ABOUT US



OUR MISSION

We are a church willing to do whatever it takes to KNOW and SHOW God’s love to every person in our region. 

We may have a casual environment but we have a serious faith.



WHAT WE BELIEVE


The Bible 


The Bible is the inspired word of God

and therefore completely true.

(2 Timothy 3:15-17,

1 Thessalonian 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21)  ​​​​​​​

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The Trinity 


The one true God, creator of all that is, revealed Himself through the trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. 

(Deuteronomy 6:4, Isaiah 43:10-11,

Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22) ​​​​​​​

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Jesus Christ 



Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose from the dead. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life and died on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven. Through His resurrection from the dead, we who believe now have hope and the promise of everlasting life.

(Matthew 1:21, Hebrews 7:26, 1 Cor.5:3,

Luke 24:39, I Cor. 15:4)

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Salvation


All of us have sinned and fall short of God’s hope for us. The forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to anyone who believes in Christ and accepts His forgiveness through faith and trust in Him.

This gift is free and can not be earned.

(Gen.1:26-27, 3:6, Rom. 5:12-19, John 3:3,

Rom. 10:13-15, Eph. 2:8, Titus 3:5-7)

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The Church


Christ followers are called to live their lives for God by being obedient to His Word, the Bible. The primary role of the church is to encourage and help people live this way.

(Ephesians 4:24, Titus 2:12, 1 Peter 1:15-16, Hebrews. 12:14,

Romans. 12:1-2, Matthew 28:19-20, Galatians 2:20) 


OUR TEAM




Brian Grow


Brian has been the lead pastor of First Christian Church since 2012. His focus on practically teaching the Word of God in dynamic and creative ways is one of the hallmarks of his ministry. Using his gifts in communication and leadership, Brian leads the ministry team to relentlessly pursue the vision fo reaching the entire region for Christ. As he often says, "We are not focused on who we are trying to keep but rather who we are trying to reach!" This outreach focused strategy, combined with a congregation committed to welcoming and loving every person in every walk of life, has helped the churched grow from 300 to 1200 in just 4 years. As he reminds the ministry team nearly every day, "The main thing is to keep the main thing, the main thing."


He and his wife Jennifer have four children who all serve together in ministry. Brian received his BA in Theology and Biblical studies from Central Bible College (Springfield, MO) and is currently working on his Master's degree in Christian leadership. His free time is filled with wood working, hunting, mountain climbing, 4 wheeling with his kids, and getting lost on a country drive with his wife and their favorite beverage; coffee.



Jeff Hall


Jeff joined the staff in March 2014 and is the Executive Pastor of Family Ministries. Jeff has a background in many areas of ministry but the majority of his ministry years where with students. Before coming to FCC, Jeff was the lead pastor of a church plant, Reflections Church, in Citrus Springs, FL. One of his gifts is being an encourager to all that he comes in contact with. He has a smile on his face and never meets a stranger. Jeff is an evangelist at heart and no matter if it is the ball field or the auditorium he loves to share Jesus with others in a passionate way.


Jeff and his wife Shannon have two kids, Kelcie and Kaleb. Jeff has a Master's Degree in Christian Education and is currently working on a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Counseling. His free time consist of fishing, playing and coaching sports, shopping with his wife, and spending quality time with his kids in their extra activities (dance, cheer, baseball, and basketball). 



Randal Butler


As the Worship Pastor, Randal uses his passion for music to lead the church in worship. He has an awesome team that loves pouring their hearts out to the Lord. Randal joined our staff in July 2014. Randal and his wife, Renee, are the founders of the Joseph House, a ministry located here in Dyersburg that helps guide and disciple young men with the hope that they can stand firm in their faith.


In Randal's free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, their four children and their grandchild. He enjoys writing songs, watching live music, playing NBA 2K, watching documentaries, eating sushi and mexican food.



Mychal Hunt


As Jr. High Pastor, Mychal gets to walk life with Jr.High students by building relationships through sharing The Gospel of Jesus Christ and discipleship. Whether it's a goofy game or a serious talk that he's having with the students, being a part of their lives is very special to him.


He is passionate about students coming to know Jesus Christ. He wants students to encounter that Love that he experienced when he met Jesus as a teenager. It's life changing.

He is also passionate about sports and music. He a HUGE Lecrae, LeBron James, and Tom Brady fan!!! 


