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  • DARIN MIRANTE - Lead PASTOr

    dmirante@firstchurch.me


    Darin graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with a degree in counseling. He has served at First Church since 2001. He enjoys traveling with his wife, playing basketball, reading, coffee, and golf. Chipotle and March Madness are 2 more things he enjoys...but they deserve their own categories

  • Tommy Baker - Executive Pastor

    tbaker@firstchurch.me


    Tommy has served First Church as her executive pastor since 2005. He has served First Church in various roles since 1981. He is a 1981 graduate of Kentucky Christian College and received his M.A. from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. He loves golf (hacker status) and UK Basketball. Tommy has a passion for leading others to know, worship and serve Jesus Christ.


    He and his wife Janet have two children, Seth and Hannah and have recently become grandparents with the addition of their granddaughter in 2011.

  • Josh brown - worship pastor

    JBROWN@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Josh has served at First Church since 2008. He graduated from Cincinnati Christian University where he met his wife Heidi. Heidi and Josh have three children.


    Josh has the heart of an outdoorsman and loves to be out in the woods. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and shooting, and loves being a dad to his awesome kids.

  • L.D. Campbell - Pastor Emeritus

    lcampbell@firstchurh.me

    L. D. was the lead pastor at First Church of Christ for 38 years, beginning in 1972 after serving in ministry in several churches in Tennessee and Virginia. L.D. has written two books, The Lookout and The Christian Standard and serves on the boards of trustees of many organizations and missions across the world. He is largely responsible for the tremendous growth which First Church has enjoyed since his ministry began. He was bestowed with the title Pastor Emeritus in early 2018 in recognition of his contributions to First Church.

    L.D. graduated from Johnson Bible College and earned a master’s degree from the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. L.D is married to his lovely wife Joyce (Johnson Bible College class of 1963). They have two daughters, Jennifer Rhea Clause, and Jonnie Lea Faust, and four grandchildren.

    L.D. continues to speak at First Church and other churches as a guest pastor.

  • Michelle Gambrel - Kid's Academy Director

    MGAMBREL@firstchurch.me

    Michelle is the Director of Kid's Academy Christian Preschool. She has served at First Church since 2002. Michelle graduated from Conner High School in 1991 and received her bachelors degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Services from NKU


    She married her high school sweetheart in 1995, and they now reside in Burlington with two children and an "adopted" nephew. Michelle enjoys coaching basketball and playing taxi for her busy children!

  • Brian Heckber - Outreach Pastor

    BHECKBER@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Brian has served at First Church since 2004 and serves in the areas of outreach, guest services and new members. He graduated from Cincinnati Christian University. He loves working in the yard and woodworking. He and his wife, Kelly have been married since 2000 and they have one daughter.

  • Julie Flanagan- Director of CHILDREN'S ministry

    jflanagan@firstchurch.me

    Originally from northern Indiana, Julie is a graduate of Indiana State University and former corporate pilot. She and her husband Ben have 3 terrific sons. Julie is passionate about helping kids develop a personal relationship with Jesus. She enjoys exploring faith with kids to help them discover how to know, worship and serve God. Julie is an avid reader and enjoys flying, scrapbooking and play time with her family.  


  • Nick James - Burlington Student Pastor

    njames@firstchurch.me

    Nick James has been with Student Ministry at First Church since 2015.  He has a passion for teaching students the truths about the Bible and investing relationally into their lives.  Nick is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Alex, and they both enjoy attending Reds games together.  Nick loves disc golf, reading, and Chipotle!

  • Austin Knight - Union Campus Student Pastor

    aknight@firstchurch.me

    Austin Knight has been with First Church since February of 2017. He leads our Student Ministry at our Union Campus. Austin enjoys spending time with students and pointing them towards Jesus. 

    Austin is also an avid fisherman and hunter and spend a lot of his free time outside. 

  • Jenny Leach - Serve director

    jleach@firstchurch.me

    Jenny has had the privilege of working on several teams here at First Church since 2006.  As the Serve Director, her Joy is to help people find their Sweet Spot in making an impact in the community. Jenny's excitement for engaging other's in serving is contagious! 


    She Lives in Florence with her husband and two beautiful daughters. 

  • Rick Lowry - Spiritual Growth Pastor

    rlowry@firstchurch.me

    Rick's been spiritual growth pastor at First Church in Burlington KY since November of 2011. His favorite part of church is seeing people grow in small groups. He enjoys writing, reading thoughtful fiction (favorite C.S. Lewis), watching independent films (favorite "Lars and the Real Girl") and hanging out with his amazing wife, Becky. They have two children, Amanda and Bryant, who are, Rick says, two of the world's greatest children -- having inherited talent and character from their mom.

