Michael Barber, Director of Marketing & Communications
Background: Photojournalist for Suburban News Publications, Columbus Monthly Magazine, Associated Press. Owner Journal Weddings, LLC.
Primary responsibilities: Facilitates all communications needs with an emphasis on editing, writing and photographing for firstnews Monthly and firstnews Sunday and producing the First Edition television program. Produces IMPACT videos for FCchurch.TV and writes for Firstnews-Extra.com
Year employed: 2010
Sally R. Beske, Assistant Organist/Director of Youth Choirs
Educational background: Ohio Wesleyan University, BM in Music Education and Piano Performance; Private organ study with Robert Griffith.
Primary responsibilities: Organist for the 8:30 and 9:45 North Campus worship services, Organist for weddings, Pianist for the Chancel and Chamber Choirs, Director of the Kindergarten Cherub and Junior Choirs, Youth Bell Choirs 1 and 2 and the Youth Vocal Ensemble for Middle and High School.
Year employed: 1995
Leigh Anne Easterling, Director of Early Childhood Ministries and Mary Evans Child Development Center
Contact: Leigh Anne
Educational background: The Ohio State University, BS, Human Ecology, majored in Family and Human Development, specialized in Child Development.
Primary responsibilities: Provide leadership, program vision and support to the Mary Evans Child Development Center, Director of First Community Church Preschool, and Sunday Morning Childcare. Work with Early Childhood Council on events for families with young children. Build relationships between Early Childhood Ministries and other areas of First Community Church.
Pamela Jameson, Director of Facilities Ministry
Educational background: Clark State University, Major in Computer Science
Accreditation’s include completed course work in: Business Management, Managing Customer Service, and Modern Facilities Management.
Primary responsibilities: Manage and provide facilities improvement for building and infrastructure at both First Community Church campuses.
Year employed: 1998
Scot Nicoll, Executive Director of Camp Akita
Educational background: University of Oregon, MS Economics; Williamette University, BA Economics.
Primary responsibilities: Provides leadership in the development, coordination, and implementation of vibrant and visionary programs that enable youth and adult participants to encounter God in fun and faith-based experiences.
Year employed: 2007
Missy Obergefell, Director of Older Adult Ministry
Educational background: University of Dayton, MS in Education for Counseling, BS in Education; post-graduate Gestalt Psychotherapy certification.
Primary responsibilities: Provides direct contact with older adults in the congregation to maintain their connection with the church and minister to their pastoral needs; Assists clergy staff as needed on funerals and services of memory, hospital visitation, and facilitation of support and study groups for older adults.
Year employed: 2010
Julie W. Richards, Director of K-5 Ministry
Educational background: The Ohio State University, B.S. Elementary Education; The Ohio State University, M.A. Reading, Language Art and Literature.
Primary responsibilities: Provides leadership, program vision, and pastoral support to the Children and Youth Ministry Departments, nurturing the personal and spiritual growth and learning of children, youth, families, volunteers, and staff involved in Kindergarten-5th grade ministries at First Community Church. Coordinates church family events, children’s program at Camp Akita.
Year employed: 2013
Paula L. Russell, Director of Congregational Care
Educational background: Sullivan University, MS Conflict Resolution; Capital University, BA Communications/Psychology.
Primary responsibilities: Provides spiritual connections through baptisms, births, hospitalizations, deaths and prayer support in collaboration with the Pastoral Care team. Congregational connection through communication and management of member and visitor information.
Year employed: 1995