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  • DARIN MIRANTE - Lead PASTOr

    dmirante@firstchurch.me


    Darin grew up in Wabash IN, moved to Cincinnati in 1997, and graduated from Cincinnati Christian University in 2004 with a Master’s degree in counseling. He has served at First Church since 2001 in five different roles over the course of that time. Some of Darin's favorites: Traveling with his wife Emilee and their son, Levi, reading, Chipotle, pickleball, March Madness, and coffee.

  • 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. Tommy has a passion for leading others to know, worship and serve Jesus Christ.


    Tommy loves hiking, golf (hacker status), mountain climbing and UK Basketball.  He and his wife, Janet, have been married since 1981.  They have two adult children, Seth and Hannah, and three precious granddaughters!

  • Donna Abner - Custodian

    dabner@firstchurch.me

    Donna has worked at First Church since 2013, and has been a member of First Church since 1987. Donna has a son, Justin.  She comes from a big family and has five sisters and one brother.

  • Josh brown - Central Communications 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 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. continues to speak at First Church and other churches as a guest pastor.


    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,

  • chad caddell - teaching pastor

    ccaddell@firstchurch.me

    Chad serves as teaching pastor across our First Church 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

    Gclark@firstchurch.me

    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 likes to play golf and help people fix things in his free time. He is married to Amy and they have two children that are cool as heck. 




  • Evan Dallas - trio pianist

    edallas@firstchurch.me

    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

    CDauwe@firstchurch.me

    Cheryl is a member of First Church and has served as a greeter since 2008. She has been working with First Church since 2016.  She previously worked at Cengage Learning for 31 years. She has two boys, DJ and Robby, and two grandchildren, Kiana and Landon. Cheryl enjoys entertaining, reading and playing games such as corn hole and euchre.

  • toni dolwick - next generation administrator

    tdolwick@firstchurch.me

    Toni began volunteering in the office in 1982, and joined the staff full-time in 1988.  She loves working with elementary children, and currently is co-leading a Small Group of 2nd and 3rd graders on Sunday mornings.  She has been involved with Women’s Bible Studies, has been on several mission trips with high school students, worked with our Christmas program serving under-resourced families, and currently has a Life Group that meets in her home.  She loves being involved with the Lord’s work, and encourages others to get involved as well. She and her husband, Bill, have two sons and four grandchildren.  Toni loves to travel!

  • Gina Dugger - Groups associate director

    Gdugger@firstchurch.me

    Gina was raised in San Diego and moved to Cincinnati in1991.  She 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 joined First church in 2019.


    Gina enjoys traveling, reading, going to the beach, and drinking tea while watching HGTV or the occasional episode of “Dateline”.  She and her husband, Duane, have been married since 1986.  They have two grown children, Matthew and Ashley. 

  • Jennifer Elliott - RECEPTIONIST

    jelliott@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Jennifer has been a member of First Church of Christ since 2002, she lives in Burlington with her husband, Todd, and her three children. She has worked in many ministries through the years. She has also worked as a preschool teacher at Kid’s Academy and has just joined the First Church staff part time. In her free time she enjoys watching her kids play sports, activities outside, and loves to redo furniture.

  • CINDY GAMBLE - OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    CGAMBLE@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Cindy and her husband, Bill, began attending First Church in 1972, and were married at the old church on US 42 in 1973.  They have two children, Brandy Hollis and Daniel Gamble, and five granddaughters.  Over the years, Cindy has been involved in various ministries at First Church. She retired from Banking in 2015 and came to work part-time at First Church in 2017.  Cindy is an avid quilter and loves to travel.

  • Michelle Gambrel - Kid's Academy Director

    MGAMBREL@firstchurch.me

    Michelle is the Director of Kid’s Academy Christian Preschool.  She started her journey at FCC as a preschool teacher in 2002 and moved to the director position in 2009.  Michelle graduated from Conner High School where she met and married her high school sweetheart, Greg.  Together they have 3 children, Chester, Taylor and Mason.  


    Michelle has the privilege of being the varsity girls basketball coach at her alma mater.   In her spare time, she loves playing golf with Greg and cooking Sunday lunches for her family. 

