First Christian Church,
||Pastor MJ Fitch: A native of Oklahoma,
she has spent much of her life in Texas. She holds a BA in Religion from
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Master of Divinity
from the Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. She has served as a Minister
to Children at South Hills Christian Church in Fort Worth and as a Co-Pastor
with her husband Greg at First Christian Church, Sterling, Colorado and First
Christian Church, Allen, Texas. Pastor Martha-Jean (MJ) has served First
Christian in Galesburg since July 2003.
She and her husband Greg have three children. In her
personal time, Pastor MJ enjoys reading, cross-stitching, playing the piano
||Pastor Greg Fitch: A native of Nebraska, Pastor
Greg has spent much of his life in Colorado. He holds a BA in Religion from
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas and a Master of Divinity
from the Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. He has served as an Associate
Minister at Rosemont Christian Church in Dallas, Texas and as a Co-Pastor
with his wife Martha-Jean at First Christian Church, Sterling, Colorado and
First Christian Church, Allen, Texas. He also served for 3 years as the Associate
Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in
Colorado-Wyoming. Pastor Greg has served First Christian in Galesburg since
He and his wife Martha-Jean have three children. In his
personal time, Pastor Greg enjoys golfing, fishing, reading, cross-stitching,
||Office Manager, Terri Oehlert
and her husband William moved from Iowa to Galesburg
in 1985. William (Swede) is employed by BNSF. They have one son, Ryan, a
17 year old who attends GHS, two cats and a dog. Terri has been employed
by FCC since September of 1989 and has seen many changes and growth in the
church during that time. She loves her job!
||Treasurer/Bookkeeper, Lynda White
is a member of First Christian Church and has been the Bookkeeper since February
2000. She graduated from Galesburg High School. She is a member of the Church
board and Circle 3. She is married with 3 children and one granddaughter.
||Music Director, Cheryl Robbins received
a Bachelor of Music Education degree in piano from Wesleyan Univerity,
and a Master of Music Education degree in voice from Indiana
University. She taught music in elementary schools in Valparaiso, IN, for
6 years, and taught voice part time at Valparaiso University and was
active in local theater while there. Over the years she has had
various jobs playing, directing, and working with children. From 1996 to
2000 she played piano at VonMaur in the Quad Cities and came to be the
music director at First Christian Church in Galesburg in August, 2000.
||Organist, William Jewsbury took organ lessons
from Knox College Professor Dr. James Waddell for four years. He enlisted
in the navy in 1945 and served as organist for the Blue Jackets Choir and
church services while stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Station 1945-46.
While attending the University of Illinois he played for services at Chapel
One at Chanute Air Force Base and evening services at University Place Christian
Church in Champaign,IL. He has played for the Christian Church at Henry,
Illinois; Presbyterian Church in Knoxville,IL and First Baptist Church, Immanuel
Methodist Church, Christian Science Church and First Christian Church in
||Custodian, Roy Toops is a native of Illinois.
He worked at Gale Products for 21 years, and after leaving there started
as the custodian of FCC in October 1984.
Roy is married and celebrates having 4 children, 15
grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He still loves to dance with his
wife, and enjoys baseball (his favorite team is the St. Louis Cardinals).