Core Beliefs

We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and we proclaim him Lord and Savior of the world.

 

We believe that all people are God's children.



We believe that Communion, also known as the Lord's Supper, should be celebrated every time we gather and open to all who seek to follow Jesus Christ.



We believe in freedom of belief, allowing the Holy Spirit, through scripture reading and prayer, to guide all who seek to follow God in the way of Jesus.


Faith Goals

 

We are a group of people seeking to follow God in the way of Jesus Christ and who are seeking to be a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.

 

We strive to be a faithful, growing church, that demonstrates true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice.

 

We strive to be people known by faith, hope, and love.



We strive to embody what Jesus proclaimed as the greatest commandments: to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

 

Disciples of Christ

 

First Christian Church is part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

As Disciples of Christ and the universal body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us. The red chalice symbolizes the central place of Communion in worship. The X-shaped cross of the disciple Andrew is a reminder of the ministry of each person and the importance of evangelism. Our contemporary version is a simple reminder of the accessibility of the Table.

To learn more about the Disciples of Christ denomination, visit www.disciples.org

Rev. Mike hunter

Senior Minister

Rev. Mike Hunter has been involved in ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for the past 40 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. Mike led all three congregations through program and facility growth.  . Mike's past congregation served as a shelter for the evacuees of three hurricanes! 


Since September 2009, Mike serves as Senior Minister and Administrator of First Christian Church, Midland. The congregation is now doing ministry beyond its walls, in city parks and partnering with more than 30 community connections. The Midland church has grown from 200 people on campus weekly to over 1500 campus participants each week.


Mike is a certified educator and has additional distinction as a CCA (Certified Church Administrator) Fellow with the The Church Network (formerly 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 daughters.  Most importantly our two girls have both made them grandparents, Cadence, Oden, Zoey and Xander!


Mike and Enid love RV camping and enjoy the southwest and the mountains.

Rev. Paula Brooks

Associate minister

Rev. Paula Brooks has been involved in ministry in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for the past 40 years and was ordained by Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1981. She has served churches in Big Spring, Irving and Abilene, Texas.


Paula graduated from West Texas State University in Canyon receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Education in August of 1976. Following graduation she taught school in Big Spring, Texas for two years. In the Fall 1978 she began her seminary education at Brite Divinity School at TCU. While at TCU she served as the Youth Minister at Irving North Christian Church in Irving, TX. Upon graduation from Brite Divinity School with a Masters of Divinity, Paula was ordained into the Christian Ministry in May of 1981 at First Christian in Big Spring, Texas and accepted a call to be the Associate Minister at Brook Hollow Christian Church in Abilene, Texas.


She served at Brook Hollow until 1986. Returning to her hometown of Big Spring, she served at First Christian Church working with children and youth as well as part time as an Associate Chaplain at the Big Spring State Hospital. From the Fall of 1990 until May of 2007 she taught school in Big Spring.


In July of 2007 Paula accepted the call to serve as the Associate Minister at First Christian Church in Midland, Texas. Above and beyond her responsibilities at FCC she oversee’s the children’s ministry programs for the Disciple West Area by providing workshops on Christian Education and Children’s Ministry through out the Area as well as serving as the director of JYF camps and rallies and Grand Beginnings Camp for families. She is currently serving as the chair of one of the Southwest Regions CCOOM’s (Commissioned Committee on the Ministry as well as representing her area by serving on RCOM (Regional Committee on the Ministry).


In her free time Paula enjoys gardening, decorating, crafts and watching movies.


Khrysti bair

Youth Director

Khrysti has been on staff since April of 2018. She graduated from Lubbock Christian University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been teaching for 7 years in Midland ISD. Her first year was 2nd grade and the following 6 years have been in 1st grade. Khrysti first started volunteering her time as a youth sponsor in 2013. She enjoyed going to the camps and rallies with the youth and getting to know the youth, that she continued to volunteer year after year. When the youth minister was called to another church in the Spring of 2018, Pastor Mike called Khrysti to talk about being one of the youth directors. Khrysti heard God calling her to do this all day before that phone call. She went to talk to Pastor Mike and knew that she needed to do it. As a full-time teacher, she was apprehensive but let her faith guide her into this calling. She is currently on the Ministry Youth Council for the Disciples West camping program, as well as, the Regional Youth Ministry Council for the Christian Church of the Southwest youth camping program. She is takes on new challenges head-on, even when she is very hesitant about it. She knows in the end, everything will work out as it is planned. The newest challenge is being the sole youth director, full-time teacher, and team leader at school. She accepted the challenge and isn’t looking back! In her free time Khrysti enjoys playing with her 2 dogs, spending time with friends and family, watching movies, and crafting.

Remy Tercero

Associate minister mission and media

Remy is a recent graduate of the University of North Texas, and an aspiring minister. He one day wants to lead a congregation, but in order to do that he need to put himself in a position from which he can learn and grow. From 2016-2019 Remy was the Communications Minister at Central Christian Church, Weatherford. While there he felt God’s calling into ministry. Through the use of media and videos, he has been able to communicate the voice of the church and influence those outside of the church. Remy has been on staff at First Christian Church since the start of 2019. 


Since the Summer of 2015, Remy has gone on 5 international mission trips to the village of Pusir Grande, Ecuador, and led the group on 2 of those trips. This village changed his life in a big way and he plans on still being involved in that ministry whenever possible. He also has a soft place in his heart for people with special needs. His youngest brother, Shay, has been diagnosed with Autism for over a decade. Over the summer of 2018, Remy was the Social Media Intern for the Achievement Center of Texas, a day habilitation for over 140 adults with special needs. While an intern there Remy did some of his most fulfilling media and video work. It really lit up his soul getting to do video work with the students at the center.


In his free time, Remy loves playing tennis, basketball, walking my puppy, and spending time with family. Remy loves opportunities to learn new things. Remy is a straightforward communicator and a definite extrovert that loves spending time with other people. Remy is a pug enthusiast and fan of the Chicago Bears.