It is good to be the church together.
Rev. Dr. Philip V. Miller, Interim Minister
As of June 1, 2019, Phil Miller serves as the Interim Minister. Phil is certified for Transitional Ministry by the Interim Ministry Network. He has served as the interim pastor for First Christian Church of Jeffersonville, Indiana (2017), and for First Christian, Hopkinsville, Kentucky (2018).
Phil graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth in 1970 and married Paula Colker in Lubbock, Texas, in 1971. Phil and Paula have two daughters. Hope and her husband Adam Goodell live in South Orange, New Jersey with their sons, Sterling and Julian. Emily lives and teaches in Austin Texas.
Ordained in 1973 at Central Christian Church, Dallas, Texas, Phil earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Southern Methodist University while serving on the staff of that congregation. From there, he moved to Abilene, Texas; then to Covington, Kentucky; then to Paducah, Kentucky; and then to Fort Worth, Texas. He served as a pastor with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in each of those cities.
Meanwhile, in 1985 he became a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve. He served on active duty in 2002 at Air Force Headquarters and the Pentagon. From 2003 until 2008 he oversaw recruitment, training, and professional development of chaplains. This responsibility gave him the opportunity to interact with clergy from a broad spectrum of faith groups, as well as many occasions to mentor younger ministers, priests, and rabbis. He retired from the Air Force in November 2010.
After his active duty tour, Phil accepted the role of Executive Director for TLC Meals on Wheels, a program serving the southwest suburbs of Denver, from 2008 until 2013.
Phil published two books for children—Benjamin in the Forest and Benjamin Amid the Wildflowers—and a book of stories about refugees and immigrants called From the Lives We Knew.
Singing is Phil’s favorite activity, so he joins the choir of the church he’s serving. He and Paula are members of the Cherry Log Christian Church near their home, a mountain cabin in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Rev. Melissa Guthrie Loy, Director of Congregational Life
Melissa graduated from Wake Forest University School of Divinity with her Master of Divinity in 2011. She is originally from Iowa. In Iowa, she studied Communications and Religion at Wartburg College. Melissa has lived in North Carolina since 2003 when she joined Teach for America, teaching high school English in rural NC.
Melissa began working at First Christian in July 2012 as our Office and Communications Manager and her role has transformed over the years. The board approved promoting Melissa to a newly created position of Director of Congregational Life. Melissa was ordained at First Christian Church Greensboro November 26, 2017.
She was a minister long before serving at FCC Greensboro. Melissa founded a local faith-based nonprofit that “strives to reclaim the value of all individuals.” The nonprofit, Salvage Garden, hosts a one-of-a-kind sensory worship experience twice a month that engages all ages and abilities; Salvage Garden also provides training for congregations that wish to widen their welcome. 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 has taught “Disability and Theology” at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and has been a guest lecturer for the Institute on Disability and Theology. She is a member of the North Carolina Disciples AllianceQ Open and Affirming Team. Melissa coordinates the Neighborhood Youth Project, a combined youth group between Congregational UCC and FCC. Melissa says Thursday night Table Talk events are her favorite. When making a list, Melissa notes that she has several jobs, three children, two cats, one dog, and one wife.
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.
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.