  • Eric MacDonald - Union Campus & student Worship Leader

    emacdonald@firstchurch.me

    Eric has been with First Church since May of 2011, after graduating from Cincinnati Christian University.  Eric’s passion is to create an atmosphere for energetic and genuine worship.  He is happily married to his wife Jess and enjoys hockey, movie trivia, and an unhealthy amount of donuts!

  • Jeff Martin - director of pastoral care

    JMARTIN@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Jeff has been a member of First Church since 1965. He has served First Church as Deacon, Elder and currently as Director of Pastoral Care. Jeff and his wife Dee have been active in the choir as well as a stage singer in the Trio service. Jeff has had the privilege of serving on many mission trips and encourages others to go if at all possible. An avid UK fan he looks forward to many more banners being hung in Rupp Arena. In 2012 Jeff concluded a 37 year law enforcement career having retired as Captain at the Boone County Police, Asst. Chief at Northern Kentucky University and Parole Officer for the State of Kentucky by joining the staff at First Church. Jeff is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Southern Police Institute and Northern Kentucky University. He married the love of his life, Dee in 1974 they have one daughter Dee Amber Overstreet and two granddaughters Vera and Violet, he would love to tell you about them!

  • Benjamin Moore - Multimedia Director

    bmoore@firstchurch.me

    Benjamin graduated from Cincinnati Christian University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. He has served at First Church since 2005. He enjoys working on his many projects from old cars to motorcycles and even earned his second degree blackbelt in Taekwondo.

  • Sheri Sautter - Union Campus CHILDREN'S Director

    ssautter@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Sheri has served as the Union’s Children’s Director since 2016.  She has been married to her husband, Eli, for twelve years and has two beautiful children, Kayden (7) and Kendall (3).  Sheri and her family have attended FCC since 2010.  Her passion is leading children and seeing them learning and growing and developing impactful, lifelong relationships!  Sheri has over fourteen years of teaching experience and working with children!  Sheri has a Masters Degree in Education and is a Certified Child Life Specialist. She loves spending time with her precious family and friends making memories, serving our community, working out, being outdoors, reading, and traveling!

  • Lisa Sebald - DIRECTOR of Early chldhood

    Lsebald@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Lisa has been serving and attending First Church since 1999. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from NKU, and has been partnering with families and loving on children for 19 + years. Lisa has been married to her husband, Mike, for 30 years and they have three children, Austin, Jordan, and Kendall. Lisa is passionate for empowering our children to know God made them, God loves them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever. She loves to spend time with family and friends and enjoys making wonderful memories, and being thankful for the love, laughter, and hope that comes from living life together in Him.

  • Eric Tripp Missions/Outreach Director

    etripp@firstchurch.me

    Eric has served at First Church since 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and former missionary to the Philippines. He loves working in the yard and any reason to be outside. He and his beautiful wife, Diana, have a wonderful daughter and son.

  • Nate Verst - mens ministry & young adults

    NVERST@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Nate began work at First Church in 2014, shortly after completion of a degree in Biblical and Theological studies from Boyce College in Louisville. Nate's desire is to reach people with the gospel of Christ, to the glory of God. Nate is involved in life groups, young adults, men's ministry, prison ministry, and biblical counseling here at FC. He loves the outdoors, reading good books, and gardening. Nate has a wife and three children and is daily challenged by Philippians 2:3. 

  • Tracy Wakefield - womens & prayer ministry

    twakefield@firstchurch.me

    Tracy Wakefield leads both Women's and Prayer Ministries at First Church. Tracy feels blessed to be able to devote herself to full-time ministry now that her three sons are grown. She has led many church-wide initiatives as a volunteer (MOPS, Guest Services and multiple capital campaigns) and also worked in advertising, having earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University. Tracy and her husband Rad have been members at First Church since moving from Minneapolis in 1996.

  • Jason west - Union campus pastor

    jwest@firstchurch.me

    Jason started as the Union campus pastor in September, 2016. He & his wife Yvette have been members of First Church since 2006 and have attended the Union campus since its opening in 2014. He and Yvette have been married for 20 years and have 2 daughters, Audrey and Eliza. Upon graduating from Kentucky Christian, Jason taught in middle-grades education for the next 20 years before coming to First Church.   

  • Ralph Wilmhoff - Director of Operations

    rwilmhoff@firstchurch.me

    Ralph has been serving at FCC since July 2005 and graduated from CCU in 2000. He is married to Krista and has 3 kids, Katie, Sam and Michael

  • CINDY GAMBLE - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATIVE                                   ASSISTANT

    CGAMBLE@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Cindy has been a member of First Church since 1974.  She and her husband Bill were married at the old church on US 42, by Randy Snyder and have been married 45 years.  They have two children, Brandy and Daniel and four grand-daughters.  Over the years Cindy has been involved in Children’s Church, co-leader of a Youth Group, leader in Joybell Choir, member of Guest Services, taught in Women’s Bible Study, and been on a Mission Journey.  Cindy now leads the Friendship Sunday School Class in all of its “fun” activities.   Cindy retired from Banking in 2015 and came to work part-time at First Church in 2017.  Cindy is an avid quilter and past president of the Stringtown Quilters Guild.  

