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Mason Ballard

Worship Associate

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Mason serves as one of Worship leaders. He acquired a BS in Music and Worship from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN (2016) and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute For Worship Studies. He is from Lexington KY and he enjoys great coffee (and lots of it), reading, writing songs, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and visiting friends and family. His greatest passion is leading God’s people in worship.

Dena Blake

Facilities / Reservations

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Dena serves as FCCM’s Facility Reservations Coordinator and has been a member since 1994. She worked for our Academy for 7 years and began working in the church office in 2013. Dena and husband, Chris, have two children; Nolan and Riley. They are usually on a baseball or softball field and love spending family time hiking, riding bikes and just spending time outdoors. Psalm 91 gives her comfort.

Tim Bussey

Connections Minister

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Tim has served First Christian since February 1st, 2002. As FCC’s Connections Minister, Tim provides the vital link between God’s servants and Kingdom opportunities. He is originally from Lancaster, OH and a proud graduate of Kentucky Christian University. He and his beautiful wife, Jessica, have four children- Eric, Kylee, Keerstin, and Eden. When Tim is relaxing, he follows very closely his three favorite teams in the world...The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Reds. He also enjoys keeping up with the free movie weekends on Direct TV so he can record all the movies everyone else has already viewed a full year earlier in the movie theater. Romans 12:1-2 is one of Tim’s favorite Bible passages.

Beverly Clark

Afternoon Receptionist

Beverly recently returned to NC from living in Maine. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Monte, dinner with friends and family, reading and shopping for antiques. The NC Mountains and the ocean are her favorite places to visit. Beverly's favorite scripture is Philippians 4:8.

Greg Felts

Ministry Resources Team Leader

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Greg is in charge of the team that supports FCCM's operations, including Facilities, Administration, Security, Technology, Aquatics, The Table Food Truck and Food Services. Greg also oversees FCP and LifeQuest. He joined the ministry team in October 2015.

Randall Gossett


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Randall loves taking care of the buildings at First Christian, working with his team and church members. He loves the great outdoors and spending time with his six grandkids.

Drew Grounds

Worship Minister

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Drew, an immensely talented musician and anointed worship leader, has led the First Christian family in worship since early 2010. Originally from Johnston City, Illinois, Drew is married to Sue Ellen. They have two sons – Tyler and Garrett – and Buddy the dog. Drew is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University. He loves Japanese Food, the beach, and Arizona. He enjoys hiking and water sports. Drew’s brother is the 3 time “World Champion Goose Caller” (seriously). Psalm 139 is a passage that really speaks to Him. You can follow Drew on Twitter @drewgounds

Rachel Hickling

Worship Associate

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Dan Hipply

Minister of Fitness Ministry

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Dan serves as First Christian’s Minister of Fitness Ministry. This role reflects Dan’s heart for fitness and discipleship. He’s been on staff for over 15 years. Dan and wife, Jennifer, have three daughters: Lindsey, Lauren (with the Lord) & Rachel, and a son, Garrett. Originally from Marshallville, Ohio, Dan is a graduate of Kentucky Christian College and the Londen Institute. Dan is passionate about music – both listening and playing. He also loves home-made peanut butter eggs. Philippians 2:1-5 is one of his favorite passages. You can connect with Dan on facebook.

Dominick Jenkins

Ministry Resident

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Katie Keyes

Aquatics Director

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Sandy Kueng

Administrative Assistant

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Since 2003, Sandy has used her administrative skills in the church office. Sandy is a native North Carolinian, originally from Sugar Grove NC. With her husband Friedel, Sandy has three children (Trinity, Raini and Drew) and 8 grandchildren. Sewing, reading, and gardening are some of her favorite pursuits, but mostly Sandy loves to spend time with her family. Philippians 2:3-5 is one of her favorite verses.

Dr. Peter L. Kunkle

Senior Minister

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Pete started First Christian Church in 1987, with a small but faithful group of believers hungry to grow. He’s led FCC through many years of fruitful ministry – impacting the community locally and around the world. Pete and wife Kathy have one daughter, Heidi, and one granddaughter, Isabella. Born in Germany, Pete grew up in Ohio. He is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University and the Londen Institute. Fishing and motorcycles are a couple of his favorite activities. Galatians 2:20 is one of his favorite verses.

Ellen Mantell

Director of Food Services

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Ellen is the queen of the FCC kitchen! Her ability to bless people through food makes her a very popular member of the team. Ellen and husband Van have two children, Jade and Seth, and one grandchild - Niko.

