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 Minister

    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.

  • MIKE WALLACE - Senior Associate Minister

    Mike serves as FCC's Senior Associate, working closely with the Senior Minister and Elders, teaching, and coordinating staff ministry efforts. Originally from Huntington, West Virginia, he is a graduate of Johnson Bible College and Hope International University. Mike and wife Tracie have three children - Ethan, Erin & Emma. He enjoys golf and laughing with his kids. John 10:10 is Mike's favorite verse. Follow Mike on Twitter @MWplus4.

  • DREW GROUNDS - Worship Minister

    Drew, an immensely talented musician and anointed worship leader, has led the First Christian family in worship since early 2010. Originally from Johnston City, Illinois, Drew is married to Sue Ellen. They have two sons – Tyler and Garrett – and Buddy the dog. Drew is a graduate of Kentucky Christian University. He loves Japanese food, the beach, and Arizona. He enjoys hiking and water sports. Drew’s brother is the 3 time “World Champion Goose Caller” (seriously). Psalm 139 is a passage that really speaks to Him. You can follow Drew on Twitter @drewgounds

  • TIM BUSSEY - Main Street Campus Pastor

    Tim has served First Christian since February 1st, 2002. As FCC’s Connections Minister, Tim provides the vital link between God’s servants and Kingdom opportunities. He is originally from Lancaster, OH and a proud graduate of Kentucky Christian University. He and his beautiful wife, Jessica, have four children- Eric, Kylee, Keerstin, and Eden. When Tim is relaxing, he follows very closely his three favorite teams in the world...The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns, and Cincinnati Reds. He also enjoys keeping up with the free movie weekends on Direct TV so he can record all the movies everyone else has already viewed a full year earlier in the movie theater. Romans 12:1-2 is one of Tim’s favorite Bible passages.

  • DOMINICK JENKINS - The Crossing Campus Pastor

    Dom serves as our Campus Pastor at The Crossing – Union Cross Campus. Dom received his B.A in Preaching and Church Leadership from Johnson University Florida in 2017. Originally from Orlando, FL, Dom enjoys playing and watching soccer, discovering new music, and eating chicken wings wherever he can find them! Dom’s goal is to help individuals foster and nurture their relationship with Christ and he finds fulfillment in the spiritual growth of others.

  • LYNN MILLER - Early Childhood Minister (Birth-5years)

    For 10 years, Lynn has directed the ministry to babies, preschoolers, and their parents. Originally from Lexington Kentucky, Lynn is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, and was a nurse before joining the FCC team. She and husband Michael have three children – Ashley (and husband Nathanael), Ian, and Garrett and 4 grandchildren. Lynn enjoys mountain biking, reading historical fiction, and trips to Panera Bread. Lynn’s first name is actually Nadia, and she was a competitive gymnast from age 9 thru high school. Lynn loves partnering with young parents to raise healthy, happy children God’s way. Ephesians 3:16-21 is one of her favorite verses.

  • ASHLEY STRANGE - Children's Minister (K-5th)

    Ashley serves as the K-5th grade Children’s Director. She is a graduate of Johnson University Tennessee. Ashley loves spending time outdoors, cheering on the VOLS, getting to know new people, and antique shopping. She also loves to do mission work and travel! One of her favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 2:10.

  • EFREN ROSARIO - Student Minister (6th-12th

    Efren has been serving youth for over 10 years and has been serving at FCCM since 2017. His passion is to see teenagers graduate as Kingdom workers and live a life devoted to Christ. He loves all things Marvel, his wife Katie of 10 years & his 3 girls ; Selah, Nala & Jade. His favorite sports are basketball, curling & interpretive no particular order. GO GATORS!

  • TIM SNOW - Pastoral Care Minister

    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. 

  • MASON BALLARD - Worship Associate

    Mason serves as one of Worship leaders. He acquired a BS in Music and Worship from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN (2016) and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute For Worship Studies. He is from Lexington KY and he enjoys great coffee (and lots of it), reading, writing songs, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and visiting friends and family. His greatest passion is leading God’s people in worship.

  • RACHEL HICKLING - Worship Associate

    Rachel Hickling is a worship leader, award-winning songwriter/composer, and freelance writer from Kernersville, North Carolina. She currently serves as an Associate Worship Pastor at First Christian 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. 

  • DAN HIPPLY - Minister of Family Fitness

    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.

  • PATTY SORRELS, M. Ed. - Women's Ministry Director

    Patty is First Christian’s Women's Ministry Director. Patty’s heart is helping folks succeed at true spiritual formation and living the abundant life gifted to us by our Heavenly Father. She’s been on the team for more than 10 years and has enjoyed watching people become healthy, find healing in their relationship with Jesus Christ and become spiritually transformed in Christ. She is married to Randy, the love of her life, and together they enjoy bee keeping, motorcycle rides, biking and camping. Patty also enjoys candle making, triathlons, running half marathons, books and music. Hebrews 12:1-3 really speaks to her.

  • GREG FELTS - Ministry Resources Team Leader

    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 FCP and LifeQuest. He joined the ministry team in October 2015.

  • JOY SMITH - Lead Administrative Assistant

    Joy manages the offices and administrative team for First Christian. 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.

  • 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, who is a Junior at Walkertown High School and a son, Nick, who graduated from Liberty University in August 2014 and serves as the Worship Leader for Rethink Life Church of Orlando, FL. Her favorite verse is Philippians 4:4-9.

  • CRYSTAL SCOTT - LifeQuest Director

    Crystal serves as the LifeQuest Director for First Christian. Most days you will find her with a group of children playing games. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • DEANNA PAYNE - Finance

    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.

  • 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 Center. Meta and her husband Brain have one son – Holden. Meta enjoys water skiing, wake surfing, motorcycle riding, camping and photography. One of her favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3

  • 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.

  • JOAN RUSSELL - 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 for 12 years. 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.

  • 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. With her husband Friedel, 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.

  • RANDALL GOSSETT- Facilities

    Randall loves taking care of the buildings at First Christian, working with his team and church members. He loves the great outdoors and spending time with his six grandkids.

  • BEVERLY CLARK - Afternoon Receptionist

    Beverly recently returned to NC from living in Maine. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Monte, dinner with friends and family, reading and shopping for antiques. The NC Mountains and the ocean are her favorite places to visit. Beverly's favorite scripture is Philippians 4:8.