You've got enough on your plate to worry about fitting in at church. At First Christian, we want you to be you. Wear what you want. Bring your emotions, struggles, and doubts. And of course, bring the kids. We'll welcome you with open arms.
Our Sunday morning services are warm and intimate. We invite you to join us for a relaxing time of worship and teaching, where all you have to do to fit in is pull up a chair.
As part of one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us, valuing openness in diversity in practice and belief.
Dedicated to compassion and social justice since the movement began in the 1800s, Disciples have vigorously supported world and national programs of education, agriculture assistance, racial reconciliation, care of the developmentally disabled, and aid to victims of war and calamity. Ashland First Christian Church has lived out these values in our own community for over 180 years.
We live out our statement by: Loving God, Loving one another, and showing that love to the world.
Pastor Rich is a lifelong resident of Ashland. He and his wife Donita have been married 48 years and have two grown daughters, Betsy Pate, of Birmingham, AL, and Torie Perdue of Cincinnati, as well as two grandchildren. Rich had a 30 plus year career as a manufacturer’s rep, and during this time, was called by God to become a certified lay leader of the church. Since that time, he has gone through extensive training, led numerous bible studies, worked with various youth groups, and has led worship in over 15 different congregations in and around Ashland County. While volunteering at numerous local and worldwide ministries, he was called by his home church to be their pastor. Being a member of First Christian for over 20 years, Pastor Rich has a unique insight on the needs and cares of our church home. His preaching style is Biblically based, he loves to sing, but above all has a caring heart for all God’s children.
Brian Nabors is a graduate from Ashland University, M.E. and The Ohio State University, B.M.E. Currently Brian is a teacher at Shelby Middle and High School, in Shelby, Ohio, where his choirs have continually received Superior ratings at the OMEA Large Group Adjudication. His Chamber Choir had the opportunity to perform with the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and the OMEA conference in Cincinnati. In addition to teaching, Brian has served as the musical director for various high school, college and community productions. He recently preformed on-stage as Fats Waller in the community production of Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Renaissance Theater in Mansfield. In his free time, Brian also serves as a clinician and adjudicator for the Ohio Music Educators Association, and the music director for First Christian Church in Ashland. Brian is looking at taking up the reigns, serving as the Mansfield Symphony Chorus Interim-Director for the 2018-2019 season.
Ellie is retired and volunteers her time for many church activities. She is an Elder, is on the Worship committee, helps with the After School program, as well as, taking care of the church office. She is married, has a son, a stepdaughter, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.