Rev. Nick Koontz, Senior Minister
Nick grew up in Lubbock, Texas and received his bachelors degree in biology and anthropology (with an emphasis in evolutionary anthropology) from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. After discerning a call to ministry, Nick graduated with his Masters in Divinity from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth. Before coming here, he has worked in youth ministry and senior ministry across the Dallas Fort Worth area and in Virginia, respectively. Nick’s greatest joy is seeing people grow in life giving relationships with one another and unto Jesus’ way. Outside of work, he likes woodworking, playing guitar, and reading. He especially enjoys philosophy and theology such as neo-orthodoxy, Christian existentialism, mysticism, phenomenology, Carl Jung, and liberation theology.
Dianna Jackson, Music Director
Dianna earned a Bachelor of Music Education with full majors in vocal and instrumental music from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Dianna is married to Dr. Jack L. Jackson II, a mathematics professor at UAFS and an active member of FCC. Dianna has been directing music at First Christian since 1995. She oversees all aspects of the Music Ministry program including managing the budget, scheduling, programming and planning worship services.
Mary Beth Oliver, Organist
Mary Beth was born and raised in Fort Smith, is a graduate of Northside High School and attended Westark Community College. Through her school years, she was piano accompanist for the school choirs. Mary Beth has served as organist/pianist for several local churches over the last 30 years, was organist at FCC from 2008 to 2011 and returned in July 2019. She retired in July 2019 from ArcBest after 33 years. Mary Beth and her husband, Nick, have been married for 14 years and between them have three grown daughters and a son, along with nine grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with family; doing yard work; attending local musical and theatrical events; traveling, especially out West; hiking; and RVing.
Barbara Brown, Secretary
Barbara Ann Brown is a native of Baton Rouge, LA (but, lived most of her life in Natchez, MS). She and and her husband, Steve, have been married for 42 years. They have one son and one daughter and three grandchildren. They moved to Fort Smith in 2009. Barbara has been the FCC Administrative Assistant since 2011.
Pam Shelby, Financial Secretary
Pam Shelby grew up in Tontitown, AR and moved to Fort Smith in 1982. She worked as a computer programmer for Rheem Manufacturing for 32 years. She and her husband, John, have been married for 26 years and have two children. She and her family are avid Razorback fans and attend many sporting events. She has been the Financial Secretary for FCC since 2016.
Randy Alexander, Custodian
Randy has lived in Fort Smith since 1987, and he and his wife, Connie, are longtime members of FCC (DOC). They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren who they love very much. Randy enjoys spending as much time as he can with them. Randy started working as the custodian at the church in November of 1997 after being urged by another member to do it during his spare time because the church did not have a custodian at the time. He thought that he would do it about four or five years, but that turned into over 20! He enjoys doing it, mainly for the activity and exercise.
Patience Hudlow, Nursery Coordinator
Patience was born and raised in Fort Smith. First Christian Church has been her church home for all of her life. She is a graduate of U of A. She is married with two sons.