His hobbies are playing basketball with his friends, writing music, and going to support students at different sporting events.





Greg Bryant


Greg Bryant has been the Children's Pastor at FCC since July 2013. He has worked with children and youth for over twenty years as a pastor, youth worker, and coach. Greg believes that his ministry is to partner with the parents to help with the spiritual growth of their children. Together with the families, he can help plant the seed and help it grow during their time in the children's ministry.


Greg is a native of Norcross, Georgia who graduated from Cincinnati Christian University in 2001. He is married to his beautiful wife, Cindy, and has three wonderful children, Bailey, Garrison, and Ryleigh. Some of Greg's hobbies are playing video games, trying not to get hurt in sports, and cheering for his teams: Indiana Hoosiers, Georgia Bulldawgs, and Atlanta Braves.



Amy Leake


As the Discipleship Mentor of Student Ministries, Amy loves to help the students walk out their Spiritual journey through a mentor relationship of love, understanding and trust. All kids need someone they can go to for anything and Amy desires to be that person for all of our youth or to at least help them find that person. Her mentor program is built of several adults, young adults and high school mentors that have the same passion for living life with our students as Amy does. 


Amy joined our staff in September 2015. Amy is happily married to her husband, Jason, and together they have three daughters, two dogs, and a cat. They reside in Newbern and have always loved their small town community and schools. She enjoys movies and family time. Her passion is to walk along side of broken families and counsel them into peaceful co-parenting together and educate on blending families.



Kim Whitson


Kim Whitson joined the FCC Staff in September 2016 as director of preschool and senior adult ministries. Kim has been a volunteer with preschool children for more than 30 years.  Kim loves to sew seeds of faith into the soft hearts of preschoolers.  She values each child's individuality as God created them. She organizes the lesson plans, crafts, games and music for our preschool department.  She also schedules and coordinates the volunteers for each service.  The preschool volunteers are vital to our great program.  


Kim also ministers to the senior adults at FCC.  She considers it a privilege to come along side our senior pastors to love, visit, and pray for our senior adults.  She plans events and outreach opportunities for the senior adults.


Kim is married to Allen Whitson and they have 2 adult children, Megan Barker and Seth Whitson.  Kim loves the outdoors and enjoys camping and hiking. The family has several pets Duke, a German Shepherd mix, Daisy, a West Highland Terrier, 8 chickens, and a goldfish. In her spare time, Kim loves to bake and garden.  



Denise Brooks


As the Business Administrator, Denise protects and maintains all assets of FCC, financial and physical and also oversees Human Resources for the staff. She began attending in May of 1998 and joined our staff in 2003. She is passionate about making FCC excellent in all areas so that the focus can be placed on the lost and hurting in this community. She loves serving on the Worship Team and helping to lead others into the presence of the King!


Denise is married to Lynn and has a daughter, Lauren, a son, Drew, daughter-in-law, Heather and grand-daughter, Kendall. She loves family time, gardening and college football in the fall.

Roll Tide!



Jeannette Lumley


Jeannette Lumley is the Director of First Impressions at First Christian Church. She coordinates the volunteers for parking, security, greeters, ushers, and so much more. She is in charge of following up on any next step you mark on your connection card. She is honored to help navigate that process. Her goal is to make sure all first time guests feel welcomed, involved, and loved. She loves getting new volunteers plugged in and seeing them grow in that ministry. Jeannette has been a part of the FCC team since March of 2016, but has been attending the church since 2001.


When Jeannette isn’t cheering for LSU, she is spending time with her husband, Logan, outdoors. They are usually hunting, riding four-wheelers, or spoiling their miniature schnauzer, Astro. They enjoy being active, hosting events for their friends & family, and traveling.




Holly McCall


Holly McCall is the Director of Communications at First Christian Church and has been a part of the team since August 2015. She is responsible for developing communication strategies that help advance our main thing – reaching those who are lost and help them take their next step to life change. 


Holly is married to her middle and high school sweetheart, Marc McCall, who serves on the FCC team as well. They have two beautiful girls, Lily Beth and Jovi. As a family, they enjoy spending quality time together playing games, playing outside, hanging out with family and friends, and their main hobby is Go-Kart racing! 



Marc McCall


As the Media Director, Marc McCall has a wide range of responsibilities that include everything from video editing and graphic design to information technology and introducing new ways to use technology to advance the Gospel. 


