Rev. Patrick joined FCC Richmond on October 11, 2021, as our new Senior Minister. More info coming soon!
Dr. Richard Waters
Chancel Choir Director
It is my privilege to be part of the longstanding tradition of excellence in choral singing at First Christian Church. I have been Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music at Eastern Kentucky University since 2011, and joined the staff at FCC in 2015. I have previously served Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ congregations in Connecticut, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia. My first church music experience was as a treble in the All Saints Choir of Men and Boys in Richmond, Virginia. I have degrees in music education and choral conducting from James Madison University, the Hartt School of Music, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I live in Lexington with my wife, Cindy, and our four children.
I am a Richmond native and graduate of Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance. My sister was the first organ student at EKU and I followed right behind her. In my early performing career I toured the country as a pianist/entertainer and was involved in over 47 union musicals/plays. I love to play for all the various programs in the church. I love a good story or movie and have always been astonished at the therapeutic power of music! I am proud and grateful to have been the organist and pianist for FCC since 2005.
Children, Youth, & Media Ministries Director
Emily grew up here at FCC Richmond, attending camps, and youth programs, serving on committees & as youth group president, traveling on mission trips, and working in the church nursery for decades. She came on staff as Nursery Manager in 2018 and took over Children & Media ministries in early 2020, and youth in 2022. Emily loves being able to use her creativity and passion for finding unique ways to connect with the gospel, interact with the community, and accompany children, youth, and families in their faith journeys. She focuses on intergenerational opportunities for families and friends here at FCC, manages our live stream, tech, monthly courier, and social media, as well as leading our children & youth programs!
Building, Events & Janitorial Services Supervisor
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Youth & Children’s Program Sponsor, Livestream/Audio Technician