Meet Our Staff

Dedicated to meeting the needs of every person that walks into our building. We love Christ and love serving His people.

  • DR. PETE KUNKLE - Senior Pastor

    Pete started First Christian Church in 1987, with a small but faithful group of believers hungry to grow. He’s led FCC through many years of fruitful ministry – impacting the community locally and around the world. Pete and wife, Kathy, have one daughter, Heidi, and one granddaughter, Isabella. Born in Germany, Pete grew up in Ohio. He is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University and the Londen Institute. Fishing and motorcycles are a couple of his favorite activities. Galatians 2:20 is one of his favorite verses. 

    Email: petek@fccministries.com

  • Eddie Schmidt - Executive Pastor

    Eddie joined the staff as Executive Pastor in August 2021 where he oversees all the operations and staff. Originally being from the midwest, Eddie most recently has spent the last several years serving as a pastor in the Orlando area. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies and Preaching from Cincinnati Christian University and a MA in Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Eddie and his wife Samantha have two young children, a son and a daughter. In his free time, Eddie enjoys coffee shops, playing golf, and is a self proclaimed skee-ball player. He can confidently say he’s seen Disney’s Frozen movie over 100 times thanks to his daughter.

    Email: eddie.schmidt@fccministries.com

  • MIKE WALLACE - Teaching Pastor

    Mike serves as FCC's Teaching Minister, working closely with the Senior Minister, preaching, teaching, and managing FCC's Missions efforts. Originally from Huntington, West Virginia, he has a B.S. from Johnson Bible College and a M.S. from Hope International University. Mike and wife, Tracie, have three grown children and one puppy. John 10:10 is Mike's favorite verse. Follow Mike on Twitter @MWplus4.

    Email: mikew@fccministries.com

  • Nick Schultz - Creative Pastor

    Nick was born and raised here in North Carolina and grew up here at First Christian Church. He went to Liberty University where he studied Worship and Technology while serving and traveling to different churches on weekends. Nick moved to Orlando, Florida where he served at a church for 5 years before moving to Georgia where he served as Worship Pastor for 4 years. Nick is married to his beautiful wife, Emily and has two amazing children, a son and a a daughter. Nick is very laid back, loves to chill and hang out with people. Movies are a favorite past time.

    Email: nick.schultz@fccministries.com

  • CRYSTAL SCOTT - Children's Ministry Director (K-5th)

    Crystal serves as the Children's Ministry Director for First Christian. Crystal comes to us with over 20 years of experience working with children and families. She began working for First Christian in 2010 as a teacher in our Early Education program. Crystal is a native of Virginia that moved to Kernersville years ago. She is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family here and in Virginia. Proverbs 19:21 is one of her favorite verses.

    Email: crystals@fccministries.com

  • Heather Havel - Dir. of Early Childhood Ministries  (Birth-5years)

    Heather was born in Greensboro and split her childhood between southwestern Virginia and the Triad. She has lived overseas in Okinawa, Japan where she fell in love with the food and tries to re-create it often. She loves to cook and spend time outside with her children who are 11 and 14. She has a degree in theater and a minor in dance from ECU as well as her early childhood credentials. She can’t wait to use her love of movement and words to bring the fun of God’s word to life for children. Her favorite verse, inspired by the VBS memory verse when her oldest was baptized, is 2 Timothy 1:7. 

    Email: heather.havel@fccministries.com

  • TIM SNOW - Pastoral Care Pastor

    Tim has served on staff at FCC since December 2004. He is now the Pastoral Care Minister serving those in need. He has been married to his wife Sharon since November of 1990 and they have two boys Chris and Taylor. He is an avid sports fan who loves to play golf any chance he gets. His favorite scriptures are Matthew 4:19-20. 

    Email: tim.snow@fccministries.com

  • DAN HIPPLY - FLFC Pastor / Director

    Dan serves as First Christian’s Minister of Fitness Ministry. This role reflects Dan’s heart for fitness and discipleship. He’s been on staff for over 15 years. Dan and wife, Jennifer, have three daughters: Lindsey, Lauren (with the Lord) & Rachel, and a son, Garrett. Originally from Marshallville, Ohio, Dan is a graduate of Kentucky Christian College and the Londen Institute. Dan is passionate about music – both listening and playing. He also loves home-made peanut butter eggs. Philippians 2:1-5 is one of his favorite passages. You can connect with Dan on Facebook.

    Email: danh@fccministries.com

  • Roy Jones - Men's Ministry Pastor

    Roy Jones serves as our Men’s Ministry Director, joining us in the summer of 2019.  He works closely with men of all ages, leading and developing men to a greater calling, one that gets them off of the sidelines to help build the Kingdom and serve others as God created us to do, investing in men’s lives which will then impact their families, their church, their communities and contribute to the mission of breaking down the walls of race and denomination.  These are key passions that God has placed on Roy’s heart.  He is a graduate of NC State, holds a degree in Business, is a full time employee in the market place and has been serving in Men’s Ministry and fellowship for over 13 years.  Roy and his wife Lisa have four beautiful children, Erin, Caleb, Alena and Joshua.  Roy loves to camp, collect knives, and enjoys his time on the farm.  

