It is good to be the church together.
Rev. Lee Hull Moses, Senior Minister
A life-long member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Lee is a graduate of Albion College and earned her M.Div. from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago as a Disciples Divinity House scholar. She now serves on the Board of Trustees of the Disciples Divinity House and the governing board of the North Carolina Council of Churches. Previously, she served on the editorial board of The Young Clergy Women Project, as a Disciples Peace Fellowship Intern, and as the Minister of Faith and Family at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Falls Church, Virginia.
She is the author of several books: More than Enough: Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess (WestminsterJohnKnox, 2016), Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People with Bromleigh McCleneghan (Alban Institute, 2012), and The Gifts of Gilead with Amy Lignitz Harken (Chalice Press, 2005). Her writing has appeared in Practicing Families, Fidelia’s Sisters, and the Christian Century magazine. Read more about Lee’s writing at www.leehullmoses.com.
Lee and her family–husband Rob and kids Jonathan and Harper–have been a part of First Christian Church since 2009.
Melissa Guthrie Loy, Director of Congregational Life
Melissa graduated from Wake Forest University School of Divinity with her Master of Divinity in 2011. She has been a life-long member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and is originally from Iowa. In Iowa, she studied Communications and Religion at Wartburg College, a college of the ELCA. Melissa joined the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2015.
Melissa has lived in North Carolina since 2003 when she joined Teach for America, teaching high school English in rural NC. Melissa and her wife, Leah, have two children: Stephanie is 15 years old and Tommy is 11 years old. Stephanie enjoys music and says her cell phone is her life. Tommy also likes music and he makes lots of (joyful?) noise on an electric guitar. Tommy has multiple developmental disabilities and Melissa has founded a local nonprofit that serves persons with difference, including disabilities. The nonprofit, Salvage Garden, hosts a one-of-a-kind sensory worship experience twice a month that engages all ages and abilities. Salvage Garden and First Christian have a strong community partnership. Salvage Garden has an administrative office in the building at First Christian and sibling support groups are held at First Christian. Melissa and Leah have two mischievous cats and one beloved dog. They–Melissa and Leah, not the pets!–rarely miss a Thursday night Table Talk event.
Melissa began working at First Christian in July 2012 as our Office and Communications Manager. In May 2016, the board approved promoting Melissa to a newly created position of Director of Congregational Life. In this new position, she continues much of the same excellent work and gives additional support to some of our ministry programs. Melissa is in the ordination process with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Woodson Faulkner, Music Director and Organist
WOODSON E. FAULKNER, II is a graduate of Greensboro College with a Bachelor of Music degree subsequently attending UNCG for post-graduate study in choral conducting, voice training and music education. He has attended numerous choral institutes and church music seminars. Mr. Faulkner was a featured soloist of the Bel Canto Company in their appearance at the Hinshaw Music Festival held in August 2014 and 2015 in Raleigh. In 2007 Mr. Faulkner became the Choir Director/Organist at Wake Forest Baptist Church, Winston-Salem and on Sept. 11, 2011 in Wait Chapel, Mr. Faulkner conducted the premier performance of “Angels and Fireflies” written by Kevin Malone for solo flute and string orchestra for the 10th anniversary commemorating the tragic events of 9-11. The performance was simulcast to the Imperial War Museum in Manchester, England and radio broadcast live from Wake Forest on local NPR station WFDD. In addition, Mr. Faulkner teaches voice at The Music Academy of NC, conducts the handbell choirs at Well-Spring and White Stone retirement communities and also serves as Accompanist, Assistant Director, and Vocal Coach for the Burlington Boys Choir since 1999, with tours to New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Mexico and Vienna.
Mr. Faulkner was Artistic Director and Founding Conductor of the Triad Pride Men’s Chorus from 1998 – 2012. His professional credits include appearances conducting TPMC at the International Festival of Gay and Lesbian Choruses (GALA) in Montreal, Miami, Denver and at a regional conference in Cincinnati, OH. He has also sung professionally under the direction of the late Robert Shaw at Carnegie Hall and has performed as singer/assistant director of The Desert Chorale of Santa Fe, NM in four summer seasons.
Amanda Kerr, Youth Program Coordinator
Amanda Kerr is a second-year student at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. She is originally from Charlotte, NC, and received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at N.C. State. After graduation, Amanda had the opportunity to travel to 11 different countries with a Christian mission organization. This experience caused a major shift in her understanding of the Divine. During this time, Amanda learned that her experience was just one model of reality, and she developed a strong desire to learn from others.
Amanda often refers to herself as a “recovering know-it-all” and is abundantly thankful for the ecumenical community at Wake Divinity. She loves to engage theological and social “dichotomies” of sacred and secular, conservative and progressive, etc. Amanda believes it is of great importance that we make space for difficult conversations in our faith communities.
In her free time Amanda enjoys being outside, throwing the frisbee, and participating in Wake Divinity intramurals. She is almost a 50/50 balance of extrovert and introvert; she deeply enjoys time with friends as well as quiet afternoons with her journal and a good book.
Amanda began working at First Christian Church in February 2016.
Pam Reese, Bookkeeper
Pam is originally from Greensboro. She graduated from Rockingham Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration with Accounting emphasis, and from Guilford College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.
For most of her career, Pam worked for a dairy cooperative, and she retired as Director of Accounting in 2012, after 24 years in the dairy industry.
She and her husband, Jim, lived in Knoxville, TN, for 17 of those years. They moved back to Greensboro in 2012, in order to live close to her family again.
Pam is a member of First Friends Meeting, where she serves as Treasurer. She is on several committees there and volunteers with their food pantry and Urban Ministry outreach. She also volunteers with Out of the Garden Project.
She enjoys reading, cooking, attending sporting events, volunteering and spending time with family.
Pam began working at First Christian Church in February 2016.
Paul Snyder, Ministry Intern
Paul Snyder is entering into his second year at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and is earning a Master’s in Divinity with a concentration in Food and Religious leadership. For his concentration, he studies how food is incorporated into religious practices and how the table can be a place for restorative justice. Prior to Wake Forest, Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Wabash College and triple minored in Rhetoric, Religion, and German.
Paul has worked primarily in a Higher Education setting. Last academic year, he served as a Graduate Assistant in the Safe Office at Wake Forest University where he created and designed programs for sexual and relationship violence prevention and education. However, in the upcoming year, Paul will serve as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Personal and Career Development where he will work with graduate and undergraduate students at Wake Forest on professional development and career planning.
Paul also served at Parkway United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem over this past summer, working primarily with educational programing, worship and preaching, and community organizing. Paul is a member of the Disciples of Christ denomination, and he has just recently begun the ordination process in the North Carolina Region.
In his free time, Paul and his wife Kaitlyn enjoy playing tennis, hiking, spoiling their 6-year-old Yorkie named Bentley, trying new restaurants, and spending time with their family.
Leslie Gooding, Childcare Staff
Laura Hutchens, Childcare Staff
Laura provides excellent childcare for our youngest children. Our nursery is staffed throughout the morning on Sundays, and for most other church events.
Chassidy Crump, Childcare Staff
Chassidy provides excellent childcare for our youngest children. Our nursery is staffed throughout the morning on Sundays, and for most other church events.
Van Whitsett, Custodian
Van Whitsett is a Greensboro native and a graduate of James B. Dudley High School, Class of ’69. He joined the staff of First Christian Church in December 1998.
In his spare time, Van studies Internet Affiliate Marketing, designs and builds websites, and plays with his 18 year old Senegal parrot, Koko.
Victoria Kassakatis, Childcare Staff
Victoria is a recent graduate from UNC-G. She works in the Child Development Lab at UNC-G.