Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working

for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23

  • Steve Yeaton, Senior Minister     812.379.4491 ext. 229

    My wife, Cindy, and I  have 2 adult children, Grace (married to Tyler Oda) and Clay. We have 2 granddaughters.

    I have been a part of FCC since the summer of 2017. MY favorite passage is Romans 5:8. 

    When I am not working I enjoy running, backpacking, reading, movies, Cincinnati Reds, spending time with my family, and road trips with Cindy.

  • Tyler Tolbert, Outreach & Discipleship Minister       812.379.4491 ext. 239

    I have am married to my gorgeous wife, Megan. We have a beautiful daughter, Evelyn (Evie), a miniature schnauzer, Zoe and are expecting a baby boy in August, 2020.

    I have been at FCC for 8 years. My favorite passage is Habakkuk 3:17-19.

    When I am is not working I enjoy running, playing tennis, eating at Chick-fil-A, keeping up with my favorite show Survivor, watching the Kentucky Wildcats, going to amusement parks, and spending time with my family.

  • Nancy Lewis, Connections Minister         812.379.4491 ext. 230

    I have been a lifelong member of First Christian Church and was blessed to become a staff member in 2007. I love being a part of this church family and helping people get connected to ways to serve, grow in their faith and impact this community for Christ.

    One of my favorite Bible passages is Matthew 22: 37-39 “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”’ These words inspire me to embrace the unconditional love and grace that God gives me every day, and do my best to extend that to others.

    I’m married to Greg Lewis, educator, presidential impersonator and all around great guy. We have two grown children;  Austin and Lauren (Ben) Kloke. We also have a spoiled, but loving, Golden Retriever named Samson.

    I enjoy getting to know new people, spending time with family and friends, enjoying nature and traveling.

  • Brian Walker, Worship Arts Minister         812.379.4491 ext. 233

    I love serving at FCC. I’ve been here 7 years with my wife and two dogs and we really enjoy the town of Columbus and the surrounding area. 

    My favorite passage is Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

  • Dj Butcher, Family Life & Youth Minister         812.379.4491 ext. 237

    My wife Carrie is from Jackson county and she’s a registered nurse. We have 3 boys, Tyler, Andrew, and Owen. 

    I started at FCC in 2010. My favorite passage is Romans 5:8 – “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”

    I enjoy reading science fiction and fantasy and playing video games. As a family, we’re HUGE Disney fans!

  • Sue Crenshaw, Children's Minister       812.379.4491 ext. 234

    As a young girl growing up in Minnesota, I loved the church – Sunday mornings, singing in choir, playing organ, piano and helping with VBS. When I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I knew the future would somehow involve working with kids and I set out to become a pediatrician. But instead of medicine, God directed me instead to youth ministry and I’ve had the joy of serving churches in Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana.

    Since 2001, I’ve been in Dallas, TX working with the Josh McDowell Ministry as Josh’s executive assistant. I loved every crazy minute of my time with Josh, but also missed being directly involved with young people and, crazy as it sounds, I missed the Midwest!  I started as the Children's Minister here at First Christian Church in 2016.

  • Kate Cain, Early Childhood Coordinator      812.379.4491 ext. 227

    I have am married to Thor and we have two children - a son Jack and daughter, Evie.

    We have been attending FCC since 2015. My favorite passage is Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

    I love spending time with family and friends, vacationing at the beach, and reading a good book.

  • Tammy Hendricks, Weekday Preschool Director       812.379.4491 ext. 247

    I was born and raised in Columbus. I have been married to Eric for 28 years. We met at Cincinnati Christian University where I graduated with a BS degree in Early Childhood Education. We have a 22 year old son, Jacob.

    My family and I have been attending FCC since 2000. I began working at the preschool that same year as a teacher. I have been the Director since 2004.   One of my favorite passages (that I refer to often) is Philippians 4:6 &7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. 

    I enjoy taking my Pit Bull, Nacho, on walks around the neighborhood. My family loves to visit the beach as often as we can. You may often see me eating out with friends and family.

  • Christy Farrell, Communications Director     812.379.4491 ext. 228

    My husband, Tom, and I have three boys - Tim, Ryan and Braeden. 

    We have been a part of FCC since Summer 2001. We were invited to attend a special service - A First 4th - by my aunt and have been attending ever since. I have been on staff since 2008 - first as the assistant to the senior minister and now as the Communications Director. One of my favorite passages is Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (but the whole chapter has great truth in it). I also lean on Jeremiah 29:11 to help get me through some of the challenges of life.

    When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, cheering for my boys in whatever activity they are participating in, watching movies with the boys, knitting and reading.

  • Linda Barringer, Financial Officer     812.379.4491 ext. 236

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  • Kathie Hannum, Administrative Assistant     812.379.4491 ext. 222

    My husband, Greg and I have two adult children: Matthew who is a certified plumber with Lohmeyer Plumbing and Laura, who works for Jobs for American Graduates through Work One for the State of Indiana.

