“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

Bob Eisele

Hello, my name is Robert Eisele, but everyone calls me Bob. I have attended First Christian Church of Lawrence since I was born in 1997, and was baptized at FCC by pastor Randy Beeman. I was a student at the University of Kansas from 2015 to 2018, a student at Johnson County Community College from 2018 to 2019, and am currently working as an electrician in Lawrence. Some of my favorite times at FCC were spent in youth group, meeting many different people, and forming a relationship with them through Jesus. During my time in the youth group, I helped to lead small devotional groups, and was blessed with opportunities to develop my teaching skill. From 2012 to 2016, I played with the praise band on Sunday mornings, and enjoyed playing with many different worship leaders throughout the years. From 2016 onward, I have volunteered with the tech team on Sunday mornings, learning many different roles in order to make Sunday mornings more enjoyable for everyone.

Some of my favorite scriptures include Psalm 23 and Romans 5. I am always trying to learn more about the Bible and dive deeper into its beauty. If you ever learn something interesting about the Bible, I’d love to hear about it!

I look forward to serving the congregation of FCC and the community of Lawrence in many different ways during my future here.

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.

Hugh Rundell

I was raised in the Shelton Memorial Christian Church in Ulysses, Kansas, and baptized in 1972 at the age of 13. When I was 14, my father passed away, and I slowly fell away from Christ. I moved to Lawrence in 1984 and worked for the Journal World for 30 years. In 1988 I met my wife Lisa. Pastor Goodman married us in 1999, but not before he required us to attend church six times and also attend marriage classes. Going to church those six times really turned me back to Christ, helped me make peace with the passing of my father, develop a closer relationship with Christ, and begin to trust His will even when I don’t understand or know
where it is leading.

Hugh Rundell’s photo coming soon…

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 2021″

JR Neutel

Linda (my wife) and I came to FCC about 2 years ago. We were searching for a new church home. We immediately felt at home here and loved that FCC is a place that nurtures our souls. I grew up in a Christian home and professed my faith as a late teen. God has truly watched over and blessed me all these years. I have been with The Reuter Organ Company for 40 years and have served as CEO and President for the past 20 years. I feel this experience may help me in a role as Trustee.