Michael C. Dixon
Senior Minister

Rev. Michael C. Dixon has been the Sr. Minister at the First Christian Church since 1991.

Rev. Dixon is married to Peg Dixon and together they have three daughters, three sons-in-law and eleven grandchildren.
He loves sports, reading, (especially Westerns), shopping, eating and yard work. The congregation thinks that shopping and yard work are special.

Some of the things Rev. Dixon loves are the flexibility and variety, as well as the opportunity to invest in people and the openness to creativity with all the great people at FCC. He feels he has the best boss. (GOD)

Rev. Dixon graduated from Ball State University and Phillips Theological Seminary. He is involved in the Christian Church in Illinois-Wisconsin, Lakeland Cluster, Regional Committees, and Church Camps as a Counselor and Director. He loves being a part of the fun fellowship activities the church sponsors and working with kids at Vacation Bible School and God’s Gang.

John Snidle
Youth & Family Minister

John Snidle arrived as FCC’s Youth Minister in 2018.  In his own words, Pastor John enjoys raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string . . . “These are a few of my favorite things” . . . along with camping, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, reading and wasting time in front of the TV.

John feels that FCC is full of incredibly generous, loving and welcoming folks! Everyone is eager to serve and build God’s Kingdom. He especially enjoys the youth – “they are a hoot!” He feels very blessed to be part of the FCC family.



Cheryl Clark
Office Secretary

Cheryl Clark has been the Office Manager for the First Christian Church since 2003.

Cheryl has five children and four grandchildren.

She enjoys reading, old movies, decorating, country music and horseback riding.

Part of the enjoyment Cheryl has in her joy is working for the Lord and with His people. She also likes the creativity she can put into flyers announcements, and especially the church news letter, “The Messenger”.

Cheryl attends the Pleasant Hill Christian Church. Her father was a minister and as soon as she learned how to type, she became his secretary. Because of that, she has been a church secretary and now an Office Manager for a long time. She smiles as she says, “let’s just say I was a secretary before home computers!”

Peg Dixon
Choir Director

Peg Dixon has been the Choir Director of the First Christian Church since 1993.

Peg is married to Rev. Michael Dixon and together they have three daughters, three sons-in-law and eleven grandchildren.

She enjoys reading mysteries, playing the piano, “fix-it” jobs around the house, spending time with the family and friends, sewing and looking through cookbooks.

The things about being at FCC that she really likes are the worshipping of our Lord every Sunday along with the love and support she and Rev. Mike share as the Family of God. She loves helping out with God’s Gang, singing praise to God and planning and organizing the annual Cantata with the choir.

Peg graduated from Ball State University with a BS in Elementary Education and a Minor in Music. And you won’t believe this, but she likes the snow!!

Kathy Peel
Organist & Bell Choir Director

Kathy Peel as been the Organist of the First Christian Church since 1987 and the Bell Choir Director since 2007.

She is married to Tony and together they are the parents of two children, Jamie and Aaron (deceased). She is the grandmother to James and is the daughter of church member Alma Titus.

Kathy enjoys music, reading and babysitting James.

She enjoys the family atmosphere and the support of music used in the worships services at FCC.

Kathy is a graduate of Paris High School, has lived in Paris all her life and works outside the church full time.


Connie Bean
Financial Secretary

Connie Bean took on the duties of financial secretary in 2018.

She and her husband, Larry, have two daughters, Amy and Jill, and three grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Morgan and Ben.

Connie really enjoys the people at FCC and Rev. Mike’s sermons.  In her spare time you will find her camping and trout fishing.




Jim Mathis
Assistant Financial Secretary

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.

Jenny Lynn McMahan
Nursery Attendant

Jenny Lynn McMahan is one of newest individuals on staff at FCC. She began her duties as Nursery Attendant in 2018. Jenny is currently the pre-school teacher for the recently established Pre-School For All extension program at the Paris Memorial School. We are indeed blessed to have her on staff as she is dually licensed in pre-school through 3rd-grade in general education as well as pre-K through 12th-grade special education.

Jenny is married to Joe and they have two sons, Will and Drew. Jenny loves how everyone at FCC treats one another as family. She especially enjoys interacting with the little ones in her job as nursery attendant.

In her spare time Jenny enjoys time with family, playing with her sons, reading, singing and cooking.


Betty Kelly and Evelyn Harris

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.

Evelyn Harris started as a Custodian for the First Christian Church in 2015. She is married to Frank and they have four sons.

Evelyn collects cookie jars and angels. She has slowed down with the hobby because she has started running out of room.  She also enjoys reading, flowers & plants and going to garage sales.

She feels FCC is a beautiful church, and she likes all the people. The hours of the job are great and she really enjoys her work at the church.

Evelyn attends the Nevins Christian Church. She has mostly worked in factories. She retired from TRW, then worked at Walmart and began cleaning houses. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.