It is good to be the church together.
Rev. Dr. Michael Yandell, Senior Minister
As of October 1, 2020, Michael Yandell serves as the Senior Minister. Michael lives in Greensboro with his spouse Amy, their 2 dogs (Elsie and Snow), and 1 cat (Oreo).
Michael was brought up in the faith at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Union City, TN. He spent 4 years in the U.S. Army as an enlisted explosive ordnance disposal (E.O.D.) technician before returning home to west TN to go to college. He earned his Bachelor of Music (Music Education) at the University of Tennessee at Martin (2011); a Master of Divinity at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, Texas (2015); and a Ph.D. in religious studies (theological studies) with a concentration in religion, conflict, and peace-building at Emory University (2020).
As a theologian and scholar, Michael is passionate about bridging the gap between the academy and the church. It was Michael’s experiences in war that prompted him to research moral injury; his recent publications on the topic appear in Pastoral Psychology, Plough Quarterly, and The Christian Century.
As a clergy person and a human being, Michael still believes that the gospel is a message of liberation – good news to the poor, the imprisoned, the sick, and the oppressed. The Disciples of Christ identity statement (We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us) means for Michael that the church presents a radically different reality than the one most often presented to us in our culture. Where the world shuts the doors of community in the faces of those longing for human connection, the church opens its doors in radical welcome and hospitality.
Michael’s interests include running, music, and reading X-Men comic books.
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.