Pastoral Staff

Pastor Joel Bucklin – Senior Pastor Joel Bucklin

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Pastor Joel began serving as senior pastor of First Church in July 2016. He previously worked as the youth pastor and associate pastor at the United Church of Huntington in Wellington, Ohio from 2009-2016. He has a passion for studying and teaching God’s Word, and seeing people incorporate their faith into their everyday lives.

Joel is originally from Western New York. He attended Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana and Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible & Religion and Mathematics, and his Master of Divinity with a concentration in the Old Testament.

Joel is married Alie who is a special education teacher in Celina City Schools. They have two children, Josephine and Myles.

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33

Tory Breitigan – Director of Children and YouthTory Breitigan

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Tory began working at First Church in July of 2015. She graduated from North Park University in Chicago with a double major in Youth Ministry & Biblical and Theological Studies. At North Park, Tory interned at three different churches through out her four years before signing on to be the Director of Children & Youth at First Church after graduation. She has a passion for the Lord and for children and youth. She loves helping children and students know and grow in their relationship with Christ. In October 2017 Tory married Jake Breitigan.

Administrative Staff

Connie Schroer – Office Manager / TreasurerConnieSWebPhoto

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Connie Schroer joined the staff at First Church in early 2006.  She is married to Allen Schroer.  She is the Office Manager & Treasurer and is responsible for all aspects of the office and finances of the church.  Connie is in the office from 8am to 3pm M-Th.

Music Staff

Sharon Chaney – Musician

SharonChaneySharon began serving First Church in 2013 as accompanist for the choir, bell choir and vocalists in the music program.  She also leads the praise & worship team.  She is married to Robert and they are parents to Rob, Erica, Ben and Caitlin.  They have 8 grandchildren.

Beth Butcher – Vocal Choir Director  Beth Butcher

Beth joined First Church in 2022 and leads the vocal choir.  She is married to Dan and they have three sons, Ethan, Dean & Connor.

Custodial Staff

Greg & Lori Kremer

Kremer, Greg & Lori

Greg & Lori joined First Church as staff members in 2016. They took over the job of daily care & cleaning of the church and ministry center buildings.  They also set up for events and make sure those who use the facilities have a great experience.   Greg also helps run the sound system on Sunday mornings.

Kingdom Over All

Reflections on the Bible, life, and the Kingdom of God from Joel Bucklin

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