First Christian Church  (Disciples of Christ)

Wheeling, WV

Our Church Staff--

Meet our Senior Minister--Rev. Kenneth M. Hardway

Kenny is an Ordained Minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and has been our pastor here at FCC Wheeling since Sept. 2011.  Kenny is also an Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adults with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in WV.

Before moving to Wheeling, Kenny served as the Pastor of Point Pleasant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Eminence, KY, and First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Logan, WV.  Before taking his first senior pastorate, Kenny served the Madison Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Huntington, WV as Youth Mentor and later as the Rev. Dr. Fred E. Warren Ministerial Intern. 

Kenny began his academic journey at Bethany College, and finally graduated from Marshall University with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree with minors in both Sociology and Religious Studies. Kenny graduated from Lexington Theological Seminary in May of 2011 with his Master of Divinity degree, while also being awarded the Ronald Graham Award for best Senior Symposium. 


 Kenny, his wife Alishah, and his two sons Noah and Jonah, are so excited to have moved "home" to the Upper Ohio Valley, where both Kenny and Alishah were raised.

Photo by Chaps Photography

Meet our Music Director--Mary Jo Magyar


Mary Jo has been music director at FCC for almost four years. Some of her ministry includes leading the adult choir, the chimes ensemble, and the music for children's church.  Mary Jo enjoys FCC because the church affords creative opportunities and the flexibility to present all styles of music through many types of performing groups.  FCC has a multi-talented congregation, and the musicians involved strive for high standards and a commitment to provide a meaningful worship experience.

Mary Jo has studied music education at Baldwin-Wallace College and the Ohio
State University
.  She currently resides in St. Clairsville.

Meet our Organist, Geneva Cole

"I grew up in this church, and love it with all my heart," says Geneva, our longest-serving staff member.  Mrs. G began serving as our church organist on August 27th, 1971, and plays finer that any organist I've ever heard!  She shares some of her story below: 

"When I was 9 my mother had me take piano lessons.  She wanted me to play the melody lines of hymns for opening exercises in the Junior Christian Ed. Department of the church, where she was superintendant.  I have been playing hymns and accompanying at FCC since then, having also been in Jr. and Sr. choirs.  I had 7 years of piano lessons.  When married with 4 girls the current organist needed a substitute to go to a Mother's Day event at her daughter's college.  My former piano teacher was now teaching my eldest daughter Julie, and she offered to get me ready in three weeks to do this!  So with 3 organ lessons, I played my first service at my church and 3 years of organ lessons later became the organist when the then current organist could no longer fill the position.  This was in 1969. 

I worship through my music and only the learning and practice during the week are "work" for me.  On Sunday it is my gift to the God who has been my guide and help through these many years.  I improved and learned all through the years from the gift of Don Gerrero as director.  When we moved from 2112 Market Street the only thing left of an organ were a few "tubby" pipes.  Thanks to the generosity of Jim & Lois Drum, Don Gerrero and many others, we now have a very fine hybrid of traditional pipes and modern electric keyboard with which to sing glorious praise to our God and Maker.  My favorite hymns are Great Is Thy Faithfullness and O God Our Help in Ages Past."

Meet our Youth Mentor--Kaylie Allen


My name is Kaylie Allen and I am a freshman at Bethany College, studying Social Work with high hopes of becoming a child advocacy lawyer. I have always had a passion for working with children, and have worked hard throughout my life to become involved with the youth as much as possible. Throughout high school I worked as a first grade student teacher, took part in a program known as Lunch Buddies at a local elementary school, read to young elementary schoolers as a student volunteer, and taught children’s church at First Christian Church in Parkersburg. My biggest joy is working each summer as a church camp counselor, as I am able to spend a full week getting to know our region’s youth and helping them grow in their faith. I was also proudly the captain of my high school’s dance team, a student in the Parkersburg High School Leadership Team, and a member of National Honors Society. I love to help my community as much as I can, and have recently joined Bethany College’s Student Alumni Association, Love Your Melon club, and Student Activities Council. In addition to my studies, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, traveling, and reading. I look forward to continuing my journey to becoming the best leader I can be, as leadership has always called me, and I feel that working as Youth Mentor will be a wonderful, fulfilling experience in building both my leadership and youth work skills. 

 

Send Kaylie a Welcome Note at [email protected]

                          Meet our Church Secretary--Jennifer Fedczak


Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer Fedczak, and I am excited and honored to be serving as the secretary for First Christian Church. I moved to Wheeling with my husband, Eric, a Wheeling native, in 2001 and love our beautiful city. It is a wonderful place to live and raise a family! We have three daughters: Sydney, 13, Emmie, 16, both attending Ohio County Schools, and Savannah, who recently who turned 21 (am I really that old?!) and attends Walsh University in Canton, OH.

 

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from West Virginia University (Go Mountaineers!) and I spent almost four years working with Native American students in Minot, ND before the love of family and mountains brought me back home. I also have a professional background in banking and office management, though Mom is probably the title I love most and certainly the one I have held the longest.


I feel a terrific responsibility to help those around me, so while being a stay-at-home-mom for twelve years I did a great deal of volunteering in the community. I am a former Girl Scout troop leader with almost eleven years under my belt. My daughters are in the Ohio County School system and I spent over fourteen years volunteering in various capacities at Steenrod Elementary. I was also head of the Ohio County Schools PTSA Clothes Closet housed at Madison Elementary for two years. I genuinely enjoy working with children and love helping people! The environment is also something I am passionate about. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” is taken very seriously at my house where we compost our chicken waste for our organic garden, bring reusable straws and bags on outings, and try to only use Earth (and people) friendly products. We have been given a beautiful home by God and we Fedczak’s try very hard to be good stewards of the planet.


I look forward to meeting the church family at FCC! Folks may say I am quiet but once they are acquainted with me they usually say something quite the opposite! If you are nearby, please stop in to say hi or give me a quick call to introduce yourself. I can’t wait to begin putting faces (or voices!) with names!