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    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


    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


    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.

  • Michelle Gambrel - Kid's Academy Director


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


  • Eric Tripp Missions/Outreach Director


    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


    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


    Tracy Wakefield leads Women's Ministry and Prayer Ministry here at First Church. Tracy, her husband Rad and their three boys have been part of First Church since 1996. Over the years she has volunteered in many areas of leadership including Women’s Ministry (coordinator, small group leader and teacher); Mothers of Preschoolers (steering team); and Guest Services (leadership team that created and launched the program). She also helped develop communications in support of church-wide initiatives and capital campaigns.

    Tracy graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BA in advertising and from Northwestern University with a Master’s degree in advertising. She worked at a large advertising agency in Minneapolis, Minnesota for 10 years before moving to Northern Kentucky in 1995. With her three children now in college, Tracy is excited to devote her time full-time to ministry. Tracy’s passion is to help others know that God loves them and has a plan for their life (Jeremiah 29:11).

  • Jason west - Union campus pastor


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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 2 grandchildren.