Reece Jones began his ministry as the pastor at FCC Paris in April of 2022. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and Jacksonville, Florida. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida and graduate theological degrees from Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond and Asbury Theological Seminary. He has served Disciples’ congregations in Virginia and North Carolina before coming to Paris. Reece is married to Claudy and is the father of seven children and six grandchildren.
Faith Milam began as the FCC Youth Director in 2022. Faith was born and raised in Paris, Illinois. Faith received her Bachelors in youth ministries and her Masters in pastoral care & counseling, both from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. Faith also works at a Christian counseling center in Terre Haute doing youth and family counseling and is the district safety coordinator for District 95 schools in Paris.
During her time off she enjoys traveling to see friends and family, reading, being outdoors and listening to the life stories of individuals. Faith is married to Kenny Milam.
Cheryl Clark has been the Office Manager for the First Christian Church since 2003.
Cheryl has five children and six grandchildren.
She enjoys reading, old movies, decorating, country music and horseback riding.
Cheryl is passionate about supporting the ministry of the Lord and working with His people. She appreciates the relationships and interaction with those who come into the office. She especially likes the parts of her position that allow her to be creative.
Cheryl attends the Pleasant Hill Christian Church where her father ministered for nearly twelve years. As soon as she learned how to type, she became his secretary. Because of that, she has been a church secretary for a long time. She smiles as she says, “let’s just say I was a secretary before home computers!”
Jessica Hendrickson joined the FCC staff as Chancel Choir director in 2019. She is married to husband, Eric and currently serves as the choir director and assistant director of bands at Paris High School and Mayo Middle School. Her duties include the PHS Choir, Elite Harmony, Mayo Middle School choir, Music Director of the Spring musical, as well as assisting Dr. Pruiett and Ms. Farley with the Paris High School and Mayo Middle School bands.
Mrs. Hendrickson studied at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in music education with an emphasis in horn. Jessica started her masters in music education at The University of Illinois in the summer of 2019.
Besides music, she enjoys longs walks on the beach and spending time with her three rescue pitbulls.
Bethanny Lawson is a lifelong piano player and teacher of eight years. As a volunteer for services at Community Bible Church, theater rehearsals, Christmas in Paris, choirs, bands, orchestras, and much more, she is experienced and in love with the art of music.
A Paris native returning from a brief adventure in Washington, D.C., Bethanny is excited to spend some time back home as the First Christian Church organist, enjoying the great outdoors, her family, and cat Freyr. She works for the Coles County Regional Planning and Development Commission (CCRP&DC) as a Community Planner.
Patty Waters took on the duties of financial secretary in 2019.
She lives and owns farmland in Elbridge township. Her family includes son, Chris, and his wife, Brittany.
Patty retired in 2014 after forty years in human resources management. Thirty-seven of those years were at the Bemis Company in Terre Haute. In her spare time, Patty enjoys gardening, deer hunting with her son, reading and working on farm projects. She is also an avid runner.
Patty especially enjoys the friendly, supportive congregation at FCC. She has been a member since 2005. She is appreciative of the church’s involvement in our community and as a result, serves as a volunteer at the Community Kitchen and helps with God’s Gang.
Jim Mathis has been the Assistant Financial Secretary at the First Christian Church since 2012.
He is married to Cindy and they have two children, Megan and Malloree and one grandchild, Taylor. His sisters, Peggy Barath and Coralie Smittkamp are very active members at FCC. He has a brother Bob who lives TN.
Jim loves watching sports and favorite shows on TV, listening to music, being involved in community and church events, politics, Kiwanis and singing in the choir.
Jim has been involved with some aspect of FCC since his childhood. He feels FCC is like an extended family and really enjoys working with the Financial Secretary and the responsibility that is a part of the position.
Jim is retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation. He is currently serving as Paris Township Clerk, Precinct Committeeman Paris 10, Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Paris as well as Advisor to the Paris Kiwanis Aktion Club. He is also Treasurer of the Edgar County Republican Central Committee, Paris and is an International Thanksgiving Fellowship Board member.
Cathy Clawson began her job as Nursery Attendant at First Christian Church in 2019. Cathy enjoys having that time with the “little ones,” a job she truly loves because the the kids are so amazing. She also enjoys sewing, reading, baking and spending time with family. Cathy has two daughters, Brandy and Jennifer, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Cathy states, “I like how FCC is not just Church, but Family. They are there for you whenever the need arises.”
Her Sunday morning duties still allow her time to continue working at our local Dairy Queen, a job she has held since 1991.
Betty Ann Kelly has been a Custodian at First Christian Church since 2014. She and Forest have four children, five grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
She really enjoys doing things for her church, spending time with the family, going on vacations, music, reading, walking, shopping with her daughters and granddaughters and taking pictures of the grandchildren.
Betty likes her position at FCC because the people are friendly, polite and very helpful. Her job hours are flexible and the working conditions are very clean.
She is a member of Nevins Christian Church, worked at TRW for eighteen and one half years and was employed at Colson’s for ten years. Previously she and her family lived in California for ten years.
Linda Warner began her house cleaning duties at FCC in 2020. She has four children (three girls and a boy), ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Needless to say, she enjoys being with family and especially attending the school activities of the kids.
Linda is an avid gardener. She has been known to spend hours in her yard at home working and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. When the weather requires her to be inside, she can usually be found solving word puzzles.
Linda says that everyone at FCC is so nice and friendly. She enjoys the time at work, especially working with her friend, Betty Kelly who she has known since 1974.