Staff-First Christian Church


Lead Pastor: Patrick Pence 

Patrick Pence became the lead pastor of First Christian Church in October 2017.
Married for 14 years to Michelle, they have one son, Aiden and one daughter, Addison. Their favorite family getaway is going to the movies together.

Patrick received his B.A. in Communication from Purdue University, his M.A. in Ministry from Grace College and Seminary. Patrick served in the United States Navy in the submarine fleet. 

Patrick comes to First Christian Church from Agape Christian Church in La Porte, IN where he served under senior minister Dr. Rod Nielsen.  

Patrick's passion is to reach people far from God by embracing the power of the Word. (Luke 4:8). 

Real… Relevant… Relational… Warm… Family… These are just some of the words I hear from our guests as they describe their first experience at First Christian Church. I hope you’ll agree!

I want to personally invite you to be our guest this Sunday.  The service lasts about 65 minutes. You’ll experience music, We’ll take communion and receive an offering. Finally, you’ll be challenged by a message taught in a practical way that’s relevant to your life.  If you have children, they’ll hear about Jesus in a fun environment designed just for them.  

My prayer for you is that you’ll find First Christian Church to be a safe and comfortable place where you feel right at home -PASTOR PATRICK

Administrative Executive: Kelly Holland 

Kelly Holland has been the administrative executive for First Christian Church for ten years, and is one of the main strengths of FCC.

She and her husband, Jonathan have one daughter, Brianna. They are members of the congregation who are always willing to help others in any way possible.

Kelly is efficient, thorough, loving and flexible.
She is an asset to FCC and to all that she serves!

Pianist: Betty Ruth Koeninger

Betty Ruth Koeninger is an accomplished pianist who comes to us from a church background which is steeped in music.  

She is a member of the Cumberland County Community Chorus and lends her voice to that choir as well as our choir at FCC.  
She has directed church choirs 
and has played piano in a number of churches.  
She adds a great deal musically to our church.