“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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.