FCC has a long history within Madison County that dates back to the early 1800’s, but our story begins even earlier. We are part of a denomination called the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), which began as the frontier of our country was first being settled throughout Kentucky in the early 1800’s. In fact, we can trace our history back to a revival meeting that took place in Cane Ridge, a farming community near Paris, KY.
Leaders at this revival included pastors from Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian churches who found the sense of community that developed in spite of religious differences to be a refreshing way of envisioning how to be a church. Overtime, many Christians became drawn to a vision of the church that emphasized unity, freedom of belief and the restoration of the earliest Christian practices such as baptism by immersion and weekly communion.
FCC of Richmond has been creating sustainable ways of addressing the needs of our community for many years. Programs like Open Concern and Hopes Wings were started by members of FCC and continue to meet important needs. FCC was also one of four churches that came together to create the St Andrews Place Retirement Community, which has grown to become a vital part of Madison County.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), headquartered in Indianapolis, can be found all over the US and in many countries around the world. More information about our denomination can be found here.
Practices we value most:
- Weekly communion (the Lord’s Supper) that is offered to all who are part of the worship service.
- Creating a community where differences of belief are welcomed. We are all on a journey of faith and no one person or religious group has achieved absolute understanding.
- Everyone can be a minister. We believe that all men and women, whether ordained or not, can lead in worship, serve communion and minister to the people in the church. God has work for all of us to do.
- We strive for unity with other Churches by looking for ways to work with any denomination or religious tradition that seeks to show God’s love, acceptance and welcome to all people.
Beliefs we value most:
- All people are children of God and worthy of God’s love and grace.
- Walking in the footsteps of Jesus will transform our lives and the world.
- Through the power of the Holy Spirit we are moved to do the impossible.
- God continues to speak to us through our sacred text, the Bible. As we devote ourselves to the study of the Scriptures we come to understand how God desires us to live.
Our Vision is to be a Disciples of Christ congregation that embraces our community and world with God’s love by being open to all, serving as a leader for positive change in our community, and expressing a vibrant faith that blesses others as well as ourselves, as a presence for Christ.
Our Mission as disciples of Christ is to share God’s love with all people, by developing our spirits, creating ministries that will improve lives, and becoming a hub for all in the community who are working to help people.
FCC Core Values
Liturgical Worship: We believe our rich history equips us to continue and improve liturgical worship.
Progressive Christianity: Enabling and facilitating Christ’s presence in our world calls for inquisitive minds, passionate hearts and strong commitments.
Congregational Life: Being God’s love for each other is our most important ministry.
Community: We believe that Christ compels us to be a force for positive change in our community.
Mark Condrey, Senior Minister
I am excited to be part of such a wonderful and caring community of faith with a rich history in Madison County. My wife, Loraine, and I, along with our two children, Emily and Max, are blessed to make First Christian Church our church home. Prior to coming to FCC I served two congregations in Indiana and one in Florida. I have a Master of Social Work and previously worked as a therapist and hospital social worker. I graduated from Christian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. When not serving the church I can be found working around my house, fishing, golfing or watching my son play lacrosse.