“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
The Trustees are the stewards of the finances and facilities of the Church. The Trustee Board is responsible for making sure the various ministries and church entities are remaining fiscally responsible, and to the maintenance, betterment, and security of the facilities of the church. Below are the current Trustees at FCC. Please pray for them to be good stewards of First Christian Church’s resources.
Meet our Trustees
Dan Matthews has been a member of First Christian Church since 2009 and was baptized at FCC in 2015. He has attended FCC for more than 15 years with his wife Janet. Dan and Janet have been married for more than 20 years and have two children, Parker and Walter. Dan has served on the Trustees Board for over two years and sings in the Chancel Choir and Men’s Ensemble. Dan works for the Northrop Grumman Corporation providing technical support for Army training exercises. He enjoys traveling and rooting for KU Basketball and Football, Kansas City Chiefs and KC Royals.
Marita Elliott first came to FCC in 1984 after she and her husband, Sam Elliott (former Elder, now deceased), moved to Lawrence in 1983. They attended and participated regularly, then moved away in 1990, only to return in 2010. Sam passed away in December, 2015. They were married 33 years and shared 6 children, 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Since returning, Marita became involved in teaching Sunday School, the Care Ministry Team, the Worship Ministry Team and became an Elder. “I’m excited knowing that Christ is our Sovereign Shepherd and He is in complete control of our church – we are in His hands, and only through prayer will we come together tighter.” Currently, Marita is our part-time Business Administrator as well our Pastor of Care & Connections.
David and Linda Aikins first came to FCC at the invitation of Coach Fambrough. They immediately felt at home and continued to attend after the loss of Coach. They look upon the church members and family and are willing to do everything they can to keep the family together. Dave recently retired from owning Lawrence Decorating for 48 years with his partner, Gary Schmidtberger. Linda works at Grandstand Glassware + Apparel in Lawrence. Together they have five children and nine grandchildren and enjoy spending as much time as they can with them. David graduated from Erie High School in Erie KS, where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball, and track. After graduation, he played football at KU from 1965-1970. He looks upon those years as very special and maintains contact with his teammates. Linda graduated from Ashland High School in Ashland KS and moved to Lawrence in 1980. Dave and Linda have been together for 14 years. Dave served as a trustee from 2012 to 2016 and agreed to serve again this session. David and Linda volunteer as servers at church; helpers with Bible School; eager participants in Trunk or Treat and look forward to future activities at the Church.
Christine Winters has been a member of First Christian Church since she and her husband, Leon (now deceased) joined in 2005. She was baptized as a child and attended church most of her life but did not fully realized the redeeming power and awesomeness of what Jesus dying on the cross and being resurrected meant until later in life. Since then she has worked to get FCC to be the first church to host Family Promise, and she volunteers at Vacation Bible School and the Children’s Program. Christine is an active member of Lydia Ladies and the Women Together discipleship groups. She, along with two other FCC ladies, founded Lawrence Anti-Trafficking Taskforce and Education (LATTE). As a new member of the Trustee Board, she is looking for ways to use the funds God has entrusted to the Board on behalf of the church to further the mission to Gather, Grow, and Go, as well as become the church God intends us to be.
Jim and his wife Dorothy have been members of First Christian Church since 1995. Jim is in his second year on the current trustee board. He served as a trustee previously in the early 2000’s. The Congrove’s have attended services regularly since becoming members and also have been active in a D-Group and in the seniors group JOY. They also serve in the transportation and fellowship committees and assist with Family Promise.
As a trustee, Jim is working with the other trustees to guide the use of funds and resources entrusted to FCC, with the goal of doing the most with what we have to further the work Jesus and his apostles laid out for us.
Jim retired from farming and also worked for the Kansas Department of Agriculture and in the crop insurance industry before retiring to their farm northeast of Lawrence. They rent their cropland and pasture to neighbors. Jim enjoys gardening and tending to his walnut grove. Jim and Dorothy both graduated from K-State and enjoy attending football and basketball games in Manhattan.