February 2018  
This Week's Events


Camp Gonzo Work Day
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Come join your friends from the Area as we work at our
campgrounds in Gonzales on Saturday, February 24, 2018. We will start at 8:00 a.m. and work until around 3:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
We will be clearing brush, trimming hedges, painting, and or-
ganizing storage areas. So grab your weed eaters, chainsaws,
gloves, tree cutters, and hedge clippers and come on out!
If you need to spend the night Friday or Saturday at camp you
can also do that for free in the Dorms as we have a group in the
Lodge. There are some good restaurants in town you can check
out for dinner and breakfast. You can pay for the breakfast we
are providing for the group in the Lodge.
Contact Rev. Scott Miller at (830) 437-2900 or
disciple-oaks@gmail.com and let him know you are coming.
Bible Search
Senior Minister

Gregory Ross

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Gregory has served as a minister for churches in Virginia and Texas over the past 45 years, and did mission work in India for 10 years. He was on the Heartbeat staff, a media ministry, for 12 years. He served on the board of the Texas Bible Chair Foundation for 10 years, serving twice as board chair. He has a BA in Religious Studies and did three years of post graduate study in Biblical and Patristic Greek. He and his wife, Linda, have four children eight grandchildren, and two dogs.

Minister of Pastoral Care

Cari Fowler

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Cari has served as a minister and chaplain for 15 years. Some areas of passion are spiritual growth, outreach and working with people who have mental health challenges both adults and youth.  She has also worked for Child Protective Services and currently teaches Secondary Science at a residential treatment center.  Cari has directed/participated in hundreds of youth and adult retreats and camps over the years.  Currently, she serves as Treasurer for Texas Bible Chair. She is a member of International Association of Christian Chaplains.  She has a BS in Education from Southwest Texas and Master of Divinity from Texas Christian University.  She and her husband Dale have 3 sons. And they raise sheep, chickens and cats.  Cari enjoys many activities including hiking, swimming, fitness, cooking and photography. 

Director, Christian Education

Teri Stapp

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Teri is serving as our Director of Christian Education. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in 1991. In the past 25 years, she has taught second and third grades as a classroom teacher and Kinder through 4th graders as an instructional technologist. Her current position is as an instructional coach in Hays CISD serving Kinder through 5th grade students and teachers in all content areas. Teri and her husband Chase have 2 grown sons. As an “empty nester”, Teri enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and cooking. In addition to coordinating our Christian Education program, she also chairs the Fellowship Committee and enjoys planning social activities and events for our church. Her skills and experience are only exceeded by her commitment to our children and her creativity in providing the finest and most varied of educational experiences.

Adult Education Coordinator

Gael Thompson

Gael Thompson brings years of experience and multiple skills to the development and administration of our Adult Education program. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Certified EMDR Therapist, an ordained minister, and has a BA in Communications and Journalism, a Masters of Divinity degree, and a Masters of Education in Counseling degree. Gael is a gifted speaker, retreat and conference leader, and curriculum writer for church related activities and organizations.  Her areas of specialty: teens, children, women, divorce, singles and families.

Gael and her husband, Jerry, have two adult children and live in Wimberley, Texas.

Currrently she is completing the adult curriculum for our Sunday School for 2017-2018.

Click here to see the available classes that you may want to attend. And let her know of any subjects or education venues that you would like to see.


Youth Director

Shawn Colson

If you have teenagers and you don't have a church home, Shawn Colson is the first and best reason that you should join FCC! She is a Pied Piper of our young people. She loves them and they love her. They call her "Mama Bear". She teaches the Christian Youth Fellowship Sunday School Class, organizes youth activies throughout each month, and serves as an area youth leader. She organizes and coordinates fall and mid-winter retreats, and directs the CYF summer camp at Camp Gonzo. She is one of the regional leaders for the annual Youth Mission projects, called Disciples Summer Mission. She is a Deacon of our church and paricipates in all aspects of our fellowship, missions and church life. Even if you don't have a teenager, Shawn may still be the first and best reason for you to be with us!!

Office Administrator

Reba Hilgers

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Reba is likely to be your first contact with First Christian Church. She is our voice and manages our communication center. She has served other churches and several businesses in Central Texas over the years, and has a wealth of experience and professional skill. But what you will appreciate most is her enthusiasm and personal concern for whatever you need. In addition to her computer and financial expertise, she finds time to enjoy such diverse interests as sculpture, birding, travel, golf, music, and family activities. Contact her at the church office by phone: 512-396-1926, or by email at: fcc@fcc-sm.org


Director of Music

Janey Hall

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Janey Hall is the newest member of our staff at First Christian Church. She comes to us with a wealth of experience in music, education and ministry. She has served as choir director for several schools and churches in Texas. In 2012 she founded and continues to lead as Artistic Director of SoCo Women's Chorus in Austin, with approximately 70 voices. Janey welcomes anyone interested in participating in our Chancel Choir and/or Bell Choir. Previous experience is not necessary, just a desire to sing and praise God!


Cecilia Peña

Cecilia is an accomplished organist and pianist who graces our Sunday worship and special services throughout the year. We are blessed to have her skill and dedication. She provides music for congregational singing, accompanies the Chancel Choir and special music presentations, works with Janey for wonderful events like our Christmas and Easter cantatas. She is also available for weddings, funerals, and other events.

Ministerial Intern

Marshall Breedlove

Marshall graduated from Texas State University, majoring in music/sound technology. He is now preparing for ministry by attending Phillips Seminary. He is serving as a graduate intern for First Christian Church and for United Campus Ministry at Texas State University. Marshall is the one who keeps our worship services running smoothly, with the order of worship, song lyrics, and graphics on the front screens in our sanctuary. He also preaches for us from time to time. Marshall is the college activity sponsor for our congregation. He is active in all areas of FCC and campus ministry, and can be found helping with whatever needs to be done.

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