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FCC Chruch Building

Welcome to
First Christian Church Lexington, Kentucky

MAKE... First Christian Church of Lexington your church home!
We invite you to become part of a traditional Independent, Non-denominational, Christian church. Where the choir and congregation sing the songs of your youth. A church who believes the Cross is important and that the Bible is the actual word of God.
(John 3:16) NIV - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 


We believe in a loving unity. We seek to be one with all who follow Jesus. We prefer to be called Christians only,
but don’t believe that we are the only Christians.

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What We Believe!

 We believe in restoring Biblical practice. We try in every way to follow the Bible. That is why our baptism is immersion in water, our communion is every Lord’s Day, our leaders are called Elders, our teaching and preaching centers on Christ, and our prayers are in the name of Christ. Even our name is an attempt to imitate the early disciples, who were first called Christians at Antioch.

We believe in study and education. Our Christian faith demands the best of our minds, so we are a studying church, wanting to know what the Bible teaches and how we might intelligently apply its teaching to our lives.

We believe in praise and worship. Ours is not a dry, intellectual approach to God. We rejoice in the lord and we praise and worship and pray and love and serve Him from the heart. We love to sing and praise Him.

We believe in congregational freedom. Ours is an independent congregation. We have no denominational connection, no bishop or superintendent and no national headquarters determining our policies.

We believe in growth. We want to grow numerically because we are under Christ’s commission to disciple the whole world. We want to grow spiritually because we know that‘s what Christ expects of us.

We strongly believe that First Christian Church of Lexington should be your church home! 

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Meet Our Pastor!

Joseph Lee Cooper - Senior Minister
Joe Cooper has been preaching every Sunday since he was 19 years old. He has held ministries in Indiana and Florida, as well as Kentucky. He, and his wife Pam, have been at First Christian Church, Lexington, since August 2010. McKinney, KY, is his hometown and he graduated from high school there. He has earned degrees from Johnson Bible College (AB), and Cincinnati Christian Seminary (MA). The Coopers have two children. Tim (April) Tim works for The Giving Church. Tim and April have three children, Makayla, Trace, and Lilly Grace. Becky (Nate) Collier is a fourth grade teacher in the Fayette County Public Schools. Nate and Becky have a daughter named Cooper. Joe enjoys spending time with his family, antique browsing, and his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!!
email: jcooper_1852@windstream.net
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FCC History!

July 11, 2010, What a day for the Lord and His church when God called Pastor Joe Cooper to pastor First Christian Church. First has grown by leaps and bounds! God has and does continue to richly bless us, as of 2015, we have added over 200 new members. We look forward to many more years with Joe, his leadership, and the growth of God’s church! 
How different things would be if we defined success based on discipleship rather than numbers? Do we still believe that a few people empowered by the Holy Spirit can change their friends, campuses, communities, families and churches?
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FCC Sunday Church Services

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Sunday School

9:30 AM
 Adult Bible Classes
And Youth Classes for all ages
nursery to High School

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Morning Church Service

10:30 AM

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Sunday Evening Service

6:00 PM
 Adult Bible Study
And Youth Classes for all ages
nursery to High School

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Guidelines For UK Football Parking at FCC

  • UK FOOTBALL PARKING  Over the years we have parked thousands of cars for the UK football games and for a very long time it was first come, first served. The grass parking spots will always be this way. We are now reserving the paved lot ONLY 48 spots at $30 per game. We will sell you a hang tag(s) numbered to the spot you purchase. You may purchase 2 spots only and they must be side by side. Display the hang tag(s) in the front window. 
  • Let me tell you how we are going to sell the spots for 2017. 
    We/I will be at the church 5 hours prior to the FIRST HOME GAME of 2017.
    We will have a table set up in front of the doors to the church on the 
    Audubon Avenue side of the building. 
  • Please be on site no later than 1-hour prior to kick-off.  If you are going to be later than 1-hour you must call this number 859-327-2170,
    Joe. 
    We will sell the spot if it is not being used at 1-hour prior to kick-off 
  • NO REFUND - Tailgating is permitted. 
  • Make your check to:
    First Christian Church, Inc. 
    1305 Audubon Avenue 
    Lexington, KY 40503 