  • Derek Gover - Burlington CAMPUS worship pastor

    dgover@firstchurch.me

    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 County campus pastor

    mgraham@firstchurch.me

    Mark was part of the First Church staff from 2002-2011, and returned in 2019 to lead our newest campus in Campbell County.  He is passionate about helping people take 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 three boys and a crazy dog. They are lovers of mountains, adventures, and exploring new places.  

  • Gary griesser - Trio Venue Pastor

    ggriesser@firstchurch.me

    Gary began a relationship with First Church in 1967 as a soloist for Easter and Christmas.  He continued in that role while working as a school administrator in the Boone County School System. Upon retirement from school administration in 1994, he served as Business Manager of First Church for ten years.  In 2010, he became the Worship Pastor for the Trio service. 


    Gary is married to Marie and they have two sons and seven grandchildren. Gary is an active Rotarian, a Director of Heritage Bank, and a Gideon.

  • Johnny Grimes - Campbell county Worship & Student Pastor

    jgrimes@firstchurch.me

    Johnny grew up in the Louisville area and interned at First Church during the summer of 2019. He is currently finishing up his B.A. in Ministry Leadership and Bible in Theology at Johnson University. Johnny has a passion for making people feel known and accepted, helping them find their way back to God in the process. A few of Johnny’s favorites in his spare time are: reading, spending time at coffee shops, listening to music, and watching movies.

  • Brian Heckber - burlington campus pastor

    BHECKBER@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Brian has served at First Church since 2004 and currently serves as the Burlington Campus Pastor.  He loves creating great environments for people to encounter God. 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.

  • Dalynn Jensen- Union Campus Administrator

    djensen@firstchurch.me

    Dalynn has attended First Church since 2000 and began volunteering in the Children’s area. She transitioned into the Children’s Assistant Director position in 2007. She became the Union Administrative Assistant in 2013. She and Mark were married in October, 1986 and have two grown children, Jennifer and Daniel,  and two crazy golden retrievers, monster Molly and goofy Grace.


    Dalynn is involved in Odyssey of the Mind (a creative problem-solving program) and Scouts BSA.  Her passion is helping others.

  • Mark Jensen - Facilities Maintenance

    MJEnsen@firstchurch.me

    Mark has been a member of First Church since 2000, serving in Facilities Maintenance. Mark has been married to Dalynn since 1986, and they 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

    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.

  • Alissa Lancaster - Next Steps Director

    alancaster@firstchurch.me

    Alissa has served with First Church since 2012, and has been a member since 2013.  She served for years as the Ministry Partner for An Old Kentucky Christmas. She and her husband, Danny, have been together since high school and were married in 2006. They reside in Hebron with their boys, Trip and TJ. They find joy in everyday adventures, being outdoors, and exploring new places together.  Alissa holds a degree in Speech Communications from NKU.  She held posts at US Bank for 18 years, focused on Customer Experience and Team Engagement, before stepping out in faith and accepting her position at FC.

  • amy larsen - Central communications assistant

    alarsen@firstchurch.me

    Amy has served in Worship Ministries in various churches for more than 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, as well as the Central Communications Assitant.


    Amy enjoys working out and eating good food.  She and her husband, Dale, have been married for over 30 years.  They are blessed with three children and six granddaughters!  

  • Jenny Leach - world/community impact director

    jleach@firstchurch.me

    Jenny has been part of the First Church team since 2006.  As the World/Community Impact Director, she has the privilege of helping folks connect their unique, God-given gifts and talents to serving opportunities inside the church, in our local communities, and across the world. Jenny's excitement for engaging others in serving is contagious! Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 143:8.  She rises early and uses the morning time to “suit up” spiritually for the day!


    Jenny enjoys walking, hiking and reading.  She lives in Florence with her husband and two beautiful daughters. 

  • Rick Lowry - Groups Ministry pastor

    rlowry@firstchurch.me

    Rick has been the spiritual growth pastor at First Church 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 - Central & Union campus

    Worship pastor

    emacdonald@firstchurch.me

    Eric began serving at First Church in 2011, after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Cincinnati Christian University.  He loves providing an engaging atmosphere for worship, and teaching music to adults and students alike.  