Lynn Miller

Family Ministry/Early Childhood (Birth - 5 years)

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For 10 years, Lynn has directed the ministry to babies, preschoolers, and their parents. Originally from Lexington Kentucky, Lynn is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, and was a nurse before joining the FCC team. She and husband Michael have three children – Ashley (and husband Nathanael), Ian, and Garrett and two grandchildren. Lynn enjoys mountain biking, reading historical fiction, and trips to Panera Bread. Lynn’s first name is actually Nadia, and she was a competitive gymnast from age 9 thru high school. Lynn loves partnering with young parents to raise healthy, happy children God’s way. Ephesians 3:16-21 is one of her favorite verses.

Kenney Nutter

Facilities Director

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Kenney has been a member of FCCM since 1999. He has served as an Elder here for a total of nine years and now joins this team that serves the congregation and the community. He and his staff, along with several volunteers, strive to keep the facilities and grounds safe and looking their best. Kenney teaches the Seekers adult Bible school class. James 1:22 is one of his favorite verses of scripture.

Deanna Payne


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Efren Rosario

Family Ministry/Students 7th-12th

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Mary Rothrock

First Christian Preschool Director

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Mary is the Director of First Christian Preschool. She has been working at the preschool for over 14 years, first as a teacher, then as Director for the last year and a half. Mary married her childhood sweetheart in November 2016. She has 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

Joan Russell


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Walk through the front door and most likely you will be greeted by Joan’s infectious smile. She’s been on the FCC team for 12 years. Originally from Maryville Tennessee, Joan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – and met her husband Ken at the UT library card catalog. Joan and Ken have one daughter – Emily. She enjoys gardening and traveling. Joshua 1:7-9 is one of her favorite verses.

Dawn Schultz

Finance Manager

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Dawn joined our staff in September 2014 after having been a member of the First Christian Church family since 2000. She brings over 15 years of experience in Finance and Administration to direct our Finance/HR needs. Dawn has a daughter, Jessica, who is a Junior at Walkertown High School and a son, Nick, who graduated from Liberty University in August 2014 and serves as the Worship Leader for Rethink Life Church of Orlando, FL. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:4-9.

Crystal Scott

Family Ministry/LifeQuest Director

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Crystal serves as the LifeQuest Director for First Christian. Most days you will find her with a group of children playing games. Crystal comes to us with 19 years of experience working with children. She began working for First Christian in 2010 as a teacher in our Early Education program. Crystal is a native of Virginia that moved to Kernersville years ago. She is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family here and in Virginia. Proverbs 19:21 is one of her favorite verses

Joy Smith

Lead Administrative Assistant

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Joy manages the offices and administrative team for First Christian. For years, Joy has used her organization and communication skills to keep FCC running smoothly. Joy and husband Jeff have two children – Megan & Josh. She is a native of Elkins West Virginia. Joy enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and crafting. Joshua 24:15 is one of her favorite verses.

Patty Sorrells, M.Ed.

Women’s Ministry Director

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Patty is First Christian’s Women's Ministry Director. Patty’s heart is helping folks succeed at true spiritual formation and living the abundant life gifted to us by our Heavenly Father. She’s been on the team for more than 10 years and has enjoyed watching people become healthy, find healing in their relationship with Jesus Christ and become spiritually transformed in Christ. She is married to Randy, the love of her life, and together they enjoy bee keeping, motorcycle rides, biking and camping. Patty also enjoys candle making, triathlons, running half marathons, books and music. Hebrews 12:1-3 really speaks to her.

Tim Snow

Pastoral Care Minister

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Ashley Strange

K-4th Grade Children's Director

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Ashley serves as the K-4th grade Children’s Director. She is a graduate of Johnson University Tennessee. Ashley loves spending time outdoors, cheering on the VOLS, getting to know new people, and antique shopping. She also loves to do mission work and travel! One of her favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 2:10.

Mike Wallace

Senior Associate Minister

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Mike serves as FCC's Senior Associate, working closely with the Senior Minister and Elders, teaching, and coordinating staff ministry efforts. Originally from Huntington, West Virginia, he is a graduate of Johnson Bible College. Mike and wife Tracie have three children - Ethan, Erin & Emma. He enjoys golf and laughing with his kids. John 10:10 is Mike's favorite verse. Follow Mike on Twitter @MWplus4.

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