Our Mission

At Columbia First Assembly, we are On Mission With Jesus . . .

Knowing God, Building People, and Sharing Hope!

Columbia First Assembly wants to help you know God by exploring and embracing biblical truth, grow as a disciple of Jesus in community with others, and join our team sharing hope in Columbia and around the world.

What We Believe


The Bible is the authoritative and inspired Word of God and is trustworthy and reliable teaching us what to believe and how to live. Comprised of 66 books written over a period of 1500 years by roughly 40 authors, the Bible tells one seamless story of redemption.

(2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:17-18, 24:35; Mark 12:36; John 14:16; John 16:12-15; Acts 1:16; Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13; Hebrews 4:12).


God is the creator, ruler, and sustainer of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is infinite; He is not limited by time or space. He is all-knowing, ever-present, and all-powerful. His character – His grace and wrath, mercy and justice, love and truth all work together for good.

(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22; Matthew 5:16, 45, 6:1, 4, 8, 9; John James 1:17; John 1:1; Genesis 1:2; John 4:24, 14:16-20; Hebrews 1:3; 2 Peter 1:21).


Jesus is the eternal Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Christ meaning “anointed one” is His title. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless human life, suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate, and offered himself as a perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on the cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to the Father’s right hand in heaven and one day will return to judge both the living and the dead.

(Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35; Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22; Acts 2:22; 10:38; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; Acts 1:9, 11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).


The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and Son of God. The Holy Spirit is given to every follower of Christ to guide, comfort, convict, and adopt us into the family of God. He helps us grow into Christ-likeness by producing the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and He gives us spiritual gifts to empower us to meet the needs of God’s people and share hope with a hurting world.

(John 15:5-15; Acts 1:7-8; Romans 8:26-27; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 2 Timothy 1:14)

We adhere to the 16 tenets of faith of the Assemblies of God. The list is derived from the official Statement of Fundamental Truths. Click the link below to see the complete original statement with scriptures.

Statement of Fundamental Truths

CFA Staff

Tom Ragsdell
Tom RagsdellLead Pastor
Pastor Tom and Jeni were elected to serve as Lead Pastors at Columbia First Assembly in August 2023. Tom and Jeni have previously served as church planters, missionaries in Kiev, Ukraine, youth pastors, and in Christian education.

Richard Sullivan
Richard SullivanLegacy & Care Pastor
Pastor Richard and Kellie Sullivan, currently owner/operators of Bluegrass Terrace and Pastor at Summit First Assembly in Holts Summit have been selected to serve at Columbia First Assembly as the Legacy & Care Pastor.
Kathryn Melton
Kathryn MeltonYouth Pastor
Pastor Kathryn and Kyle Melton have attended CFA Church since graduating from Mizzou and participating in Chi Alpha.

Kyle also serves as the church bookkeeper and member of the worship team.