Rev. Brad Stagg

Senior Minister

brad@firstchristian.org

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Rev. Stagg received a B.A. in Humanities with a minor in Finance from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas in 1987 and received his M.Div. from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas in 1993. Stagg was ordained as a minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1995. In 2015, Stagg was enrolled at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University’s Doctor of Ministry degree program for Congregational Leadership. Before being called to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Columbia, Missouri, Stagg served churches in Kansas City, Missouri (1993-96) and Houston, Texas (1996-2012).

Rev. Stagg is a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia College, a Disciples-affiliated college in Columbia. He loves studying and teaching the Bible, seeks innovations in funding mission and ministry by bringing faith and business principles into synergistic-synchronicity and loves “deep conversations about God, Jesus and everything else.” Stagg enjoys travelling and once lived in Alaska for 3 months, working as a commercial fisherman.

Rev. Stagg is married to Patricia (Trish) Gonzales Stagg, MSSW and together they have three children: Luke, Annie and Noah.

Brad joined the pastoral staff in July 2012.

Rev. Jimmy Spear

Associate Minister

jimmy@firstchristian.org

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Rev. Spear received his B.A. in History/Political Science from Culver-Stockton College, Canton, Missouri in 1996 and a Master of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Kentucky in 2000. On Pentecost of 2000 Jimmy was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at his home church, First Christian Church, Festus, MO. While having grown up in Kirkwood, MO he has in recent years served the First Christian Church in three communities: Louisiana, Missouri; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Rev. Spear is active in the community and in denominational affiliations. He is active in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the area, regional, and national levels. Jimmy yearly directs summer church camp, serves on several regional task forces, and has served as a member of the General Board of the Christian Church (DOC) in the USA.

While travel, music and art are key interests they only hold a candle to his unending fascination with automobiles. He keeps a little collection of old cars always ready for a summer night cruise. In the summer months Jimmy can be found spending his free time on his boat on the Mississippi River.

Jimmy joined the pastoral staff in November of 2007.

Rev. Sally Robinson

Director, Columbia Area Older Adult Ministry

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Rev. Sally Robinson was born and raised in Mexico, MO. She is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College and Lexington Theological Seminary. In 1987 she was ordained a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Rev. Robinson is a Board Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. After serving pastorates in Missouri, Kentucky and Iowa she moved back to Missouri in 1999 and became the first full-time chaplain at NBA Lenoir Retirement Community. In 2005 she became the chaplain of Columbia Area Older Adult Ministry. She continues to serve in long-term care and retirement communities in Columbia. This ministry is nested at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Columbia, and also supported by Broadway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Olivet Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), First Presbyterian Church, Columbia United Church of Christ, The Bluffs, NBA Lenoir Chaplaincy Endowment, along with many individual donors. She is a member of Senior Network and the Columbia Kiwanis Club. She serves on the Adult Day Connection Community Advisory Board and served on the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors for six years.

Mary Bancroft

Coordinator of Music and Organist

Mary@firstchristian.org

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Mary started studying organ and played at the Baptist church while in high school and then continued her studies at Central Methodist College in Fayette, MO.

Mary is married to Michael Bancroft who is the organist at First Presbyterian Church. They have 2 children: Alan, who is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and Anna, who lives in Kearney, MO with her husband and children.

In 2012 FCC celebrated Mary’s 30th year as organist.

Fred Mottaz

Business Manager

fred@firstchristian.org

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Fred’s family has been members of FCC for three generations. His three adult children and two grandchildren are active members of the church. Fred joined the FCC office staff in September 2005.

Tracy Westhoff

Director, Mother’s Day Out Preschool

tracy@firstchristian.org

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Tracy Westhoff began teaching Pre-K at MDO in 1989 and became Director in 2005.

Tracy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Development from MU.

Tracy is married to Doug and has three children.

Keith Picker

Custodian

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