    I have been on staff for 43 years, starting as a typist/secretary and changing job duties as the years have gone by to now being an administrative assistant (same job, different title).

    My favorite passage is Jeremiah 1:5: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.

    When not working I enjoy crafting, jigsaw puzzles, and especially time with my family.

  • Sarah Campbell, Administrative Assistant      812.379.4491 ext. 221

    My husband Steve and I have two daughters. Olivia is is married with two children - Lauren & Finn, and Emma is finishing out her last few years of high school. 

    We have been a part of the FCC family for five years, and love being here. My favorite passage is Proverbs 3:5-6. 

    When I have spare time I love spoiling my grandbabies, reading Christian fiction, scrapbooking, decorating our home, and spending time on the beach.  

  • Lana Clancy, Weekday Preschool Assistant     812.379.4491 ext. 248

    I married my high school sweet-heart, Mike in 1989.  We were married at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where we are members. We have one adult daughter, Caitlin. We also have a Bichon Frise, Bella and she never leaves my side.

    I have been employed at the preschool since 1998 where I have been an assistant teacher, lead teacher and currently the office assistant. Alongside of working at the preschool I have also cleaned houses. One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him for he cares for you.” God has proved time and again that my worries are useless. He is in control.  

    Mike and I enjoy traveling, live sporting and music events, movies, and going out for breakfast or dinner.

  • Rick Herman, Custodial Manager     812.379.4491 ext. 224

    I have been happily married since 1980 to my wife Kim-Holly. We have two grown children; Nate married to his wife Hillary and proud dad of our granddaughter Sawyer, living in Michigan. Our daughter Rachel resides in Nashville TN when she’s not traveling around the world on mission work. And of course Pennie Sue, our sweet Yorkie.

    We have been at FCC since summer of 2008. My favorite passage is Psalm 34:3 magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His Name together.

    When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my family, enjoying a cup of coffee, being anywhere around Lake Michigan, worship and prayer.


An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don't have a reputation for being wild or rebellious. A church leader is a manager of God's household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money. Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong. Titus 1:6-9

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  • Chad Pruitt, Elder Chairman

    Chad and his wife Christy have 2 children, Collin and Caylyn. 

    He is excited about the future of FCC as we become all that God has called us to be... a loving, transforming, thriving church. His favorite passage is Jeremiah 29:11-14. When Chad is not working or involved in church business he enjoys family time, running, building/restoring/woodworking, playing music and singing.

  • Gary Miller, Elder Vice-Chairman

    Gary and his wife Sharene have 3 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 2 grandchildren.

    Gary is excited about the way FCC has such amazing, faithful people doing great things for the Lord and the potential that we have to do so much more. The opportunities in our community today can change countless lives forever. His prayer is that we continue to have the boldness to speak and live out the truth of the gospel in courageous ways. Gary is always encouraged by Philippians 4:13 but also says there are too many amazing truths in scripture to have only one favorite. When he is not working Gary enjoys spending time with his family, reading and writing, studying scripture and leading adult groups, traveling with his wife, and hiking around his woods with his dog Koda, just enjoying what God has created.

  • Gary Parker, Elder Secretary

    Gary and his wife Angela have 2 daughters, Ally & Alaney.  

    He is excited that our church is debt-free and we are working on reaching our full potential in extending the message of truth and love in our communities. Gary's favorite passage is Matthew 22:37-40. When Gary is not working he enjoys spending time with friends and family, and playing tennis with his girls.

  • Dan Boyer

    Dan and his wife Diana have 2 married children, 4 grandchildren - 2 married, 1 in college, 1 in finishing her last few years in high school. They all live close and we are grateful that they do! 

    He is excited about equipping everyone to live out the Great Commission as a way of life!  His favorite passage is Proverbs 3:5-6. When Dan is not working around the church he likes traveling with Diana, spending time with family and friends, cycling,  and studying the Bible.

  • Dwight Doig

    Dwight and his wife Kristen have 4 children - Leah, Noah, Andrew and a baby due in July. 

    He is excited about the opportunity FCC has to love the people of Columbus. God’s love for all people is evident when His church steps out in the community. He is also excited to see new relationships grow by our people being intentional and led by the Holy Spirit. Dwight's favorite passage is Philippians 3:12-14. When he is not working he enjoys running, watching his kids play hockey, and working on his house and cars.

  • Mark Farney

    Mark and his wife Jane have 3 married, adult children: Megan & Tyler, Josh & Hailey, Luke & Hannah,  one granddaughter, Evie, and a grandson on the way.

    Mark is excited about our refreshed vision to be loving, transforming, thriving…always, increasing our focus on evangelism, the many families who live out Christ-like service, and the fellow Christ-centered, church loving, elders that I have the honor to serve with. His favorite passage is 1 Chronicles 29:11-12 (NLT) When Mark is not working he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, watching sports, and using the gifts God has given him to serve in his job and at FCC. 

