STAFF

 
PASTOR
 
 
 
PASTOR JAMES BYERS
 
Pastor James Byers and his wife Jenna began their ministry with the members of First Christian Church on July 2, 2017. James earned his BS in Sociology at Pittsburg State University and his Master of Divinity degree at The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. After serving churches in Kansas, Iowa, Texas and North Carolina, James and Jenna have returned home to Sumner County. James is a fan of the KC Royals, K-State Wildcats, country music, rural Kansas dirt roads, dogs, and ice cream. James and Jenna have five children, Hannah, Isaac, Brionna, Brittney and Maggie.
 
SECRETARY
 
 
DORIS KENDRICK
 
Doris is the friendly voice on the phone and the friendly face you meet in the office. She has been a member of First Christian Church since 1997. She previously served the Church as custodian from 1997-2004. She is a native of Floydada, Texas and she first moved to Kansas, with her late husband Ken, in 1969. She enjoys creating stained glass windows and artwork. She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and served as a Field Executive for Girls Scouts for ten years. In addition to her work as Secretary, Doris is active in CWF and the Progressive Sunday School class. Doris has 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
 
CHOIR DIRECTOR
 
 
LYNN JENKINS
 
Lynn Jenkins began playing the piano when she was 6 years old taking lessons in her hometown of Belle Plaine, Kansas. She took lessons on the organ for a few months as a 4th grader. When she was a freshman in high school she was asked to play the organ at First Baptist Church of Belle Plaine. She began playing the organ at First Christian Church of Wellington over 30 years ago. Lynn also serves as the Church Choir Director. Lynn enjoys being a busy grandmother as her two grown children and their spouses have blessed her with six grandchildren. She recently retired from Sumner Regional Medical Center.

YOUTH DIRECTOR

 
 
 
CONITA BURDEN
 
Conita has been a member of First Christian Church for 15 years and has been the youth director for 3 years. Conita has been married to her husband Chris for 17 years.  Conita and Chris have six children, four of which still live at home. For fun she enjoys being outside and in nature. She has a passion for working with children. When she is not working as a youth director she also works at Lincoln Elementary as a functional Para. She loves both of her jobs dearly and loves seeing the children she works with grow and change.
 
 
 
 
 
CUSTODIANS

 

GARY BICKEL

Gary has been a member of First Christian Church since 1958. He began his work as custodian in 2012. Gary is a Deacon and serves as President of the Disciples Men Fellowship. He is a big fan of KU Jayhawks basketball, so if you’re here during the week just look for the guy wearing the KU hat. He is also an avid fan of NASCAR. In his free time, if there is any, he enjoys fishing.

 

VIRGINIA BICKEL

Virginia has been a member of First Christ Church since 1997. She and Gary are teammates both in custodial work and life, and been have happily married to each other for over 40 years. Together they have 6 children, 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Virginia is very active in the Church serving as a Deaconess and as co-President of CWF. You can find her working hard in The Blessing House every Monday and Wednesday. She attends the Kingdom Builders Sunday School class. Virginia’s favorite hobbies include collecting glass and ceramic shoes and going fishing with Gary.

 

TREASURER
JOYCE REYNOLDS
FINANCIAL SECRETARY
DEENA BYERS
PIANIST
PAT GLEASON
NURSERY ATTENDANT
PATTI PFANENSTIEL