Meet FCC Staff

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Joe & Pam Cooper Senior Pastor

Joe Cooper has been preaching every Sunday since he was 19 years old. He has held ministries in Indiana and Florida, as well as Kentucky. He, and his wife Pam, have been at First Christian Church, Lexington, since August 2010. McKinney, KY, is his hometown and he graduated from high school there. He has earned degrees from Johnson Bible College (AB), and Cincinnati Christian Seminary (MA). The Coopers have two children. Tim (April) Tim works at The Giving Church. Tim and April have three children, Makayla, Trace, and Lilly Grace. Becky (Nate) Collier is a fourth grade teacher in the Fayette County Public Schools. Nate and Becky have a daughter named Cooper. Joe enjoys spending time with his family, antique browsing, and his beloved Kentucky Wildcats!
jcooper_1852@windstream.net

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Joe Bob & Wilma Grider Minister to Seniors

Joe Bob Grider has been asked to come out of retirement to minister to the Senior Adults at First Christian Church. Joe Bob has been in the ministry for many years, having been ordained in 1958. He is a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible with additional graduate work in ministry. His wife, Wilma, is also a graduate of Cincinnati Christian University, with a Bachelor of Sacred Literature degree. Both have been involved in a music ministry for many years. They are proud parents of two wonderful daughters, two great sons in-law and four precious grandchildren. 

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Bill & Lisa Rutan Youth Ministers 

Bill is our youth minister here at First Christian. He arrived in August of 2012. He has had several different very successful youth ministries both spiritually and numerically. He was highly recommended by Wayne Smith and Wally Rendel. Bill will be growing our next generation! Bill has an Associates of Science Degree and a Bachelor’s Science from Cincinnati Christian University. Bill was baptized on July 2, 1972 at First Christian in Springfield, Ohio! Bill loves working with children, U. K. sports, golf, more golf, and even more golf, and cruising the Caribbean! He and his wife, Lisa, were married May of 2013. Lisa is a hair stylist at Fantasia. Lisa, like Bill, has a true love for the people and the Lord. We are fortunate to have such a devoted couple working with our next generation.

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Doug Diggles Part Time Music Minister

Doug Diggles is our part time music minister here at First Christian Church. He and his wife, Diane, and their daughters, Christiana and Katie, have a full time music ministry traveling all over the United States and Canada. Doug and the girls sing and play instruments while Diane brings an extra depth to the songs she interprets through sign language.The Diggles Family is using their God given talents to serve their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Based out of Lexington, KY, this gifted family can be reached at (859) 552-9989, dfmoffice@digglesfamily.com, or at their mailing address: Diggles Family Ministries, Inc., PO Box 24542, Lexington, KY 40524-4542

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Melinda & Brian Cobb Office Staff 

Melinda and her husband Brian have been with First Christian since July 2010. Brian is a Mechanical Engineer working for Lexmark as a Manager in Paper Input Options. Melinda is a retired middle school, high school, and university English teacher. She was also a middle school principal and special education coordinator. Melinda and Brian have a little dog named, Kiva Dunes. Kiva is named after a golf course! Kiva is well loved! Brian loves golf and Melinda loves reading and loves sports! 

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Dan & Norma Milbern Office Staff 

Dan Milbern has been at First Christian Church as a teacher, deacon and elder since 1964. He is retired IBM employee and retired realtor from Reality World. He and Norma have two children-Jackie (David) Browning and Joel and (Frazann) Milbern. Jackie and David have two sons: Lee, and Christopher. Joel and Frazann have a daughter, Danielle. Dan is also from McKinney, KY and is a cousin to our own Joe Cooper. Dan also loves all sports and doing everything that needs to be done!

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