  • Steve Newton

    Steve and his wife Lisa have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

    Steve says, "I’ve heard said that, at one time or another, everybody in Bartholomew County has attended First Christian Church. There is something about this place that draws people. That gives us a tremendous opportunity to be a part of transforming lives. That excites me." Steve's favorite passage is Nehemiah 4:9. He enjoys spending time with family and friends; helping with Taunggyi Bible College ministry; working around our home; being a veterinarian. 

  • Jon Reynolds

    Jon and his Priscilla have 2 adult daughters, Alexandra & Victoria. Alexandra is married and living in Houston and is an executive with Houston YMCA. Victoria is changing careers from professional chef to psychology.

    Jon is excited about FCC's focus on local outreach. His favorite passage is Psalm 46:10. When he is not working Jon enjoys exercise, reading, watching sports, and cooking.

  • Steve Wiggins

    Steve and his wife Cheri have 3 adult children - Robert, Rebecca & Beth - and 6 grandchildren. 

    Steve is excited to see new people coming into the church and young couples with their children attending and getting involved. His favorite passage is Romans 8. He enjoys teaching and being involved with people.

  • Steve Yeaton, Senior Minister

    Steve and his wife Cindy have 2 adult children, Grace (married to Tyler Oda) and Clay. They have 2 granddaughters.

    Steve is excited about FCC becoming more and more a church where every person embraces their part in advancing God’s kingdom in Columbus and beyond.  His favorite passage is Romans 5:8. When Steve is not working he enjoys running, backpacking, reading, movies, Cincinnati Reds, spending time with my family, and road trips with Cindy.


They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. Acts 2:42-43

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  • Chuck Murdock, Trustee Chairman

    Chuck has been married to his wife, Karen almost 56 years. They have 3 grown children - our son, Andy is married with 2 kids and lives in Columbus; two married daughters, Kristine lives in Carmel and Kim lives in Cincinnati.

    They have been members of FCC since 2007. One of his favorite passages is Psalm 100.

    Chuck enjoys reading, walking, and working at church. 

  • Dave Richter, Vice-Chairman

    Dave has been married to Sue for 37 years and they have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.

    They have been members of FCC for 30 years. One of his favorite passages is
    Philippines 4:4-7.

    Dave enjoys cycling, hiking, reading, Purdue sports and spending time with grandkids.

  • Dan Thomas, Secretary

    Dan and his wife Sue have 2 grown children. Their son and family live in Ohio and his daughter and family live here in Columbus.

    They have been a part of FCC for years. Dan & Sue have been the leaders for our Basketball & Beyond program for many years - they have tried to retire a couple times but it is such a fun ministry it is hard to let go. Dan also serves as our treasurer.

  • Jim Foreman

    Jim and his wife Barbara have been a part of FCC for several years. 

  • Bill Gelfius

    Bill and his wife, Norma, have 2 grown children and 7 grandchildren. 

    They have been a part of FCC for many years. Bill is a former elder. Norma & Bill volunteer in many ways around FCC and they are wonderful hosts for our annual "Fun on the Farm" event in the Fall.

  • Jenny Lowry

    Jenny has been married to Craig for 47 years. They have 3 wonderful daughters and sons-in-laws, and 10 grandchildren, all who are the delights of our lives.  

    They have been at FCC since 2004. Jenny served as the Children's Minister from 2004 - 2014. Jenny states, "These were among the happiest years of my life, and we are grateful to still be active members in our retirement years."  Jenny states her life verse has always been Philippians 4:6-8.


    When asked about things Jenny enjoys doing she says, "Our church building is a beautiful gift and privilege, and it has been a pleasure serving our church as a Trustee. Together Craig and I enjoy anything that has to do with family. In retirement we travel frequently to Texas and Florida to see our family in those states, and also enjoy having 4 grandchildren right here in Columbus. We are also well-seasoned RV Travelers: In the past 5 years have RV'd through 47 of the 48 states. God willing, we have many more trips in the future. A few years ago I began to counseling those who grieve and have other losses, and now am a Certified Grief & Bereavement Provider. Maybe most of all, I enjoy seeing what God is doing to me and through me in retirement. He has already had quite a few surprises for me, and I look forward to what is next."

  • Jon Reynolds

    Jon and his Priscilla have 2 adult daughters, Alexandra & Victoria. Alexandra is married and living in Houston and is an executive with Houston YMCA. Victoria is changing careers from professional chef to psychology.

    Jon is also an elder. His favorite passage is Psalm 46:10. 

    When he is not working Jon enjoys exercise, reading, watching sports, and cooking.

  • Milo Smith

    Milo is married to Diane and they have 3 grown children.

    Milo is a former elder, is actively involved in 55 Fellowship, Men's Breakfast, Sunday morning greeters and over our Facilities team. He is also a former Indiana State Representative. 

    Milo & Diane have been a part of FCC for many years.