What to Expect on Sunday Morning - First Christian Church






What to Expect on Sunday Morning

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.

Sunday Morning Worship:10:30 am

What Is a Disciples of Christ Church?

A movement of wholeness in a fragmented world.

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.






Mission Statement:
"Making Passionate Followers of Jesus Christ"

We live out our statement by: Loving God, Loving one another, and showing that love to the world.

The Guiding Beliefs at First Christian Church are:

  • We believe a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, the Son of God is essential in our lives.
  • We rely on the Bible as our guide.
  • We strive to fulfill the five purposes God has for the church: Worship, Discipleship, Witness, Community, and Service.
  • We baptize by immersion but accept Christians into our membership who have been baptized by other modes.
  • When we celebrate the Lord's Supper, all believers are welcome.
  • We welcome all people into our Christian fellowship.

Meet Our Staff

Rich Pate, Pastor

Pastor Rich is a lifelong resident of Ashland. He and his wife Donita have been married 50 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. 

You can contact Pastor Rich via email. 
His normal office hours are Tuesdays 10am – 2pm.



Brian Nabors, Director of Music Ministries

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. 



Administrative Staff


Worship Time
Sundays: 10:30 a.m.
Office HoursPastor Rich Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
or by appt. 
Please call for availability.


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