Our Mission & Vision
The mission of First Christian Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our church is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, to minister the ordinances, to edify believers, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.
 
 

Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
 
Rev. Cheryl Russell, Senior Minister
 
Hello!  I am so honored to be a part of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Noblesville community.  I began my ministry here in April 2018 and have found this to be a welcoming place with passionate people.  I can’t wait to discover where God will lead this congregation as we continue to follow Christ together. I grew up in Central Indiana and am thrilled to be back in the Hoosier State.  I have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and I taught middle school for 5 years (three of those years in Baton Rouge, LA).  I received my Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2013 and was ordained into the Christian Ministry through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination that same year. In my spare time, I enjoy being the Cool Aunt to my two nieces and one nephew.  I like to golf, read mystery novels, I love to travel and spend quality time with my friends and family.  Also, I'm a huge Indianapolis Colts fans and love going to games! This is an exciting time for First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and I look forward to the work we will do together! Blessings, Pastor Cheryl

Katie Kerr, Minister of Christian Education

Katie joined the leadership team in 2017 and works with all aspects of Christian Education at First Christian Church. She currently oversees the Sunday School program, Logos (Youth group), Adult Bible Study, Vacation Bible School and small groups. Katie is driven to bring others to Christ and works tirelessly to do so. She can be reached at katiekerr@firstchristiannoblesville.org.
 

Susie Beam, TOP Director

Susie's main responsibility is leading our preschool program (Teaching our Preschoolers). Susie has a passion for teaching young ones to grow in Christ.   She, along with her family have served the church in many different capacities and roles and is a dedicated follower of the Christian Faith. Susie can be reached at  top@firstchristiannoblesville.org
 
In 2018 Susie has decided to spread the love of the children she has here at FCC to the children in South Africa. If you would like to help Susie and her son spread the love of Jesus to the children in South Africa please click on the link below.
 
 
 

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Jennifer Midkiff

Jennifer has been with First Christian Church since 2015 and is involved with our choir, hand bell choir and Youth Worship through Logos.  Jennifer works to provide a worship service that is meaningful and brings joy to Christ
 
If you need to reach Jennifer please contact her at
 
In 2018 Jennifer is planning on going to South Africa to share her music and love to the people of South Africa. If you would like to help her achieve this goal you can give by clicking on the link below.
 

 

 

 
 
 

History

The First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Noblesville is part of the Christian/Disciples church movement of the American frontier in the late 18th century. Followers of Thomas and Alexander Campbell (father and son immigrant Presbyterian ministers from Ireland) called themselves “Disciples”, and those of Barton W. Stone (a Presbyterian minister in central Kentucky) were known as “Christians”. From the 1790?s, these groups were among the fasting growing religious bodies in our country.
Recognizing the common elements in each group’s belief’s, the “Disciples” and the “Christians” merged into one unified movement in 1832 at a log church in Cane Ridge near Paris, Kentucky. (The old log church still exists and attracts thousands of visitors each year.) From this simple start, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew into a major American movement. The dual name stems from the joining of both the Campbell traditional identification (“Disciples”) with the Stone label (“Christians”). As neither group wanted to relinquish what they accepted as Biblically-recognized names, the moniker “Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)” was ultimately born, stressing a Bible-centered, straightforward expression of faith, with communion as a central element of worship each week as a means to share and remember the blessings of our Lord’s ministry, the expression of Baptism by total immersion, the attempt to reclaim New Testament spirituality, and an ecumenical spirit seeking the unity of all Christian believers. Ironically, two additional religious bodies are “spin-offs” of the original Stone/Campbell merger. In 1906, a group of congregations divided off to form the modern-day “Churches of Christ.” Then, in the 1930?s, another division created the “independent” ChristianChurches. The latter ones do not use the parenthetical name “Disciples of Christ.” It seems a quirk of spiritual fate that the original thrust of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) toward unity has, instead, spawned these three distinct entities. The history of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Noblesville, Indiana began with the “Baptist Church of Christ” in 1827, and a little log church built on property deeded from William Conner, one of the earliest pioneers in central Indiana. With news of the great revival meetings of Alexander Campbell, Barton Stone, and Walter Scott, a local evangelical gathering in 1834 produced seven confessions and baptisms, and a new congregation was born. One year later, the Baptist Church of Christ sought merger and was received into this new church, and in 1839 a frame building was constructed. In 1854, about 50 members withdrew to form another congregation, and in 1855 erected a house of worship called “The Christian Chapel.” Then, in 1862, all the separated congregations were again united as one. In 1897, the Christian Chapel was torn down, and a new brick and limestone edifice was constructed, and dedicated in January of 1898. At the time of the dedication, the church was now called the “First” Christian Church of Noblesville. As growth continued over the years, adjacent property was acquired and additional space added. Extensive renovation was done in 1970, and other properties added to expand the growing church. In 1983, structural problems in the old building led to the decision to relocate and build anew. Ground was broken in June of 1988 for a magnificent new structure that exists now as the current home of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Noblesville. Begun at the very beginning of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) movement across the American frontier, the First Christian Church rapidly nears two full centuries of service to the community and ministries worldwide. Under new Pastoral leadership in August of 1999, the church looks forward to its ongoing mission of Christian worship, witness, and work in the Disciples’ heritage of being open to Christians of all traditions. We extend an open invitation to all interested people to join us for inspiration, service, fellowship, and challenge as we continue our spiritual journey. Welcome to the Noblesville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)! To find out more about the Disciples of Christ, click on the links below. www.indianadisciples.org (Indiana Disciples of Christ Organization) www.disciples.org (Disciples of Christ Organization Headquarters) www.thedisciple.com (“The Disciple” – magazine of Disciples’ news and views) www.cbp21.com
(Christian Board of Publication)