Staff

Senior Minister, Rev. Larry Metzger

I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. Our church was the Clifton Christian Church, an independent church that broke from the Disciples some years before I knew about such things.  We lived 3 doors from the church and our family was very involved in the congregation.  I sensed a calling to ministry when I was about age 12 and was an active member until I went to college. In college I was a music major and took a position as the Baritone soloist in the Douglas Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) choir.

I was majoring in conducting and choral composition. However, the Vietnam War got in the way and it was over 5 years before I got back to my education. I graduated from the University of Louisville in psychology. The next week I was at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was back as the Baritone soloist at Douglas Boulevard Christian Church. I then became the Student Associate working with youth and worship.  After 3 years of study and 2 units of clinical work I graduated with an MDiv with concentration in Pastoral Care.

I have been an adjunt at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis in preaching, and Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky teaching worship and general ministry.  I did additional work towards a DMin in worship but was 6 hours short (thesis) or as it is called, ABT (all but thesis).

I have served Douglas Blvd Christian Church, Louisville, KY; Florissant Valley Christian Church, Florissant, MO; Woodland Christian Church, Lexington, KY; First Christian Church, Meridian, MS; First Christian Church, Jackson, MS; First Christian Church, Ponca City, OK and retired in April 2018.

My pastimes are playing keyboards, composing music. woodworking and making databases.

I am married to Kathy who is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a marriage and family therapist with the Ponca City Board of Education. Between us we have 3 children: 2 daughters in Lexington, Kentucky and a son in Louisville Kentucky and 4 grandchildren. We also have Moses (cat) and Fancy Dancer (Yorkie) who live with us.

If there is anything I can do to be helpful, contact me at revlarmetz@gmail.com or call at (405)769-2717.

Youth Pastor of Education and Outreach

We are have organized a search committee for the hire of a new Youth Pastor of Education and Outreach.  We are dedicated to our youth and they are dedicated to one another.  This dedication allows us to continue regular meetings with volunteer leadership. On Sunday nights we start a brief discussion at 5:00 and then usually have a fun activity until 6:30 p.m.  Wednesday evenings, our group meets from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. At this time, we focus on worship, opening up scripture, communion, and a student-led game.

Administrative Assistant, Nancy Harkey

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Nancy recently retired from MTM Recognition, formerly Midwest Trophy, after 28 years of service. She was the Assistant to their Administrative Team, working closest with the Vice President of Sales and General Counsel.

Nancy lives Harrah with her husband Kevin, son Dalton and their dogs; Axel & Rose (mini dachshunds) and Chloe (Alaskan husky).  Daughter Katie and son-in-law Jeff live in Moore.

If there is anything Nancy can do to be helpful, contact her at fccmwc_info@coxinet.net or at the church office 405-769-2717.

 Choir Director, Dr. Mark Johnson

Dr. Mark Johnson joined our staff in August of 2018.  He comes to us with more than 30 years of experience in teaching Music Appreciation, Voice, and has been a Sacred Music Choral Director/Staff Singer in churches continuously since 1978.

Mark is currently an Adjunct Professor of Private Voice and Classroom Topics at the University of Central Oklahoma. He is an accomplished singer, actor, teacher and choral director. He participates in local musicals, plays, and has recorded television commercials in the area.

Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Music (Vocal Performance) from Oral Roberts University. He received his Masters of Music in Voice Performance (Opera) from Oklahoma City University and was awarded his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Voice Performance with a minor in Philosophy from Louisiana State University.

In addition to all of his musical accomplishments he has served as a Captain/Volunteer Squadron Commander/Instructor in the Civil Air Patrol of the United States Air Force Auxiliary and a Forward Air Observer/Boat Crew/Skipper for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Mark and his lovely wife Molly, who also holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree from LSU live in Oklahoma City. They have 2 daughters, one living in NYC and the other in Texas. You can go online to: markandmollyjohnson.com and see their many musical accomplishments.

Mark may be contacted at: mark.fcc.choir@gmail.com

Contributions and Financial Coordinator, John Northcutt

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John has been a member of our church since 2007.  His responsibilities include effectively and confidentially maintaining records and documents on all giving to the church and other income, as well as preparing periodic reports for review by the Church Board and Congregation.   John is a hard worker, always glad to help and answer questions.

Nursery Assistant, Kristy Lowry

Our Nursery Assistant Kristy Lowry is also a member of our Children’s Corner teaching staff.  In addition to her work with our church, she has a private photo booth entertainment business.  She may be reached at  backdrop_entertain@yahoo.com.

Custodian, Micaela Gallegos

We are blessed by the hard work and dedication of Micaela, who joined our staff November of 2017.  She is very upbeat and glad to help when needed.  Micaela is typically on campus Monday through Friday mornings until 11AM and on special occasions.