Rev. Mike Hunter
Rev. Mike Hunter has been involved in ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for the past 35 years and was ordained by Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1995. Mike has served Disciple congregations in Lufkin (78-92; 00-09) and Tyler (92-00) in times of numerical and spiritual growth. From 2000-2009, he served as Senior Minister for First Christian Church of Lufkin, Texas. While there the church remodeled the sanctuary, expanded and upgraded preschool facilities, and completed a state of the art digital youth ministry center. The congregation successfully added a contemporary worship service, launched a new missional emphasis and served as a shelter for the evacuees of three hurricanes! Lufkin’s multiple worship model has been adopted by several congregations.
Since September 2009, Mike serves as Senior Minister and Administrator of First Christian Church, Midland. Early goals of stewardship stabilization, staff assessment, and visible presence in the community are on track. VBS 2012 was a front page and digital leader for the community with the largest involvement in remembered history. The congregation is now doing ministry beyond its walls, in city parks and partnering with more than 30 community connections. The church is entering a professionally led Strategic Planning Event and November 2012 launched a capital project to upgrade children and youth space and enhance the worship space for all things digital while maintaining the sacredness of the architecture. The remodeled worship space was reopened in September 2013.
Mike is a certified educator and has additional distinction as a CCA Fellow with the National Association of Church Business Administration (NACBA). He has served as board member for the Association of Disciple Musicians, Hospice in the Pines, and Love, Inc. He currently serves on the board of Disciple Village in Odessa.
Mike has degrees from Wayland Baptist University (BM) and Stephen F. Austin State University (MA). Mike has extended continuing education in preaching, program development and stewardship. Mike has written stewardship materials and led stewardship workshops for congregations across the Southwest.
Mike is now serving his fourth different appointment with two different areas to the Regional Committee on Ministry for the Christian Church in the Southwest. This committee is responsible for the ordination and standing of clergy for the 434 congregations of this Region. Mike’s passion is to mentor men and women seeking ordination.
Mike is a member of the Emmaus community and has been guest preacher, assistant spiritual director and spiritual director for numerous Emmaus Walks.
Mike recently completed his 16th year of football officiating, at the high school and junior college level and has finally decided it’s time to watch and enjoy from the stands.
Mike is the oldest of four children, two of which are ordained clergy. He grew up on a farm near Morton, Texas, where he played basketball on a state championship team and made two appearances at the State Tournament.
Mike is married to Enid Hunter. Enid is an accomplished double reed soloist and elementary music educator. They have two married daughters, Micah James, recent graduate of Brite Divinity at TCU and now serving as minister to families and children at Northway Christian Church in Dallas, and Cameron Seale, an avid athlete and elementary educator in Lufkin, Texas. Most importantly our two girls have both made them grandparents, Cadence, Oden and Zoey!
Mike and Enid love RV camping and enjoy the southwest and the mountains.
Rev. Paula Brooks
Paula has been on staff for over three years . Paula graduated from West Texas State University in Canyon receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Education. She received her Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at TCU and was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in May 1981. Paula also has served churches in Big Spring, Irving, and Abilene. Beyond serving in the local church, she has served on the Signal Mountain and High Sky Emmaus Board of Directors as well as serving as the Community Spiritual Director during those tenures. Paula is also a charter Board member of SHARE, a non-profit ministry that began at FCC that serves families who have children with special needs. She has be an important part of that ministry since its inception. In her free time Paula enjoys gardening, decorating and watching movies.
TJ is the newest addition to the ministry team at FCC. He comes to us with multiple years of experience in student ministry. As a Commissioned Minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), TJ has served as Youth Minister at the Jacksboro Parish and First United Methodist Church of Jacksboro. He is an active member of the Central Area Youth Leadership Committee of the Southwest Region, and brings excitement and new energy to the ministries of First Christian Church. TJ enjoys woodworking and camping.
Director of Music Ministries
Mary has been on the FCC staff for eleven and a half years. She studied music at Baylor and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Davis. Mary has accompanied and directed choirs in churches, community and civic choral groups in Texas, California, Oklahoma and the Philippines. She began playing piano in the church at age 11, and has continued to be able to minister the gift of music until the present.
Mary enjoys spending time with friends, watching football, and hanging out with her "grand-twins", Caleb and Abigail, and her daughter-in-law, Lori.