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Our Staff.

Senior Minister, Rev. Linda Kemp-Baird

It is my privilege to welcome you as Lead Pastor of First Christian Church of DeLand.  I first experienced the love of God most clearly through my Grandma Ruth and my mother, Betty Kemp as a young child having been brought up within the church.  Although I wandered away from “organized religion” in my high school years, by my mid-20’s I was reawakened to God’s gentle gifts of unconditional love, grace and forgiveness.  Ordained as a Disciples of Christ minister in 1988, I have also served 15 years as a Health Care Chaplain both winthin the hospital and hospice organizations.  I look forward to meeting you, to hearing about your journey and to discover ways that we are called to serve God together!

Administrative Assistant, Dorothy Ashton

Having the gift of organization and administration is key to working in a church office.  I joined this Disciple of Christ congregation in 1985 and I bring these God-given gifts of service daily in the church office.  I love the tasks of using my creativity and meeting people who come to the church office.  From creating bulletins to managing emails and more, I am now in my 6th year of serving the church as Administrative Assistant to the Pastor and to the congregation.

Music Director, Julie Recnher

I have loved music ever since I can remember, riding my rocking horse and listening to the stereo.  My music “career” started when I was 3, playing “Doe A Deer” on my toy xylophone for house guests.  I began playing in church for Vacation Bible School when I was 13, and I have been playing in services ever since.  I have an appreciation for a wide variety of musical styles, although I play mostly classical for my enjoyment.  I am thankful for the gift of music God has given me and count it a privilege to share it with you at First Christian Church in DeLand.
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Our Staff.

Senior Minister, Rev. Linda

Kemp-Baird

It is my privilege to welcome you as Lead Pastor of First Christian Church of DeLand.  I first experienced the love of God most clearly through my Grandma Ruth and my mother, Betty Kemp as a young child having been brought up within the church.  Although I wandered away from “organized religion” in my high school years, by my mid-20’s I was reawakened to God’s gentle gifts of unconditional love, grace and forgiveness.  Ordained as a Disciples of Christ minister in 1988, I have also served 15 years as a Health Care Chaplain both winthin the hospital and hospice organizations.  I look forward to meeting you, to hearing about your journey and to discover ways that we are called to serve God together!

Administrative Assistant,

Dorothy Ashton

Having the gift of organization and administration is key to working in a church office.  I joined this Disciple of Christ congregation in 1985 and I bring these God-given gifts of service daily in the church office.  I love the tasks of using my creativity and meeting people who come to the church office.  From creating bulletins to managing emails and more, I am now in my 6th year of serving the church as Administrative Assistant to the Pastor and to the congregation.

Music Director, Julie Recnher

I have loved music ever since I can remember, riding my rocking horse and listening to the stereo.  My music “career” started when I was 3, playing “Doe A Deer” on my toy xylophone for house guests.  I began playing in church for Vacation Bible School when I was 13, and I have been playing in services ever since.  I have an appreciation for a wide variety of musical styles, although I play mostly classical for my enjoyment.  I am thankful for the gift of music God has given me and count it a privilege to share it with you at First Christian Church in DeLand.