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About The Lilley’s

Rev. James Lilley was born in Revere, Massachusetts. Raised in a Catholic home, he gave his heart to Christ at the age eighteen. In 1993 James graduated from Central Christian College with a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry. He then completed two years of correspondence study from Berean University.

While in college James met Verna Peterson (from South Dakota) and they married in 1993. Verna graduated with her B.A. in Pastoral Ministry in 1994. Pastor James was the youth pastor form 1992-1996 under Pastor David Case in Kansas. In 1996-1997, they were teachers for the Raithhoffer Shows and traveling from state to state each week for 10 months. In 1997 & 1998 they were evangelists living in Massachusetts.

God specifically spoke in 1993, while under the stars in Kansas, that they would be part of a great revival that would sweep New England and touch the world! Since 1998, the year they began pastoring here at First Assembly, the church has seen continual growth and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. They have been blessed with five children, Jedidiah, James, John, Bonita and little Isaiah.