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 co-author of two books: The Gifts of Gilead (Chalice Press, 2005), and Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People (Alban Institute, 2012), and is currently at work on a new project that explores questions of living faithfully with abundance. 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).
Carol Burnett, Organist and Interim Music Director
Originally from Durham, Carol Hux Burnett has studied keyboard, vocal performance, vocal pedagogy and choral conducting with cognate minor studies in music theory and sacred music. She attended UNC, UNC-G and The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has served many congregations in Greensboro as organist/choir director including Westminster Presbyterian, Grace Methodist, Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and Temple Emanuel. She was also Director of Music and Choral Conductor at Salem Academy for 11 years where her young women’s ensembles performed internationally. She taught voice at the original Greensboro Music Academy, was a founding member and singer for several years with Bel Canto Company, and founder and conductor for 10 years of the Medical Center Chorale at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Carol also conducts theater, having been the vocal director for Community Theatre’s Wizard Of Oz and music director for many Barn Dinner Theater performances. She consults in Board Development and teaches and coaches voice. Carol and Dr. Ted Burnett have just returned to Greensboro after three years in Charlotte and they are thrilled to be back home. They have two adult kids, Matt and Laura and six grandchildren. They are both avid Tar Heel fans.
“I am so excited about the opportunity to be of service here at First Christian Church. Keep introducing yourself to me. We’ll be working together in one of the most important elements of the church, the worship service. The singular time we all come together to be of one heart, mind and focus to remember our Lord and his message to us. Please prayerfully consider ways that your talents and mine can intersect to enhance our worship.”
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.
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.
Shy’Neka Cherry, PYF Teacher
Our Sunday Night Youth Program is going strong, with active classes and groups for kids from pre-K through high school. We’re pleased to welcome Shy’Neka Cherry as a teacher for our Primary Youth Fellowship class. PYF is our youngest group, and the Christian Education Team decided that the group could benefit from the consistency that a regular, paid teacher could provide. Shy’Neka began on October 9 and will be teaching the class, along with parent volunteers, each Sunday evening. Welcome, Shy’Neka!
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.