Ministry and Program Staff (click on the name to email)
Reverend Dr. Jonathan B. Hall is FCC's Senior Pastor. He was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama and has served as the Senior Pastor of First Christian Church in Ventura, CA for over seven years. Dr. Hall holds a BA in Religion and Sociology/Anthropology from Transylvania University, a Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Formation from Claremont School of Theology, as well as a Certificate of Ecumenical Studies from Bossey Ecumenical Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Hall began his ministry at FCC in November 2017.
Hana Bustillos has served as FCC's Lay Associate Pastor since January 2016. She is a long-time member of several Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregations across the country and has served in many capacities (including as an Elder at First Christian) in those congregations. She staffs the Young Adult Ministries, Youth Ministries, the new "marketing/branding" initiative, new participant follow-up efforts, and carries general pastoral responsibilities. Hana has a BA in History from San Francisco State University, and an MA in American History from the University of Nebraska Kearney. Pastor Hana is on family leave until March 2018. If you have questions about the Youth Program, please contact Acting Youth Minister Kaitlyn Metz or Family Ministries Coordinator Laura Hatler. For questions about the Young Adults ministry, please contact the church office.
Darryl Searuggs is FCC'S Associate Minister. Darryl is a graduate of Iliff Theological Seminary, where he received an MDiv with an emphasis in Religion and Social Change. He served on FCC's staff as Ministerial Intern for the 2015-2016 academic year, and as Student Associate Minister for the 2016-2017 academic year. A retired Air Force officer and pilot, Darryl is currently a pilot for FedEx. He was ordained in October 2017 with the Central Rocky Mountain Disciples Region, under the sponsorship of First Christian Church.
Lynn Smith is FCC's Minister of Visitation. She is an M.Div. graduate with an extensive ministry focusing on hospital and shut-in calling. She is also a police chaplain with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Lynn was ordained in November 2017 with the Central Rocky Mountain Disciples Region, under the sponsorship of First Christian Church.
Norman Heimer is FCC's Coordinator of Small Groups Ministry. Norman has a PhD in Chemistry and taught chemistry for many years, most recently at the United States Air Force Academy. He is Chair of the Elders, as well as a long-time FCC member and volunteer. Norm continues to give significant volunteer time in his role as Coordinator and to the upkeep of FCC's gardens.
Laura Hatler is FCC's Family Ministries Coordinator. She is a long-time participant and volunteer at FCC and joined the staff in 2015. Laura has staff and program oversight for our children's educational ministries and the youth program, and oversees our staff Sunday School teachers Gray & Rachel Fredericks and Brittany Bevans Merchant.
Gaylord Hatler is Facilities Manager, with responsibilities for building and facilities oversight. Gay is also Senior Pastor Emeritus, having served as FCC's Senior Pastor from the early '90s to 2005.
Worship and Music Staff (click on the name to email)
Kim Schultz began her tenure as Music and Communications Director at First Christian Church in January 2012. Originally from Washington, D.C., Kim has lived in Colorado Springs for 18 years, and is also currently the conductor of the Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale and the Summit Ensemble of the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. Kim received her Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where she served as the graduate teaching assistant for choirs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Duke University in Durham, NC. Kim has much experience working with young people, both as a vocal music instructor in the public and parochial schools for 7 years, and as a private piano and voice teacher for nearly 20 years. She and her family love the Colorado lifestyle, and are avid skiers, runners, hikers, and gardeners.
Carol Wilson, FCC's Organist, received her B.Mus. in organ & piano performance from Colorado State University in 1973, and her M.Mus. in organ & piano performance from the University of Kansas in 1989. Carol has served First Christian Church as organist, accompanist and manager of the concert series since 1989. Prior to coming to Colorado Springs, Carol taught organ and piano and was university organist at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. She has held positions as church organist and given organ and piano concerts in Texas, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Missouri. She studied organ with Robert Cavarra and James Higdon and piano with Wendell Diebel and James Winerock, and has played in masterclasses for many notable artists. Carol is also an adjunct piano instructor at Colorado College, accompanies in the community, and is an active performer on organ, piano and harpsichord. In addition to the Music Ministry, Carol is also part of the pastoral staff as Pastoral Visitor and is in charge of FCC's gardens.
Support Staff (click on the name to email)