Paul Anderson, Executive Director of Operations
Educational background and professional background: University of Evansville (IN); B.S. Business Administration, Certified Public Accountant since 1981.
Primary responsibilities: Provides leadership to all operational aspects of First Community Church, with specific responsibilities over finance, human resources and facilities.
Year employed: 2018
Sally R. Beske, Associate 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 worship services and weddings, pianist for the Chancel and Chamber Choirs, Director of the K-12 vocal choirs (Cherub Choir, Junior Choir and Youth Vocal Ensemble) and Youth Bell Choirs 1 and 2.
Year employed: 1995
C. Andrew Blosser, Interim Director of Music
Educational background: The Conservatory of Music at Capital University, BM in Music Education; The Ohio State University, MM in Voice Performance and DMA in Voice Performance.
Primary responsibilities: Direct the Chancel and Chamber Chancel Choirs and program music for Sunday and other worship services.
Year employed: 2019
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
Sarah C. Kientz, Minister to Camp Akita and Young Adults
Education: Vanderbilt Divinity School, MDiv; Washington and Lee University, BA in English, concentration in Poverty and Human Capability Studies.
Primary Responsibilities: Oversee Camp Akita’s spiritual messaging, faith development, and pastoral care; develop young adult ministry beyond summer camp season.
Year employed: 2010-2016; 2019
Bobbi Mueller, Director of North Campus Administration & Camp Akita Operations
Educational background: Bowling Green State University, B.S. Management Information Systems & Marketing
Primary responsibilities: Manage North Campus administration and FCC Information Technology. Develop and manage operational support for all programs of Camp Akita.
Year employed: 2006
Year employed: 2018
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 and training in organizational consulting for non-profits.
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-12 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-12th 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. Maintains congregational connection through communication and management of membership records and visitor information. Staff liaison to the Congregational Care Council.
Year employed: 1995
Linda J. Silva, Director of Stewardship & Development
Education: The Ohio State University, Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, majored in Family Resource Management with a concentration on Marketing & Communications.
Primary Responsibilities: Dual role in providing leadership, vision and innovation with regard to stewardship and engagement opportunities for the First Community Church community, as well as proving leadership and direction for the First Community Foundation. Helping the community at large engage in lifelong Christian stewardship practices that enable us to work God’s purpose out in the world through generosity of our time, talents and treasure.
Year employed: 2018
Lois E. Zook, Worship & Arts Coordinator
Educational background: Hesston College, AA, additional study at Goshen College in Music and Art
Primary responsibilities: Coordinate and facilitate communication to produce all worship services. Manage weekly Chancel Choir rehearsals and services. Oversee all Worship & Arts Department responsibilities including art exhibits, ushers, Friends of Music campaign.
Year employed: 1989