“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” Hebrews 13:7

Elders are the spiritual shepherds of the church. The Elder Board is responsible for making certain the Mission and Strategy of First Christian is being accomplished in the various ministries. An Elder must be a baptized disciple of Jesus, and meet the qualifications (both skills and character traits) outlined in the New Testament (e.g., see Acts 20:17; 28-31; 1 Timothy 3:2–7; 5:17; Titus 1:6–9; 1 Peter 5:1-2; James 5:14). We praise God for the service of our Elders! Below is the current slate of Elders at FCC. Please commit to praying for them.

Meet our Elders

Dennis Hayward

Dennis Hayward and Kathy have been members of FCC since April 2013. I was baptized when I was eleven-years old, but decided to re-dedicate myself to Jesus at First Christian and was baptized on November 24, 2013. I enjoy involvement with LINK; and recently served on the Board as Treasurer; and look forward to new challenges our FCC family will have in the future to make disciples in Christ. Kathy and I have been married 46 years and have three children and six grandchildren. We love to hook up the travel trailer and visit our awesome grandkids that are spread out across this wonderful country. We are truly blessed, and may all of us honor God, country, and family. Looking forward, 2017 brings promise for all of God’s children: “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken…” (Psalm 62:1-2, NIV).

Hyacinth Self

Hyacinth Self works as a Receptionist for Clinton Parkway Animal Hospital. She loves her husband Jim, their 7 children and 9-plus grandchildren, tacos, and chocolate. She enjoys reading, sewing, camping, hiking, fishing, snow skiing, motorcycle riding, and playing 12-string guitar all for the glory of God. Hyacinth has attended FCC since the 60’s and enjoyed volunteering for many years of VBS and countless youth trips. She’s looking forward to many more great adventures at FCC in 2019 as an elder.

Jim Self

Jim Self

Jim Self was baptized at FCC and a few years later married Hyacinth. Jim and Hyacinth have 7 children between them, and have (9) plus grandchildren. Jim is the National Account Manager for FarmChem Corp. a manufacturer of crop protection and fertilizer dispensing, handling, and storage equipment. He pretty much likes everything outdoors playing golf; snow skiing, hunting, hiking, and motorcycle riding. He is looking forward to serving on the Elder board, has served several times on the Trustee board, has been on many youth mission trips and youth events, supporter of Family Promise, and other outreach programs.

Lisa Rundell

Bio coming soon…

Jim Chapin

Jim Chapin has been a part of the Christian church family for 50 years. He and his wife Betty have lived in Lawrence for 10 years, and they will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary in August 2019! They have 3 children, 5 grandsons, and 5 great-grandsons. Jim works part-time at Wyndam Place and enjoys golfing during his time off.

Aaron Lathrom

Bio Coming Soon

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Barb Copple

Upon moving to Lawrence in 1963, our family attended Lawrence Christian Church for a short period of time until we joined local members in an attempt to establish another Christian group known as Bethany Park Christian Church. However, when that small fellowship fell apart, we transferred membership back to Lawrence Christian Church and have since been life members. Once I retired, I became more active in our CWF Ruth Group and continue to be active in this fellowship.

I truly enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my grandkids and great-grandson! Gail and I both enjoy spending time with friends who we consider our extended family and lifetime acquaintances. My time at First Christian Church has been long with me working at various areas. I look forward to what God has in store for me in the future, my family, and our church. May God help us build our relationships with His heartfelt blessings.

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