meet fcc staff

Joe 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 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!
Joe Bob Grider
Minister to Senior Adults
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. 
Bill Rutan
Youth Minister
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.
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,, or at their mailing address: Diggles Family Ministries, Inc., PO Box 24542, Lexington, KY 40524-4542

Melinda 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!  

Dan 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!