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This Week's Events
OCT

21

SUN
Sunday School for all ages
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Worship
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch
11:30 AM
OCT

23

TUE
Classical Conversation
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
OCT

24

WED
Community Bible Study
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Visioning Prayer Group
6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Paul Sutphen, chair
Chancel Choir Rehearsal
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
OCT

25

THU
Prayer Group
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
United Campus Ministry Board
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
monthly meeting at UCM facility
Bible Search
Staff
Senior Minister

Gregory Ross

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Gregory has served as a minister for churches in Virginia and Texas over the past 45 years, and did mission work in India for 10 years. He was on the Heartbeat staff, a media ministry, for 12 years. He served on the board of the Texas Bible Chair Foundation for 10 years, serving twice as board chair. He has a BA in Religious Studies and did three years of post graduate study in Biblical and Patristic Greek. He and his wife, Linda, have four children eight grandchildren, and two dogs.






Minister of Pastoral Care

Cari Fowler

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Cari has served as a minister and chaplain for 15 years. Some areas of passion are spiritual growth, outreach and working with people who have mental health challenges both adults and youth.  She has also worked for Child Protective Services and currently teaches Secondary Science at a residential treatment center.  Cari has directed/participated in hundreds of youth and adult retreats and camps over the years.  Currently, she serves as Treasurer for Texas Bible Chair. She is a member of International Association of Christian Chaplains.  She has a BS in Education from Southwest Texas and Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University.  She and her husband Dale have 3 sons. And they raise sheep, chickens and cats.  Cari enjoys many activities including hiking, swimming, fitness, cooking and photography. 






Minister of Education

Gael Thompson

Rev. Gael Thompson brings years of experience and multiple skills to the development and administration of our Education program. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified EMDR Therapist, an ordained minister, and has a BA in Communications and Journalism, a Masters of Divinity degree, and a Masters of Education in Counseling degree. Gael is a gifted speaker, retreat and conference leader, and curriculum writer for church related activities and organizations.  Her areas of specialty: teens, children, women, divorce, singles and families.

Gael and her husband, Jerry, have two adult children and live in Wimberley, Texas.

 






Youth Director

Shawn Colson

If you have teenagers and you don't have a church home, Shawn Colson is the first and best reason that you should join FCC! She is a Pied Piper of our young people. She loves them and they love her. They call her "Mama Bear". She teaches the Christian Youth Fellowship Sunday School Class, organizes youth activies throughout each month, and serves as an area youth leader. She organizes and coordinates fall and mid-winter retreats, and directs the CYF summer camp at Camp Gonzo. She is one of the regional leaders for the annual Youth Mission projects, called Disciples Summer Mission. She is a Deacon of our church and paricipates in all aspects of our fellowship, missions and church life. Even if you don't have a teenager, Shawn may still be the first and best reason for you to be with us!!






Office Administrator

Reba Hilgers

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Reba is likely to be your first contact with First Christian Church. She is our voice and manages our communication center. She has served other churches and several businesses in Central Texas over the years, and has a wealth of experience and professional skill. But what you will appreciate most is her enthusiasm and personal concern for whatever you need. In addition to her computer and financial expertise, she finds time to enjoy such diverse interests as sculpture, birding, travel, golf, music, and family activities. Contact her at the church office by phone: 512-396-1926, or by email at: fcc@fcc-sm.org

 






Director of Music

Janey Hall

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Janey Hall comes to us with a wealth of experience in music, education and ministry. She has served as choir director for several schools and churches in Texas. In 2012 she founded and continues to lead as Artistic Director of SoCo Women's Chorus in Austin, with approximately 70 voices. Janey welcomes anyone interested in participating in our Chancel Choir and/or Bell Choir. Previous experience is not necessary, just a desire to sing and praise God!






Accompanist

Rebecca Chapmon

Rebecca is an accomplished organist and pianist who graces our Sunday worship and special services throughout the year. We are blessed to have her skill and dedication. She provides music for congregational singing, accompanies the Chancel Choir and special music presentations, works with Janey for wonderful events like our Christmas and Easter cantatas. Rebecca is an experienced composer, public school music teacher, and choral director, who has done creative work in community literacy, arts and cultural events and activities. She says, "It is my goal to spread my love of music, art, and character in our culture to those who, like myself, love to learn through everyday, organic experiences."






AV Technician

Emilee Biles

First Christian Church welcomes our new AV Tech, Emilee Biles! Emilee is majoring in Sound Recording Technology at Texas State University. Welcome, Emilee!

If you like the recordings you can find of our worship services on this website, thank Emilee. She is the one who keeps our worship services running smoothly, with the order of worship, song lyrics, and graphics on the front screens in our sanctuary. She is also available to help you with weddings and other special events.






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