    Email: mensministry@fccministries.com

  • RACHEL HICKLING - Worship Associate/The Crossing

    Rachel Hickling is a worship leader, award-winning songwriter/composer, and freelance writer from Kernersville, North Carolina. She currently serves as the Worship Pastor at The Crossing Church. Because of her experience growing up in the church in post modern America and her struggles with finding authentic faith, she feels a distinct calling to speak into the lives of women and young adults, to bring healing and restoration through honesty, creativity, and authenticity about relating to the struggles of life and how Christ works through brokenness. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music with a Concentration in Songwriting from Liberty University. 

    Email: rachel.hickling@thecrossingnc.com

  • GREG FELTS - Operations Manager

    Greg is in charge of the team that supports FCCM's operations, including Facilities, Administration, Security, Technology, Aquatics, The Table Food Truck and Food Services. Greg also oversees both of our Preschools. He joined the ministry team in October 2015.

    Email: greg.felts@fccministries.com

  • JOY SMITH - Office Manager

    Joy manages the offices and administrative team for First Christian/TheCrossing. For years, Joy has used her organization and communication skills to keep FCC running smoothly. Joy and husband, Jeff, have two children – Megan & Josh. She is a native of Elkins, West Virginia. Joy enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and crafting. Joshua 24:15 is one of her favorite verses.

    Email: joys@fccministries.com

  • DAWN SCHULTZ - Finance Manager

    Dawn joined our staff in September 2014 after having been a member of the First Christian Church family since 2000. She brings over 15 years of experience in Finance and Administration to direct our Finance/HR needs. Dawn has a daughter, Jessica and a son, Nick, who graduated from Liberty University in August 2014,  Nick serves at the Worship Pastor for River Point Community Church in Northern Georgia.. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:4-9.

    Email: dawns@fccministries.com

  • MARY ROTHROCK - First Christian Preschool Director

    Mary is the Director of First Christian Preschool. She has been working at the preschool for over 14 years, first as a teacher, then as Director for the last year and a half. Mary married her childhood sweetheart in November 2016. She has 2 children and 5 grandchildren.

    Email: mary.rothrock@fccministries.com

  • KENNEY NUTTER - Facilities Director

    Kenney has been a member of FCCM since 1999. He has served as an Elder here for a total of nine years and now joins this team that serves the congregation and the community. He and his staff, along with several volunteers, strive to keep the facilities and grounds safe and looking their best. Kenney teaches the Seekers adult Bible school class. James 1:22 is one of his favorite verses of scripture.

    Email: kenney.nutter@fccministries.com

  • DENA BLAKE - Facilities/Reservations

    Dena serves as FCCM’s Facility Reservations Coordinator and has been a member since 1994. She worked for our Academy for 7 years and began working in the church office in 2013. Dena and husband, Chris, have two children; Nolan and Riley. They are usually on a baseball or softball field and love spending family time hiking, riding bikes and just spending time outdoors. Psalm 91 gives her comfort.

    Email: denab@fccministries.com

  • DEANNA PAYNE - Finance Associate

    Dean-na (pronounced DEEN-nuh) joined the FCCM team in 2007.  She and her husband Jay have 2 children, Mackenzie and Trey.  Dean-na enjoys photography, watching basketball, being outdoors and spending time with family.

    Email: deannap@fccministries.com

  • META PHILEMON - FLFC Administrative Assistant

    Meta has been on staff with First Christian Church since Jan 2007. She is the Administrative Assistant for the Family Life Fitness Center. Meta and her husband, Brian, have one son – Holden. Meta enjoys water skiing, wake surfing, motorcycle riding, camping and photography. One of her favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3

    Email: metap@fccministries.com

  • ELLEN MANTELL - Director of Food Services

    Ellen is the queen of the FCC kitchen! Her ability to bless people through food makes her a very popular member of the team. Ellen and husband Van have two children, Jade and Seth, and one grandchild - Niko.

    Email: ellenm@fccministries.com

  • JOAN RUSSELL- Morning Receptionist

    Walk through the front door and most likely you will be greeted by Joan’s infectious smile. She’s been on the FCC team since 2003. Originally from Maryville Tennessee, Joan is a graduate of the University of Tennessee – and met her husband Ken at the UT library card catalog. Joan and Ken have one daughter – Emily. She enjoys gardening and traveling. Joshua 1:7-9 is one of her favorite verses.

    Email: joanr@fccministries.com

  • SANDY KUENG - Administrative Assistant

    Since 2003, Sandy has used her administrative skills in the church office. Sandy is a native North Carolinian, originally from Sugar Grove NC. Sandy has three children (Trinity, Raini and Drew) and 8 grandchildren. Sewing, reading, and gardening are some of her favorite pursuits, but mostly Sandy loves to spend time with her family. Philippians 2:3-5 is one of her favorite verses.

    Email: sandyk@fccministries.com

  • PATTIE TUTTLE - Afternoon Receptionist

    Pattie has been a member of FCCM since 1999.  She and her husband, Brett, have two adult children and two grandsons.  Pattie enjoys helping others and spending time with family.  Her favorite Bible verse is Psalm 23.

    Email: pattie.tuttle@fccministries.com