J. Cook Senior Minister J. has spent a fair amount of his life in a Church parsonage. His father had been a long time minister, and his brother is a minister in Rolla, Missouri. He grew up in parsonages all over the United States but his roots are firmly planted in the Midwest. Having earned his Bachelor's Degree at Central Christian College in Moberly, Missouri in 1977, J. went on to do post-grad work at Lincoln Christian Seminary. J. served two previous ministries before settling here at FCC, first as youth minister at Crossroads Christian Church in Macon, Missouri, then as preaching minister at a Liberty, Illinois church. The Cooks have been with First Christian Church since December of 1983. J. enjoys fishing, shooting guns, and riding his motorcycle. He also LOVES his gadgets! If it’s iPhone or iPad related, he’s into it.. J. and his wife Janie have been married since September of 1973 and have three adult children and eight grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Heather, has two children, a daughter, Ashton, and a son, Titus. Their son, Justin, and his wife, Jana, have two daughters, Emma and Gaby, and a son, Dexter. Misty, the Cook’s youngest daughter and her husband, Richard Rowe, have three children, Miles, Lola, and Lincoln. Heather, Misty, and their families are very involved with FCC. Justin is a minister at Greentree Christian Church in Rolla, Missouri

J. Cook

Senior Minister

J. has spent a fair amount of his life in a Church parsonage. His father had been a long time minister, and his brother is a minister in Rolla, Missouri. He grew up in parsonages all over the United States but his roots are firmly planted in the Midwest. Having earned his Bachelor's Degree at Central Christian College in Moberly, Missouri in 1977, J. went on to do post-grad work at Lincoln Christian Seminary. J. served two previous ministries before settling here at FCC, first as youth minister at Crossroads Christian Church in Macon, Missouri, then as preaching minister at a Liberty, Illinois church. The Cooks have been with First Christian Church since December of 1983. J. enjoys fishing, shooting guns, and riding his motorcycle. He also LOVES his gadgets! If it’s iPhone or iPad related, he’s into it.. J. and his wife Janie have been married since September of 1973 and have three adult children and eight grandchildren. Their oldest daughter, Heather, has two children, a daughter, Ashton, and a son, Titus. Their son, Justin, and his wife, Jana, have two daughters, Emma and Gaby, and a son, Dexter. Misty, the Cook’s youngest daughter and her husband, Richard Rowe, have three children, Miles, Lola, and Lincoln. Heather, Misty, and their families are very involved with FCC. Justin is a minister at Greentree Christian Church in Rolla, Missouri


Dusty Cookson NextGen Minister Having earned his Bachelors Degree from Eastern Illinois University, Dusty went on to receive his Masters in Teacher Leadership from the University of Illinois – Springfield. In 2015 Dusty received his degree in Bible/Theology from Lincoln Christian University. For six years, Dusty was a teacher at Turner Jr. High School in Jacksonville. For five of those years he has coached basketball and softball. Dusty has been a member of First Christian Church since 2011. Dusty’s hobbies include sports, reading, and hanging out with family and friends. Dusty and his wife Monica were married in July of 2004. The couple has three young daughters, Chloe and Clara & Conleigh.

Dusty Cookson

NextGen Minister

Having earned his Bachelors Degree from Eastern Illinois University, Dusty went on to receive his Masters in Teacher Leadership from the University of Illinois – Springfield. In 2015 Dusty received his degree in Bible/Theology from Lincoln Christian University. For six years, Dusty was a teacher at Turner Jr. High School in Jacksonville. For five of those years he has coached basketball and softball. Dusty has been a member of First Christian Church since 2011. Dusty’s hobbies include sports, reading, and hanging out with family and friends. Dusty and his wife Monica were married in July of 2004. The couple has three young daughters, Chloe and Clara & Conleigh.

Misty Rowe Involvement Coordinator Misty grew up in Jacksonville and attending FCC.  The daughter of J., she has volunteered in many areas at the church through the years.  Misty has been the Involvement Coordinator for First Christian since October 2013.  If you are looking to get plugged into a Life Group, or have questions about membership and baptism she is the one to contact.  Misty has been married to her husband Richard since September 2004.  They have three wonderful children, Miles, Lola and Lincoln.  

Misty Rowe

Involvement Coordinator

Misty grew up in Jacksonville and attending FCC.  The daughter of J., she has volunteered in many areas at the church through the years.  Misty has been the Involvement Coordinator for First Christian since October 2013.  If you are looking to get plugged into a Life Group, or have questions about membership and baptism she is the one to contact.  Misty has been married to her husband Richard since September 2004.  They have three wonderful children, Miles, Lola and Lincoln.  

Michelle Douglas Clubhouse Coordinator Michelle joined the FCC Staff in 2014. She grew up in Oklahoma and earned an Education degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. She has taught PreSchool through 2nd grade at various times and been involved in church ministry from adult and children's worship to small group and women's ministry over the past 20+ years.  Her family has worshiped at FCC since moving to Jacksonville from Highland, KS in 2011.  Chris and Michelle have been married for 17 years. Chris is the head football coach at MacMurray College and they have three beautiful and amazing children - Anna, Zac and CJ.

