REV. DR. JIM HILL
INTERIM SENIOR MINISTER
Jim grew up in a large family and pastor’s home in Maryville, Missouri. He entered the ministry
while he was a student at Southwest Baptist University where he completed a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Religion, Philosophy, and History. He met Bettie Jo at college, and they have been
married for 47 years. They have three married sons and four grandchildren. Jim completed
Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Midwestern Theological Seminary in
Jim retired from full-time ministry in December of 2018, and he will complete 50 years of
ministry in early 2022. He has served as a senior pastor, church planter, missionary, and
denomination leader. He has also served as interim pastor for 23 congregations and consulted
with many congregations and Christian ministries over the last 40 years.
Jim and Bettie Jo have lived in Jefferson City and been members of First Baptist Church since
January 1998. They enjoy traveling, riding bikes on the Katy Trail, watching baseball, and
spending time with their children and grandchildren. Jim also enjoys playing golf. Jim began his
ministry with First Christian Church in June 2021.
You can contact Rev. Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REV. SARAH KINGSBERY
Rev. Sarah Kingsbery was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. A lifelong Disciple, Rev. Kingsbery grew up attending a Disciples congregation, going to summer camp at Christmount and participating in regional events. She graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky with degrees in Religion and Sociology.
After some time being a caregiver for her dad as he received a successful stem cell transplant and pretending to be an accountant, she completed work on her Masters of Divinity at Lexington Theological Seminary. During her time at LTS, she also served at First Christian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Rev. Sarah has been serving First Christian Church since August 2015 and is passionate about the church's ministries of faith formation and outreach. Outside of church, she enjoys board games, her ever-changing craft projects, and hanging out with her cat, Ellie.
You can contact Rev. Sarah at email@example.com.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY
Gretchen’s passion for church music was fostered at an early age, thanks to some incredible musical mentors in her hometown of Topeka, KS. She began playing worship services at the age of 10 and accompanying vocal performers and instrumentalists shortly after. While in college at Concordia University in Nebraska, she gained her first experience as a volunteer director of a church choir. She is a former member of the American Guild of Organists and the National Music Teachers Association.
Gretchen moved to Jefferson City in 1984, joining the staff of Trinity Lutheran as church secretary and Director of Music. She has served First Christian since January, 1998. She operated a private piano/organ studio for 25 years. Since 2009 she’s also been on the staff of Westminster College in Fulton, MO, serving as pianist/organist for vocal students and ensembles, as well as for special events for the college and for the National Churchill Museum. In the Jefferson City community she serves as accompanist for the Liberte Women’s Ensemble.
In her free time she enjoys antiquing, home decorating, taking in live music performances of all types, and spending time with family -- husband, Jeff; their three adult children, Benjamin, Seth, and Hannah; and their spoiled black lab.
You can contact Gretchen at Gretchen@firstchristianjcmo.org.
Alexis is completing the process to be an ordained Disciples of Christ minister. She recently earned her Master of Divinity at Phillips Theological Seminary and is currently a Commissioned Disciples of Christ Minister. Her favorite subjects and areas of ministry include… everything.
She has over twelve years of experience facilitating religious education and worship services in various ministry contexts. Alexis began serving First Christian Church as the part-time Youth Director in July of 2020 and began her role as a part-time Assistant Minister in June of 2021.
You can contact Alexis at Alexis@firstchristianjcmo.org
Kathy Speidel has been with First Christian Church since 2004. Born and raised in Jefferson City the
middle child of seven, Kathy has a blended family of six children, 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In her spare time she enjoys taking walks, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
You can contact Kathy at Kathy@firstchristianjcmo.org.
FACILITIES COORDINATOR AND SUPERVISOR
Living in the Central Missouri area for the past 40 plus years, Scott is married to his wife, Alicia, and together they have a blended family of two children.
Scott graduated in 1990 from New Bloomfield and served in the US Navy from 1990 - 2003. In his free time he enjoys reading, fishing, playing his guitar, is an avid video game player, and enjoys spending time with his wife, children and family.
You can contact Scott at Scott@firstchristianjcmo.org.
HANDBELL CHOIR DIRECTOR
Terri Lloyd has been directing the Jubilant Sound Handbell Choir for over 25 years. She was introduced to the handbell world when she was in high school and her home church, FCC in Maryville, MO, purchased a new 4-octave set.
Terri has passed her handbell knowledge on to the next generation. Her family “grew up” playing handbells. Her husband and both children have played in her choirs.
Terri teaches music at Cedar Hill Elementary. She is also an active performer in various community groups where she plays clarinet and saxophone. She performs in a big band called Kapital Kix and plays for local theater pit orchestras as well as other ensembles.
She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Culver-Stockton College and a Master's of Education from Northwest Missouri State University. She also earned an Instructional Technology Certificate from NWMSU.