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.
Helen Earls is the Program Coordinator for the church. Some of her duties include overseeing Crossroads Center and all of the activities that take place there, working with the committees of the church and coordinating ministries and activities. She is married to Bill Earls and they have seven children and many grandchildren.
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.
Chaz and his wife Kate have joined us from Lincoln, IL, where he attended Lincoln Christian University. Chaz holds a bachelors degree in youth ministry and is currently pursuing a masters of religious education. He has a passion of empowering families and helping young people understand and grow their relationships with Jesus. In his spare time, he likes to read, spend time with friends, and play Mario Kart.
Amy Casto is the nursery attendant and has held this position since 2009. She is employed with Pikeland Community School. Amy is married to Lloyd and they have three children: Alyssa, Delanie and Caden. In her spare time Amy enjoys reading and cooking.
Children First Director
Jen joined First Christian Church in January of 2014 as our assistant director of Children First, and became our director in July of 2014. Jen graduated from Hawkeye Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Child Development in 2001. She is certified in first aid and CPR and has experience working in early childhood settings since receiving her degree. Jen and her husband Justin live in Pittsfield with their two sons, Jameson and Joel.
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.
Rod is a former
student and has completed two years at Lincoln Christian University. Having played drums in the worship band for several years and acting as one of our middle school small group leaders, Rod was brought on staff to assist with worship, youth ministry, and general office items. From week to week he can be found taking care of office tasks, playing music in the gym, and washing the rest of the staff's cars.
Megan is part of our part-time nursery attendant staff, and joined us in 2016. Mother of 3, she takes care of our little ones who aren't quite old enough to be a part of our
curriculum. In her spare time, Megan enjoys watching her children play and perform.