Staff

Rev. Brian Kirk, Lead Pastor

Brian is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A native of Jefferson City, Missouri, Brian holds a Masters of Divinity degree, as well as degrees in psychology and education. He has pastored churches in Missouri and Illinois, taught as adjunct faculty at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis and served as coordinator of  outdoor ministry programs for the Southeast Gateway Area of the Christian Church (DOC). Brian is a published curriculum writer and co-author of Missional Youth Ministry (2011, Harper Collins). Brian has served as a board member for St. Joe Pride and currently serves as president of the board of Faith in Action and on the board of the local PFLAG chapter. Brian’s husband Johnathan is an arts educator and co-caretaker of their two dachshunds.  You can reach Brian at bkirkfccstjo@yahoo.com

Beth Ranner McLenaghan, Director of Music Ministry

Beth is a St. Joseph native, who studied vocal performance, piano performance and theatre at Missouri Western and UMKC. She is best known as a voice & piano teacher, or as accompanist/music director for musical theatre all over the greater Kansas City area as well as for several area schools. She has also been a dedicated church musician her entire life,  serving as everything from organist and choir director, to staff vocal soloist with Glasgow Cathedral in Scotland. She loves gardening at the family farm with her pal Sneaky Pete the Wonder Dog “snoopervising”, or debating with friends over game night with her husband Hugh,  and working with the amazing students in her piano and voice studio.

Kenny Crawford, Church and Office Administrator

When you call the church office, you will probably hear the friendly voice of Kenny when he answers.  Kenny keeps our church office organized and running smoothly. When not at church, Kenny serves at the director of the Grand River Harmony Acapella Chorus and is active with the planning team for our local Pride Festival.  Kenny and husband Miles and their family are also active members of First Christian.   You can find Kenny in the church office Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 1 PM.

David Murphy, Children’s Choir Director

David is a gifted vocalist who regularly sings in our church choir, teaches upper elementary Christian Education classes, and works with our children to develop and share their musical gifts in worship.

Chris Mort, Custodian

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