Michelle Douglas

Clubhouse Coordinator

Michelle joined the FCC Staff in 2014. She grew up in Oklahoma and earned an Education degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. She has taught PreSchool through 2nd grade at various times and been involved in church ministry from adult and children's worship to small group and women's ministry over the past 20+ years.  Her family has worshiped at FCC since moving to Jacksonville from Highland, KS in 2011.  Chris and Michelle have been married for 17 years. Chris is the head football coach at MacMurray College and they have three beautiful and amazing children - Anna, Zac and CJ.

Erin Grimsley Youth Ministry Assistant Erin joined the FCC staff in 2016. She was born and raised in Virginia, Illinois on a farm northwest of town. Graduating for Illinois State University in 2001 led Erin to teaching at Beardstown Middle School in an Emotionally Disturbed classroom for 5 years and then onto Turner Jr. High as a Learning Disabilities teacher in 2006. In 2012, Erin earned her Masters' Degree in Adolescent Literacy and Technology from Walden University. Erin and her husband, Craig, have been married since 2011. The couple has 3 children: Josie, Tyler & Tiffany. Erin became a member of First Christian Church in 2016.

Erin Grimsley

Youth Ministry Assistant

Erin joined the FCC staff in 2016. She was born and raised in Virginia, Illinois on a farm northwest of town. Graduating for Illinois State University in 2001 led Erin to teaching at Beardstown Middle School in an Emotionally Disturbed classroom for 5 years and then onto Turner Jr. High as a Learning Disabilities teacher in 2006. In 2012, Erin earned her Masters' Degree in Adolescent Literacy and Technology from Walden University. Erin and her husband, Craig, have been married since 2011. The couple has 3 children: Josie, Tyler & Tiffany. Erin became a member of First Christian Church in 2016.

April Doerr Children Event Coordinator April has been a member of FCC since 2014. She grew up in Jacksonville, attended JHS and loves raising her family here. She has been happily married to Shawn Doerr since 2001 and they have 3 amazing and very active children - Logan, Braden & Madilynn. She says her favorite job is being their Mom. She enjoys spending her time with family, friends and scrapbooking. As the Children's Events Coordinator, she loves to plan events that encourage, nurture and allow families to have fun and to grow in Christ. She has been involved in Church Ministries such as directing Vacation Bible School, Children's small groups, Life Groups & Women's Ministry for many years. She has a heart for Orphans locally and internationally. Her family has been blessed with the adoption of Madilynn from China. She helped start the Hands of Love Orphan Ministry here at FCC. She works along with the local DCFS office helping local foster families. 

April Doerr

Children Event Coordinator

April has been a member of FCC since 2014. She grew up in Jacksonville, attended JHS and loves raising her family here. She has been happily married to Shawn Doerr since 2001 and they have 3 amazing and very active children - Logan, Braden & Madilynn. She says her favorite job is being their Mom. She enjoys spending her time with family, friends and scrapbooking. As the Children's Events Coordinator, she loves to plan events that encourage, nurture and allow families to have fun and to grow in Christ. She has been involved in Church Ministries such as directing Vacation Bible School, Children's small groups, Life Groups & Women's Ministry for many years. She has a heart for Orphans locally and internationally. Her family has been blessed with the adoption of Madilynn from China. She helped start the Hands of Love Orphan Ministry here at FCC. She works along with the local DCFS office helping local foster families. 

Casandra Turner Early Childhood Director Cassie joined the FCC Church Staff in October 2014. She ministers to children from newborn to pre-kindergarten ages and their families. She has been attending FCC for 25+ years. Cassie graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelors in retail and fashion merchandising. She and her husband, Ryan have been married for 12 years. They have 4 beautiful kids...Nolan 10, Brady 8, Ava 5, and Cora 4. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and teaching little kids about Jesus.

Casandra Turner

Early Childhood Director

Cassie joined the FCC Church Staff in October 2014. She ministers to children from newborn to pre-kindergarten ages and their families. She has been attending FCC for 25+ years. Cassie graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelors in retail and fashion merchandising. She and her husband, Ryan have been married for 12 years. They have 4 beautiful kids...Nolan 10, Brady 8, Ava 5, and Cora 4. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and teaching little kids about Jesus.

Stuart Smith Worship Minister Stuart joined the First Christian Church in November of 2014. He is a native of central Illinois. He worked in Contemporary Christian music in Nashville, TN prior to following God's call to Worship Ministry. He has served as an Associate Pastor and Worship Pastor at churches in Central Illinois and Chicago prior to coming to First Christian. His passion is using the power of music to bring glory to God and leading the local church into worship. Stuart and his wife Wendy have been married since 2008 and have three children, Charles, Caroline & Violet. Wendy is employed as the Community Program Coordinator at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. They live in Winchester. 

