First Christian Church

Our Staff

 

Office Open 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Monday-Friday
Person Contact Hours
     
Karen Merrick
Pastor
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Martin Cadmus
Bookkeeper
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Heather Woods
Coordinator of Music Ministry
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Brian Woods
Organist

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Linda Kupper
Secretary
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M-F 8:30-3:30

Angela Cheney
Small Group Coordinator
Social Media Coordinator

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Rev. Karen Merrick, Pastor

Karen has been with FCC for twenty years now.  She graduated from Lexington Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1986 and was ordained that summer.  She has served Churches in Rushville, Decatur and now Peoria. Karen has three daughters. 

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Martin Cadmus, Bookkeeper

Marty has not only been our bookkeeper but he has designed many of the computer programs that enables our stewardship and finance department to stay up to date on a month to moth basis.  He has also designed many of the databases we use in the church office.

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Heather Woods, Coordinator of Music Ministry

Heather is married to Brian Woods and has two sons and one daughter. She received a Bachelors and Masters degree in music from Western Illinois University. Heather coordinates the music ministry of the church and directs the sanctuary choir, jubilate ringers, and praise team.

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Brian Woods

Brian comes to First Christian Church with years of church music experience. He began his church organ career at the age of eleven and has been playing ever since. Brian graduated from Millikin University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Music Education. While at Millikin, Brian studied organ with Dr. Stephen Widenhofer for three and a half years. Brian later received his Masters of Arts degree from Western Illinois University in 2005, and subsequently, met his future wife as well. After moving to Canton, Illinois and marrying Heather, Brian took the Music Ministries position at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton, and later also became the organist. He remained there until he was offered the position of organist at First Christian Church in Peoria. Brian enjoys the opportunity to attend church with his wife Heather and his three children.

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Linda Kupper, Administrative Secretary

Linda truly cares about First Christian and does everything she can to make members, staff and visitors feel like they are her priority. She is married to Alan Kupper and has two sons.

 

Angela Cheney, Small Group Coordinator & Social Media Coordinator

Angela creates, supports, and sustains programs that are designed for small groups to share mutual interests. The desired goal is that those who participate in small groups will find their faith enriched.

Angela also has responsibility for the online presence of FCC. She utilizes various social media such as the website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and others to share the mission and ministry of our church with the community and beyond.