“But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens” Exodus 18:21

Meet our Personnel Board

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.

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).

Marita Elliott

Marita Elliott

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.

Christine Winters

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.

Christine Winters

Sheri Penny

Sheri Penny

Sheri Penny has been a member of FCC since 1987, when she started attending with her husband Dean. Sheri and Dean have been married for 30 years and have two adult children, Kristin (28) and Michael (22). Through the years, Sheri has been involved in many different ministries here at First Christian. She continues her position on the Elder Board; has taught Sunday school, Children’s Church, VBS, served on the Worship Ministry Team, and on the Youth Search Committee. “I believe God is in our midst and I’m excited to see what he has in store for us in 2017.”

Jim Congrove

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.

Jim Congrove