Marc joined the staff in March of 2015. Before coming to FCC, Marc served as a Student Pastor for 4 years. He is married to Holly, who is the Director of Communications. They have 2 girls, Lily Beth (LB) and Jovi. Marc has had a full range of hobbies, all revolving around something with a motor. His next thing to tackle will be dirt track racing. For all other info, check out Holly's bio.




Jamie Grady


As the Creative Arts Director, Jamie Grady works to use stage design, dramas, sermon illustrations, graphics, and video production to point FCC's message straight to Christ. People's souls are spoken to in different ways and the creative team is fully focused on making multiple paths for Christ's light shine down.


Jamie joined the staff in April 2015 after she graduated from Nursing School. Besides her ministry, she is passionate about foreign missions, cold weather, sushi, outdoor adventures, eating shaved ice, hot tubs, playing competitve soccer, and her really cool family. The number one thing on her bucket list is to cuddle with a full grown tiger. She is married to a police officer and they have two kids, Emry and Deakon.



Erik Larson


Erik joined the FCC Staff in August 2017 as the Studio 45 Pastor (4th and 5th graders) .  Erik has a passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with kids through praise and worship songs , silly games and Bible Study.  Erik's Goal is to reach as many families as possible through their kids for Jesus.  Erik joined FCC in July 2015 and served in the Wednesday Night Live Children's Ministry before joining the FCC Staff.

       

Erik is married to Angel who is the Administrative Assistant at FCC.  They have four children that live at home, Noah, Ryan, Baylee, and Ashlynn and two adult children who do not live at home, Jeff and Sabrina.  They have two granddaughters, Sophia and Alice, they also do not live at home.  Erik holds a Master Degree in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Youth and Children's Ministry from Grand Canyon University and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

         

In Erik's free time he enjoys spending time with his family camping and hiking, taking trips to the Great Smoky Mountains, roller coasters at Dollywood, and supporting the kids activities, (Dance, Cross Country, Track and Field, and Basketball). 



Angel Larson


As the Administrative Assistant, Angel Larson is the point person for organizing, mailing, shopping for supplies, running errands, etc. She is also the person who greets you over the phone. Angel enjoys talking with others and making them feel welcome in order to grow God’s Kingdom. Angel has been a part of FCC team since November of 2016, but has been attending since 2015.


Angel and her husband Erik have four children at home - Noah, Ryan, Baylee, and Ashlynn. Angel has a Master’s Degree in Education and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Christian Counseling of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in Gatlinburg with her family and hiking the mountains. She also enjoys spending time with her family and their extracurricular activities like dance, cheer, cross-country, and soccer. 



Robyn Cantrell


Robyn Cantrell is Campus Care at First Christian Church. She strives to keep the campus clean and tidy. She loves that she can work and can contribute to the seemingly small things so people can focus on the main thing, Jesus Christ! She has attended FCC since December 2015 and has been on staff since March 2017.


Robyn is married to her super awesome husband Cody. They are beyond blessed to call themselves the parents of two of the greatest little boys ever, Camden and Jax! She values her home being open to the children in her community and considers it a great blessing that God chose her to be surrounded by them! She loves a good book, a cup of coffee, and whole lotta' Jesus!.





Logan Alsup


Logan Alsup is the Director of Student Worship Arts. He is responsible for leading, organizing, and planning worship and creative elements to be used in student ministry.  Logan attended Freed-Hardeman University and received degrees in Education and Kinesiology.


Logan began attending FCC in June of 2015 and came on staff May of 2017. Before attending FCC Logan was on staff at several other churches working with their youth. He is engaged to the lovely Natasha and they have two children Austin and Kambreigh. His hobbies are playing and writing music, hanging out with his family, playing sports, watching lots of movies with his peeps, and anything ST. LOUIS CARDINAL BASEBALL.





Leroy Moore


Leroy joined the staff as the Facilities Manager

in May 2017.


He uses his passion for Christ in being able to help take care of God's house along with a wonderful staff and very passionate volunteers for our Living /Risen Saviour.


Leroy and his wife Monica began attending FCC in April 2014. They have 4 children; Ashlee, Krystopher, Dale and Paul.

Leroy enjoys fixing and building things and helping Monica with some art and craft projects.