Stuart Smith

Worship Minister

Stuart joined the First Christian Church in November of 2014. He is a native of central Illinois. He worked in Contemporary Christian music in Nashville, TN prior to following God's call to Worship Ministry. He has served as an Associate Pastor and Worship Pastor at churches in Central Illinois and Chicago prior to coming to First Christian. His passion is using the power of music to bring glory to God and leading the local church into worship. Stuart and his wife Wendy have been married since 2008 and have three children, Charles, Caroline & Violet. Wendy is employed as the Community Program Coordinator at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville. They live in Winchester. 

Ben Smith Audio Visual Director After graduating from The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix, Arizona Ben moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked as a freelance audio engineer in a variety of recording studios and production companies. While in Nashville, he was mentored by engineers and producers who specialize in Contemporary Christian music and Gospel music. They were a huge encouragement for him to continue to grow spiritually. Growing up in Central Illinois, he attended FCC sporadically from 2014 through 2016 while visiting family in the area. In March of 2016, he was given the opportunity to come on staff. It has been one of the most life changing decisions he said he has made. He loves using the gifts that God has given him to help reach and impact people in this community.

Ben Smith

Audio Visual Director

After graduating from The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix, Arizona Ben moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he worked as a freelance audio engineer in a variety of recording studios and production companies. While in Nashville, he was mentored by engineers and producers who specialize in Contemporary Christian music and Gospel music. They were a huge encouragement for him to continue to grow spiritually. Growing up in Central Illinois, he attended FCC sporadically from 2014 through 2016 while visiting family in the area. In March of 2016, he was given the opportunity to come on staff. It has been one of the most life changing decisions he said he has made. He loves using the gifts that God has given him to help reach and impact people in this community.

Terri Little Director of Administration Terri and her husband, John, have been members of FCC since 2004. She first worked as the Office Manager for First Christian Church from 2003 – 2008 until a move with her family out of Jacksonville led her to take a position elsewhere. While she was away, Terri missed the church. In November of 2010 she was thrilled to rejoin the staff in her same position.Terri enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her grand kids. Terri and John have been married since 2004. They have three grown children, James, Jason, and Megan, and six grandchildren.

Terri Little

Director of Administration

Terri and her husband, John, have been members of FCC since 2004. She first worked as the Office Manager for First Christian Church from 2003 – 2008 until a move with her family out of Jacksonville led her to take a position elsewhere. While she was away, Terri missed the church. In November of 2010 she was thrilled to rejoin the staff in her same position.Terri enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with her grand kids. Terri and John have been married since 2004. They have three grown children, James, Jason, and Megan, and six grandchildren.

Amy West Publicist/Facility Coordinator Amy joined the First Christian Church staff in June of 2012 following her graduation from Western Illinois University with a degree in Recreation Park and Tourism Administration and a minor in Graphic Media. She is a native of Jacksonville, graduating from Jacksonville High School in 2007 and enjoys spending time with her family. 

Amy West

Publicist/Facility Coordinator

Amy joined the First Christian Church staff in June of 2012 following her graduation from Western Illinois University with a degree in Recreation Park and Tourism Administration and a minor in Graphic Media. She is a native of Jacksonville, graduating from Jacksonville High School in 2007 and enjoys spending time with her family. 

Janet Webb Financial Assistant Janet and her husband, Rich, have been attending FCC since 2013. She has many years of church secretarial and administrative experience and also worked at Jacksonville High School for 11 years. She enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending time with her family. Janet has three adult sons, two of whom are married. Janet welcomed her first granddaughter, Griffin, in October 2015! 

Janet Webb

Financial Assistant

Janet and her husband, Rich, have been attending FCC since 2013. She has many years of church secretarial and administrative experience and also worked at Jacksonville High School for 11 years. She enjoys watching movies, traveling and spending time with her family. Janet has three adult sons, two of whom are married. Janet welcomed her first granddaughter, Griffin, in October 2015! 

Autumne Willner Volunteer Coordinator Autumne and her family have been members of FCC since 2014. Joining the staff in March 2016 as the Volunteer Coordinator, she believes we are all called to be the hands and feet of Jesus while blessing and serving others.  If you are looking to get more involved with volunteer opportunities she is the one to contact. Autumne enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, cooking & baking, traveling, and spending time with her family while supporting her kids in their activities.  Autumne has been married to the love of her life, Barry, since May 2007.  As a blended family, they are the parents of five children,Barry Jr., Josh, Bailee, Kourtnee, and Drake. 

Autumne Willner

Volunteer Coordinator

Autumne and her family have been members of FCC since 2014. Joining the staff in March 2016 as the Volunteer Coordinator, she believes we are all called to be the hands and feet of Jesus while blessing and serving others.  If you are looking to get more involved with volunteer opportunities she is the one to contact. Autumne enjoys gardening, scrapbooking, cooking & baking, traveling, and spending time with her family while supporting her kids in their activities.  Autumne has been married to the love of her life, Barry, since May 2007.  As a blended family, they are the parents of five children,Barry Jr., Josh, Bailee, Kourtnee, and Drake. 

John Lacy Custodian

John Lacy

Custodian

John has worked at FCC since October 2015