Pastor - Scott Archdekin
Pastor Scott was born and raised in rural Northwest Missouri. After graduating high school he worked in a factory for four years before joining the United States Army where he served for eight years. After leaving active duty, he was called to full-time ministry, earning a B.S. in Biblical Leadership from Manhattan Christian College and a Master of Divinity from Abilene Christian University. He has worked with a poverty outreach center in Ogden, KS and this is his second Lead Pastor position, the first being at the First Christian Church in Colorado City, TX. He is married to his wife Tammy and they have two daughters, Alexa and Aurora.
Music Director - Carmen Bennett
Carmen started as the contemporary service music leader in September 1998. About 9 years later, she took over as the Music director of First Christian Church and has been doing it ever since. Before coming to FCC, Carmen served at the First Baptist Church in Plattsburg. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocal Music education, Vocal Performance and Church Music from William Jewell College in Liberty. Carmen has been employed with the Lathrop School District for the past 12 years as the 6-12 vocal music teacher. Carmen was raised on a farm outside of Lathrop and is a graduate of Lathrop High School. Carmen resides in Lathrop and has three grown children.
Organist - Mary Hopkins
Mary is a graduate of both Chillicothe High School and the University of Central Missouri where she earned her degree in Math and Business. She went on to teach middle and high school for 25 years, retiring in 2017. Mary loves music and has played the piano for 53 years, saxophone for 50 years, hand-bells for 6 years, and currently is learning how to play the Dulcimer. She started playing the Organ for the church in January 2019.