Rev. Hank Anderson, Transitional Interim Minister
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Hank began as Transitional Interim Minister on July 1, 2021. He is a native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. After graduating from Ft. Lauderdale High School, he attended the University of South Carolina Upstate. While there, he served as Sports Information Director and president of the Student Government Association. After college, he moved to Lexington, KY where he received his Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary.
While in seminary, he met his wife, Deann. They have been married for 38 years and have two adult children: Heath who lives in Chicago and Kara who lives in Champaign. Hank and Deann served together as co-pastors in Bloomington, IN, Rushville, IN and Danville, IL. Deann currently serves on the pastoral care staff at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Peoria. After going through specialized training with the Interim Ministry Network, Hank has been serving churches as interim minister since 2016.
In his spare time, he enjoys working with computers, reading, and hiking in the ravines near his and Deann’s house in Peoria.
One Bible verse that really speaks to him comes from Romans 8:39 (NLT) No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rev. Holly Irvin, Director of Music and Youth
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Holly came to First Christian Church in January 2017 as our Director of Music and Youth Ministries. She is from Pekin, IL and attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, Il, and Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. She has two children, Shelby and Lydia.
Holly loves walking, biking, reading, laughing, and making music, especially playing the flute. She also enjoys meeting new people and developing relationships and friendships. She is passionate about involving children, youth, and adults in the church and in helping them deepen their relationship with God, especially through music and worship.
She has been in ministry for over 35 years in Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina and is glad to be back home in central Illinois (but not for the weather!). Her greatest enjoyment is in helping people use their spiritual gifts to praise and serve God, and find the joy and fulfillment that comes from that!
Her favorite scripture is Micah 6:8: What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. She believes the best symmetry in life is when justice, kindness, and humility are equally embraced and practiced.
Debbie Stumm, Financial Secretary
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Debbie has an Office Administration degree from ISU, and joined the FCC staff in August of 1981. She came to type the bulletin for one Friday afternoon and has now stayed almost 40 years. As our Financial Secretary, she is responsible for managing our income and expenses. She also keeps track of prayer joys and concerns and the church’s membership records.
Debbie is a member of First Baptist Church of Bloomington where she is also the Financial Secretary there, teaches preschool Sunday School, and sings in the choir. She also enjoys singing in the Passion Play Choir, playing games, cats, flower gardening, and square and round dancing. One of Debbie’s favorite Bible verses is the 100th Psalm which is read each year as the prayer at her family’s Thanksgiving dinner: “Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing …”
Jen Petri, Coordinator of Communications
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Jenifer has been working for FCC since the summer of 2013. She finds it an interesting challenge to compose a complete and current digital weekly newsletter (the Friday Email), preparing the reader for the coming Sunday’s worship services and other events at the church. Jen designs a bi-weekly church newsletter, The Messenger, and sends an interactive electronic version, while producing a version that is printed and mailed from the office.
She also coordinates the production of a bi-weekly newsletter called Beyond the Bricks, which highlights varied community events that focus on mission, service, and fellowship. Jen enjoys developing the visuals used in worship each Sunday in both the traditional and One and All services, and she is the social media coordinator and website master for the church. Jen prepares the traditional and One and All service bulletins.
Jen’s greatest joys are her children, Paige and Austin, and her husband, Darrel. She is an avid introvert who enjoys her pets, fishing, and nature in general. She and Darrel are passionate about Israel and enjoy traveling there and to all the other corners of the earth.
Her favorite Bible passage is John 1:1-18, a beautiful description of our Savior’s power and omnipresence by the Apostle whom He loved, and words of hope, light, and comfort for a world often a challenge to navigate.
John Dailey (volunteer), Facilities Manager
John has an engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and worked for GTE and Verizon for 35 years, retiring in 2009 as the engineering manager. With the engineering background and a “do-it-yourself” attitude about building and maintenance projects, he wanted something to do after retirement that would put those skills to use and help others. The Caretaker position at FCC was the perfect fit and he has been doing that since 2013. In that role, John does routine maintenance of the building mechanical items and also does building projects as needed for block party, VBS, Sunday School, etc. When contractors are needed for major projects, he serves as the church’s representative in managing that process.
John and his wife Kathy moved to Bloomington in 1995 with their two children, Sarah and Mark. Sarah is in San Francisco now and Mark is in San Diego, so visits to California are a welcome wintertime break. John and Kathy are also involved in supporting Boy Scouts and make several trips each year to the Scout camp in Canada to help maintain the camp.
Fishing and golfing are among John’s other hobbies.
One and All Worship Staff
Bill West, Music Coordinator
Bill is a graduate of West Virginia University (BME) and the University of Michigan (MM). Bill came to the Bloomington-Normal community in 1982 to join the faculty of the School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan. Bill’s wife, Jill, is a real estate agent in town, and they are the proud parents of two adult children, Ellen and Matthew. Bill is also currently on the staff of one cat whose name is Gatsby.
Bill and Jill became active at FCC upon relocating to B-N. Bill has been on the music team for 25 years, beginning with the introduction of the New Life service. These days, Bill serves as the Music Coordinator for One and All.
Also in the One and All Band are:
Mitchell Owens — vocals, guitar
Trenton Perry — bass, mandolin, ukulele
James Kantorzyk — drums
Traditional Service Worship Staff
Lou Ann Fillingham, Service Musician (organ/piano)
Lou Ann received bachelor’s degrees in sacred music and in organ performance from Illinois Wesleyan University prior to completing master’s degrees in organ performance and in business administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She became the organist of First Christian Church in March 2006.
Lou Ann and her husband, Dan, are the parents of one son, Nathan. Lou Ann also has a daughter, Stephanie, step-sons Michael and Christopher, and step-grandson Andrew.
Child Care Staff
Trish Logan, Coordinator
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