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Ministers and Staff

Rev. Dick Brooks

Dick Brooks started attending First Christian Church, Falls Church (Disciples of Christ) as a child when it opened its doors in 1952. He has filled many positions at FCCFC including Chairman of the Board, Deacon, and Elder. After his retirement Dick attended Wesley Theological Seminary where he received an M.Div. degree. He was ordained at…

Catherine T. Brooks

Cathy Brooks is a Commissioned Minister and is the Associate Minister of Pastoral Care and Healing at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Falls Church, Virginia.  When she married Dick, she joined him as a member of the Disciples of Christ and has been working at First Christian Church since 1974.  She has focused on…

Phil Gilliland

Phil, a native of Kansas, and his wife Marilyn became members of First Christian in 1967, and since that time he has served as Chairman of the Board, Elder, Deacon, and many other positions. He retired from the U.S. Government as a mathematical statistician and is a former school teacher. He currently teaches Sunday School…

Lunette Arledge

Lunette has been at First Christian since 2001, where she directs our Chancel and Ensemble Choirs and supervises all other music staff. She is a gifted musician and director having served as soprano soloist with the Paul Hill Chorale and The Washington Singers. She received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Louisville…

Joni Laurence

Joni Laurence was appointed the Safe Haven Co-Coordinator in May 2014. Her career spans the fields of nursing, hospitality oversight and catering. After a 25-year Intensive Care Unit nursing career, she expanded her passion for helping others through her cooking skills. Joni began coordinating and cooking for large groups at her son’s public schools. While…

Donna Hawley

Donna Hawley was a Safe Haven volunteer with her church, Rock Spring UCC for several years, and was appointed Co-Coordinator of the program in the summer of 2016. She continues to volunteer with Rock Spring UCC with the same group of merry food prep friends, once a month, for the day workers in Shirlington, for…

Bill Rife

Bill sings tenor as a performer and teacher.  He has served as a regular and substitute organist at various churches.  He has directed the children’s, youth and adult choirs at various churches.  He is currently the director of the children’s choir at First Christian Church in Falls Church.  Bill has provided vocal instruction to members…

James Williams

James manages all janitorial services at First Christian Church and has worked here for over 20 years. In addition to working for the church, James has been a Fairfax County employee for over 30 years. James keeps the church sparkling from top to bottom. He lives with his family in Woodbridge.

Yeri Jang

Yeri is an accomplished organist who has served in many music ministries and choruses. As a recitalist, Yeri’s performances have been featured in the Washington D.C. and Baltimore metro areas as well as in Austria and South Korea. She received her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where she was…