community. As the first face people often see when they enter the church office, Keri is quick to welcome everyone. She is a die-hard Cubs fan and loves anything vintage. Keri looks forward to the opportunity to get to know you and your family as you explore AFC.