  • amy larsen - worship assistant

    alarsen@firstchurch.me

    Amy has served in Worship Ministries in various churches for the past 30 years, planning and leading worship services. She currently serves as the Worship Assistant to the Worship Pastor, assisting in the administration of people and services.

  • Mark Jensen - Facilities Maintenance

    MJEnsen@firstchurch.me

    Mark has been a member of FC since 2000, serving in Facilities Maintenance. Mark has been married to Dalynn (our Union Campus Administrator) since 1986 and he and Dalynn have two children, Jennifer and Daniel. Mark holds BS and MA degrees, is a retired 20-year veteran of the US Navy (Commanding Officer-Naval aviator) and currently is a pilot for Delta Airlines. He is also a very active leader in the Boy Scouts of America.

  • Liz Van Dyke - administrative Assistant

    lvandyke@firstchurch.me

    The Van Dyke family has been attending First Church, Burlington campus, since 2012. Chris and Liz were married in 2005 and have two wonderful children, Ana and William.  Previously Liz worked in retail management, enjoyed being a stay at home mother, and indulged in the silence of the Kenton County Public Library reference desk before joining the church staff in August, 2016 as an Administrative Assistant providing support to the Outreach, Missions, and Serve Ministries. She enjoys time with family, baking and giving gifts.

  • Andrea driskell - receptionist

    adriskell@firstchurch.me

    Andrea has served First Church as the Receptionist since 2010 and as a preschool teacher for Kids Academy since 2012. She has been a preschool teacher for over 16 years and is passionate about teaching children, especially about God. She and her husband Jim attend First Church’s Trio services and are Members of Hebron Church of Christ, where they lead the Worship & Youth Programs. They have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren.

  • Faye Wainscott - operations assistant

    fwainscott@firstchurch.me

    Faye has been serving in various ministries at First Church since helping to coordinate the Touching Tomorrow Today campaign in 1999. She retired as L.D. Campbell’s assistant but rejoined the staff about a year later on a part-time basis working in the Operations area. Faye has been married to Blaine for 49 years and has three children – Rob, Allison and Stephanie. 

  • Winnie Walston - Leadership ministry administration and office manager

    wwalston@firstchurch.me

    Winnie has the honor of working alongside wonderful, Godly people at First Church since July, 2001, as an assistant to Darin Mirante & Tommy Baker, along with being the Office Manager. She and her husband Doug, have attended First Church since 1973. Winnie has a love for God and His people and has been on several mission journeys and currently serves in the Women’s Ministry. Her next greatest love is Doug, her children & grandchildren.  

  • Donna Abner - Custodian

    dabner@firstchurch.me

    Donna has worked at First Church for 5yrs. and has been a member of First Church since 1987. Donna has a son Justin Abner. She comes from a big family has 5 sisters and one brother.

  • Dave Jump - Custodian

    djump@firstchurch.me

    Dave Jump has been an important and valued member of the First Church family since 1980. Dave is married to Sherrie and they are the parents of a daughter, Shanna.

  • Gary griesser - pastor and worship leader of the trio service

    ggriesser@firstchurch.me

    Gary Griesser is a lifetime resident of Burlington, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the Boone County School system, Georgetown College and The University Of Kentucky. He holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in School Counseling and School Administration. He worked as a Professional Educator for 27 years then began a new career as a Motivational Speaker. He has made motivational presentations in 47 states.

    Throughout his high school and college days, he worked in several churches as music and youth director. He joined the staff of First Church as Business Manager where he led two capital campaigns, over saw the construction of the First Center and has subsequent work at First Church as Construction Manager of the Baker Student Building. Gary is in his eighth year as pastor and worship leader of the Trio Service at First Church.

    Gary has been an active member of the Florence Rotary Club for over 30 years.

    Gary is married for nearly 53 years to Marie Dash. They have two sons: Keith and Kevin and seven wonderful grandchildren.

  • Cheryl Dauwe - Receptionist

    CDauwe@firstchurch.me

    Cheryl is a member of First Church and has served as a greeter for 10 years. She has been working with First Church for 2 years and previously worked at Cengage Learning for 31 years. She has 2 boys, DJ & Robby, and 2 grandchildren, Kiana & Landon. Cheryl enjoys entertaining, reading and playing games, especially euchre which she has played with a group for 20+ years.