“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

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

Hi! I am Lisa Rundell, Vice Chair of the Elder Board. My husband, Hugh, and I first came to FCC looking for a pastor to perform our wedding ceremony. Pastor Ron Goodman told us that if we would agree to give God a chance in our lives and come to church for 6 weeks, then he would perform our ceremony. That was over 20 years ago and I am so grateful for what both Pastor Ron and God have done in my life since then. I currently work as the Director of Therapy at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in Topeka and I serve on the board of directors for the Kansas Family Stroke Foundation where we yearly fund a stroke camp for stroke survivors and caregivers. I heard someone once describe themselves and their journey with God like “a very blessed snail”. This is an image that really stuck with me. I am sometimes a little hard headed and argue with God more than I should, but He continues to gently nudge and guide me in the direction that I should go. A few of my favorite scriptures that sustain me along the journey are Jeremiah 29:11, Micah 6:8, Philipians 4:6 and Hebrews 12:1.

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

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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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