    Eric and his wife, Jess, have been married since 2014, and they love spending time with their daughter, Nellie.  Aside from music, Eric is a self-proclaimed foodie and enjoys hockey and movie trivia.

  • Jeff Martin - Pastoral Care Director

    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 stage singers 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 Anderson, and two granddaughters, Vera and Violet, He would love to tell you about them!

  • Dawn Miller - Campbell County KIDS ministry  director/Administrative assistant

    dmiller@firstchurh.me

    Dawn grew up in Northern Kentucky and has served in children’s ministry and community outreach ministries in the area since 1999.  She and her husband, John, joined First Church in 2017 and serve in fc|kids, First Step, and OKC.  Dawn and John live in Villa Hills and have two daughters and two sons.  Dawn enjoys gardening, reading, biking, working out, and hiking with their German wire-haired pointer.

  • Brittany Mockbee - union campus student director

    bmockbee@firstchurch.me

    Brittany has attended First Church her whole life and grew up through the Next Generation ministries.  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 her 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

    rmueller@firstchurch.me

    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.

  • Elizabeth nuckols - Child Care Coordinator

    enuckols@firstchurch.me

    Elizabeth lives in Burlington with her husband, Chris and their 2 children, Colton & Allie. Her goal as a Child Care Coordinator is to build a team of patient, serving hands that will love on the children while their mommies are in worship and study. 

  • Sheri Sautter - Union Campus CHILDREN'S Director

    ssautter@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Sheri has served as the Union Campus Children’s Director since 2016.  She and her husband, Eli, Have been married since 2005.  They have two incredible children, Kayden and Kendall.  Sheri and her family have attended First Church since 2010.  Her passion is leading children and seeing them learning and growing and developing an impactful, lifelong relationship with Jesus! Sheri has over fourteen years of teaching experience and working with children.  She has a Master’s Degree in Education and is a Certified Child Life Specialist. 


    Sheri loves spending time with her family and friends, serving our community, working out, going on outdoor adventures, reading, and traveling!  She enjoys her morning brew, and Mexican and Italian dining!

  • Lisa Sebald - Early childhood director

    Lsebald@FIRSTCHURCH.ME

    Lisa has been serving and attending First Church since 1999. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from NKU, and has been partnering with families and loving on children for over 20 years. Lisa has been married to her husband, Mike, for 30 years and they have three children, Austin, Jordan, and Kendall. Lisa is passionate about 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

    ssleet@firstchurch.me

    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.

  • Katie sye - Groups Ministry Administrative Assistant

    Ksye@firstchurch.me

    Katie and her husband, Jerome, have been members at First Church since 2013.  They have served in the church by volunteering at OKC as well as Children’s check in for the last several years.  Katie has a degree in Child Development and spent 19 years working in child care before coming to work for First Church.  She is passionate about her four children and focuses on family time and togetherness with them.  She spends time supporting her kids’ activities, entertaining when possible, and perfecting her love for baking.  

  • Eric Tripp - Information technology 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. His favorite color is blue, go figure! He loves playing Pickleball and enjoys anything outside. 

  • 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 World/Community Impact Ministry.  She enjoys time with family, baking and giving gifts.

  • Nate Verst - Groups Associate Pastor

    nverst@firstchurch.me

    Nate began working 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 First Church.  He loves the outdoors, reading good books, and gardening. Nate has a wife and three children, and is daily challenged by Philippians 2:3. 

  • Winnie Walston - Leadership ministry administration and office manager

    wwalston@firstchurch.me

    Winnie has been a member of First Church since 1973 and works with Darin Mirante and Tommy Baker.  Her first love is for God and His people.  Winnie has been on several mission journeys and has led Women's Bible Studies and Small Groups. Her next greatest love is Doug, her children and grandchildren.  

  • Ralph Wilmhoff - Operations director

    rwilmhoff@firstchurch.me

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


    Ralph loves spending time with his family, gardening, woodworking and reading.