Michael is our Lead Pastor and has a passion for preaching and teaching God's word. He is also an anointed singer and worship leader. Michael and his wife Renita have one son and two daughters. Michael loves to laugh and spend time with friends and family. His hobbies include fishing, biking, cooking, and creating music. Michael also serves as president of Disciple Heritage Fellowship and as an overseer for First Christian Church of Decatur, Illinois.
Rebecca Rhodes is our Administrative Secretary and has been with us since 2005. She's the smiling face that greets you when you walk in the door. She deals with the day to day operations of the church. She and her husband Richard have two daughters, Haley and Kelly. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding.
Kayla officially came on staff in January of 2017, but has volunteered with First for many years in the area of music. Kayla is in charge of directing our wonderful vesper choir, as well as assisting in planning our weekly worship services. Outside of the adult space, Kayla organizes and directs our youth worship band, discipling band members and molding them into true worship leaders.
Christian Education Director
Kacie Lipcaman joined our staff in September 2018 as Christian Education Coordinator. She will be assisting with Children’s Church, Kids Connection, youth Sunday School and VBS. Kacie and her husband Evan have 4 children: Mackenzie, Lexie, Ryder and Hendricks.
Abby became our Nursery Attendant in 2020. She will be with us during Worship Services and as needed during practices and meetings. The children love Abby and we are excited to have her on staff!
Assistant Event / Student Ministry Coordinator
Sound Technician and Maintenance