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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.

  • Donna Abner - Custodian


    Donna has worked at First Church since 2013, 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.

  • 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.

  • L.D. Campbell - Pastor Emeritus


    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.

  • chad caddell - teaching pastor


    Chad serves as teaching pastor across our FC campuses. Chad received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Morehead State University as well as his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Xavier University. He is a frequent guest speaker at churches and events, with his greatest passion being engaging people who are far from God and seeing them connect in a relationship with Him.

  • Garry Clark - Union campus pastor


    Garry helps lead the Union campus. More than anything, he wants children, students, and families to see and experience the intersection of their story with Jesus’ greater story. Garry was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Cincinnati Christian University and he and his family have served churches in Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Louisville. Garry has been married to Amy since 2003 and have two children that are cool as heck. They also have a crazy English bulldog, Gus.

  • Evan Dallas - trio pianist


    Evan Dallas has been interested in gospel music since he was a child. He carried around a Fisher Price tape player with his favorite recording....Gary Griesser singing patriotic songs! Only God knew the two of them would be working together at the Trio service years later. Evan enjoys fishing and traveling to warm places when it’s not warm here. Praising God and helping others worship through his music is Evan’s top priority and greatest joy. 

  • Cheryl Dauwe - Receptionist


    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.

  • Andrea driskell - receptionist


    Andrea has served First Church as the Receptionist since 2010 and as a teacher for the church’s Kids Academy Preschool since 2012. She has been a preschool teacher since 2002 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 Services. They have 3 sons, 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren.

  • Gina Dugger - Groups associate director


    Gina has been in ministry for over 25 years. She has done youth, college and women’s ministry, but her passion is in the area of discipleship ministry. Gina loves walking beside others while they grow and develop in their walk with Christ.

    Gina and her husband Duane are originally from San Diego. His job with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra moved them to the Cincinnati area in 1991. They have two grown children, Matthew and Ashley. 



    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.  

  • 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!

  • Derek Gover -  Associate worship pastor


    Derek has been a part of the First Church family since he was a kid. He graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2014 with a degree in worship ministries and a minor in student ministries. Aside from playing music, Derek spends his time weightlifting, riding his motorcycle, and fishing.

  • Mark graham - Campbell Coounty campus pastor


    Mark is launching our location in the Ft Thomas/Bellevue area of NKY. His heart is to help people navigate their next steps with Jesus, whether it’s taking their very first step or 100th step. Mark and his wife, Jess, have been married since 2001. They have 3 boys and a crazy dog. They are lovers of mountains, adventures, and exploring new places.  

  • Gary griesser - Trio Venue Pastor


    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.

  • Brian Heckber - burlington campus 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.

  • Katie Hiatt - Special needs director


    Katie and her family joined First Church in 2013. She lives in Union with her husband, Justin, and their four children. She has 18 years of elementary education experience, both in the classroom and as an administrator. Her undergraduate work was done at Thomas More University and she has a master’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Her passion is educating and loving on all children. She loves spending time with her family.

  • 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.

  • Dave Jump - Custodian


    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.

  • 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.

  • Jenny Leach - world/community impact 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 - Groups Ministry 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 Worship pastor


    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 - Pastoral Care Director


    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!

  • Brittany Mockbee - union campus student director


    Brittany Mockbee has attended First Church her whole life and grew up through the Next Generation ministries here. She attended Johnson University, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies ESL Education and Bible. Brittany has spent time living and serving overseas with various missions. During her time abroad, God developed a love for the special needs community and a desire to serve those families. Before joining the staff at First Church, Brittany served in the student and mission ministries.

  • Randy Mueller - technical arts director


    Randy graduated from Greenville University with a degree in Audio Engineering. He is originally from Portage Wisconsin and moved to Kentucky in 2019. In his spare time Randy enjoys playing music and playing video games with friends.

  • 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 - Early childhood director


    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.

  • sarah sleet - children's ministry director


    Sarah grew up in Florence, KY and is a graduate of Boone County High School, Cumberland College, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She has a desire to share her love of studying the Word of God and has a passion for teaching children the importance of deciding to follow Jesus and knowing God through His Word. Sarah is also passionate about encouraging and equipping parents to be purposeful and intentional in the spiritual training of their children. She would describe herself as a kid-magnet and a baby-whisperer. She has a beloved cat named Coney and her favorite color is red.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nate Verst - Groups Associate Pastor


    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. 

  • Faye Wainscott - operations assistant


    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


    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.  

  • Jason west - Next Generation 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 - Operations director


    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