The Family at First Congregational

Value: The word most used to describe our church is family. As a diverse multi generational church family, our heart is to see everyone, young and old, growing together on this faith journey of following Christ. We want to be a place where people can connect in community and find healing in Christ. So…Welcome! “Pull up a pew and make yourself at home.”

Mission: Just as Christ made God known, so we exist to make Christ known wherever we go. We are broken people living in a broken world looking to Christ for healing. Because we have been changed by this good news, we desire to help others to also find their hope in our only hope, the risen Christ.

Leadership Teams

We are all called to a ministry of service, to be the church as witnesses of Christ wherever we go. Out of this congregation, a few teams have been selected to lead and serve our church family.

CE Team: Christian Eduction (CE) is critical to the life and faith of every Christian community. This team serves our children ages pre-k through 5th grade. Including Sunday School and Kids Club.

Sharon Thomas, Chair
Nicole Woody
Elaine Jacobus

Trustee Team: The Trustees have been given responsibility to oversee the finances and facilities of our church to ensure that our stewardship honors God.

Kevin Mahoney, Chair
Chris Heil
Don Amidon
Rich Wismer
Tom Metzger
Fred Remington

Deacon Team: The Deacons are called to model servant leadership in both acts of service and spiritual leadership.

Heidi Spanier – Deacon Chair.
Carol Cooper
Bob Hanington
Jen Mahoney
Joel Beasley

Administrative Team:
Lynda Rybka, Administrative Assistant
Brian Brodhead, Sexton
Russ Goodwin, Custodian

Pastoral Team

Layne A Mershimer, Pastor.

Brendon Thomas, Assistant Pastor.

Deborah Mershimer, Worship Leader


Our story began in 1740 when dedicated Christ-followers, seeking religious freedom, joined to together in community to worship the risen Savior. We see our amazing heritage as a foundation upon which we embrace our responsibility to proclaim Christ so future generations may come to know the life-changing grace of God. We join Christians down through the ages who faithfully teach and fully embrace the Word of God and the God of the Word. As you read about our church, know that our main hope is for you to get connected with Jesus. We are excited about what is happening at FCCC and would love for you to be a part of this community. See more FCCC Church History