music ministry

Many people feel connected to God through the power of music. At First Christian Church, we celebrate with a mixture of traditional hymns, jazzy spirituals, grand organ compositions, a vocal choir and handbell choir, and special music featuring talented members of the church and community. It's easy to get involved!

Music department staff

Michael Sauer

Michael was named Director of Music Ministry and Director of the Chancel Choir in October 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music Education from Wartsburg College and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Alli, enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, and playing with their goldendoodle, Copper.

Dr. Rochelle Parker

Rochelle began as organist in January 2020, previously serving churches in Columbia, St. Louis, Chicago, Iowa, and California. Dr. Parker is professionally a medical doctor and serves as assistant professor/hospitalist with the University of Missouri General Medicine School/Clinic. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jerry, and their two grown sons. 

Travis McFarlane

Travis brings a longtime passion for music to his role as early service musician. He studied music and business at Graceland University, where he led and performed in several vocal and instrumental ensembles. In his spare time, Travis is active in the Columbia music scene and often plays in groups and studio sessions.


Chancel Choir
Adult choir singing most Sundays of the year in the 10:30 a.m. worship service; practices on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Handbell Choir
Offers music each season of the year;
practices on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Drennan Singers
Women’s chorus that practices toward a performance three times a year.

A sample of our music ministry

sanctuary organ

The current 3-rank pipe organ with chimes was installed by the Reuter Organ Company in 1950. The pipes hide behind elaborately carved wooden grills dating from 1896.