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Jesus 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

Don Bartholomew
Steve Best
David Cofer
Ron Downs
Mark Hinton
Tom Ingram
Mark Land
Johnny Melloan
Charles Young

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).

What are Deacons?Deacons 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.
are 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
Stuart Jones is our Senior Minister. Stuart's Christian Church roots run deep. His father, E. Ray "Cotton" Jones, was a prominent leader among American Restoration churches, and his brother, Larry Jones, is the Senior Minister of Northside Christian Church in Yorktown, Virginia. Stuart's leadership and team spirit 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.

Chris Harp
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.

Doug Mitchell
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.

Chris Kiger
Chris Kigeris our Minister to Students and Senior Adults. Chris loves people, teaching, and making people smile. He is active missions and local community-involvement, modeling FCC's "serve the world" directive to Christians of all ages. He and his wife, Angie, have four boys: Sam, David, Joe, and Ben.

Jason Fox
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 two daughers: Stella and Vivian.

Tim Hurd
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.

Josiah Brock
Josiah Brockis our Student Minister. Josiah is passionate about connecting young people with Jesus. His straightforward communication style and personal drive make him a well-suited mentor for teens. He and his wife, Alyssa, have two sons: Ollie and Jude.

Shannon Smith
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.

Debby Richardson
Debby Richardsonis the Director of FCC's Child Enrichment Center. She is devoted to this ministry's unique role in our church: to serve local families by caring for children and training them educationally and spiritually. She and her husband, Randy, have two boys: Michael and Robbie.