The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson began his ministry with FCC on September 16th, 2019.

Rev. Dr. Willie J. Barnes-Jackson was born in Bourbon County, Paris, KY. He is the son of Mrs. Wanda M. Anderson of Dayton OH, and Dr. Willie J. Barnes of Longview, TX. Dr. Barnes-Jackson accepted his call to ministry on August 22, 1998 at a John Maxwell “Equipping the Saints” seminar in Toledo, Ohio.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1998 from Central State University, graduating with Magna Cum Laude honors. He graduated in 2002 from Payne Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity degree in Theological Studies and Pastoral and Marriage Counseling, while having matriculated as a Daniel A. Payne Presidential Scholar. He also completed over 400 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education and was ordained in December 2002 by the Christian Church in Ohio and Summit Christian Church under pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. J. Thomas Johnson. In 2013, he graduated from United Theological Seminary after completing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Education and Urban Ministry Development.

Dr. Barnes-Jackson has volunteered as a Chaplain for both Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals in Dayton. He is a member of the Disciples Chaplain Association. He held the position of President of the Reconciliation Committee. He is a trained member of the Anti-racism and Pro-reconciliation Commission and is considered a New Church Planter for the Ohio Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada. Dr. Barnes-Jackson established the first and successful annual Brother’s in God’s Grace (B.I.G.G.) Men’s Rally at Tabernacle Baptist Church. He spearheaded the development of a Clergy Social Action effort called Dayton Ecumenical Social Action Collaborative and led the development of a non-profit Community Development Corporation and Action group with parishioners at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio.

Currently he is Pastor at First Christian Church in Middletown. Rev. Dr. Barnes-Jackson was an Associate Minister at Tabernacle Baptist Church and Pastor of Light of the Community Christian Church (DOC). He is married to Rev. Dr. Pamela Barnes-Jackson and is father to six children and fourteen grandchildren. He and Pamela celebrated thirty-one years of marriage on February 22, 2018 and currently reside in Clayton, Ohio. He is a loving and caring member of the Body of Christ and a dedicated man of God who looks forward to working with others in ways that enhance and promote continuous spiritual growth.

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Connor L. Thompson, Associate Pastor

Connor began his ministry as Associate Pastor on September 1st, 2019.

Connor Thompson serves as our Associate Pastor, Connor is a Commissioned Minister in Care of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ohio. Connor’s duties involve home bound and hospital visitation, preaching, and occasional bible study. Connor is our admin/webmaster and also works along side our Audio Visual team, to ensure our technology aids our worship and congregation.

Connor is a life-long member of First Christian Church, having Great-Grandparents who were early members. Connor has a passion for Pastoral Ministry and Teaching the Traditions of the Church to a new generation. Connor had his first ministry experience serving as Chaplain at Camp Friedlander operated by Dan Beard Council, BSA. He is a Senior at Miami University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Non-Profit and Community Studies, intending to pursue a Master of Divinity and Ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Connor is an Eagle Scout, has a passion for music, and all things technology. When not working at the church, Connor can most likely be found in a uniform serving the Boy Scouts of America.

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Michael Hefner, Music Director

Michael Began his ministry with us on July 15th, 2018. He has 40 years of experience as a church musician. He hopes to lead and grow the music program and work to develop an inspirational and quality music program.

Michael holds an Associate of Arts in Music from Sinclair College, Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Wright State University.

Michael is responsible for Accompanying worship services, as well as directing all music programs of the church, especially our Chancel Choir.

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