Leadership TeamELDERS + LEADERSHIP STAFFJesus Christ is the Head of the Church. This is clear in Scripture, and our leaders believe in His ultimate authority with all their hearts. We also believe in the authority of the Bible, God's Word, which contains the teachings of Jesus and descriptions of the early church in action. The New Testament is very instructive about how the local church should be organized. At First Christian Church...
Eldersprovide spiritual oversight, teach, shepherd, seek collective wisdom, and act as stewards of the church's financial resources. Elders are volunteers called by God and affirmed by the church family. These men serve in three-year terms. Our currently serving elders are
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Please pray for these men, their families, and our church family as we help make the responsibility of elder a "joy and not a burden" (Hebrews 13:17).
DEACONSDeacons are the super-servants of the church. While all Christians are called to serve, deacons are appointed to serve with a greater level of accountability. Deacons are men with unique talents; they are appointed to accomplish important ministry objectives determined by the church leadership.
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Leadership StaffMINISTERS / DIRECTORSare vocational directors of the church's operations. Our leadership staff members lead specific ministries, teach, encourage, and work with the elders to cast a compelling vision for expanding God's work in our community.
Stuart Jones is our Senior Minister. Stuart's preaching style is biblical, conversational, and life-applicable. His exceptional leadership qualities and knack for inspiring fellow leaders have helped FCC navigate the sale of the Mulberry campus; the interim period on the Poplar campus; and the construction of the new campus on North Miles Street. He and his wife, Stacia, have a son, Camden, and daughter, Emery. Contact Stuart at
Chris Harp is our Executive Minister. He is gifted in administration and mentoring leaders. Chris says one of his most important responsibilities is to "minister to FCC's ministers." He helps make it a joy for all of us -- staff, elders, deacons, and volunteers -- to work together as a team. He and his wife, Tammy, have five sons: Jacob, Joshua, Jesse, Jeremiah, and Josiah. Contact Chris at
Doug Mitchellis our Discipleship Minister. Doug's extensive ministry experience and long career at FCC are great assets to the church. He has led the youth, shepherding, and activities ministries. Today, Doug's greatest passion is helping new people find a deeper connection with the church. He and his wife, Gena, have two boys: Caleb and Eli. Contact Doug at
Chris Kigeris our Outreach Minister. As point-of-contact for our many mission partners -- local and global -- Chris helps us make a greater impact in the world. His life models FCC's directive to "serve others." He's also a great teacher and loves to make people laugh. He and his wife, Angie, have four sons: Sam, David, Joe, and Ben. Contact Chris at
Jason Foxis our Small Groups Minister. Jason loves equipping life group leaders and helping people connect with each other in comfortable, authentic environments. He believes small groups are the life blood of a healthy church. He and his wife, Emily, have three children: Stella, Vivian, and Boone. Contact Jason at
Tim Hurdis our Children’s Minister. Tim loves watching kids discover who God is and how He loves them. It is his desire that kids love coming to church and are eager to share with their friends what God is doing in their lives. He and his wife, Amy, have three kids: Gabe, Micah, and Jessa. Contact Tim at
Taylor Gilpinis our Student Minister. Taylor is a recent graduate of Johnson Christian University. He loves working with our Middle and High School students, and wants to foster in them a transformational love for Jesus that lasts a lifetime. His desire is to provide opportunities and environments that challenge each student to grow in their faith. Contact Taylor at
Shannon Smithis our Children’s Ministry Assistant. Shannon is thrilled to serve our youngest children at FCC. She is passionate about teaching kids to know God's truth and how much He loves them. She loves to witness spiritual growth in our children and in the volunteers who serve them. Shannon is married to Nick Smith. Contact Shannon at
Mark Melloanis our Worship Director. He loves worshipping God alongside skilled musicians, gifted vocalists, masterful tech specialists, and a loving congregation. He and his wife, Nicole, have four children: Jack, John, Lucy, and Sadie. Contact Mark at
April Skaggsis the Director of FCC's Child Enrichment Center. She loves relating to children and their parents and helps us create a positive environment where young people can thrive. She and her husband, Mickie, have two sons, Micah and Isaiah. Contact April at