First Christian Church


A MESSAGE FROM

OUR PASTOR

"Welcome to our site! I am so glad that you are here. Take a look around to learn more about who we are as a church, our mission and vision for Christ, as well as information about how you can get involved in any of our events and minstries. We welcome you to come visit our church! If you have any questions at all, I would love to connect with you!"



First Christian Church

MINISTRY TEAM

RON RILEY

Ron was born in Canada, the son of missionary parents, but spent most of his childhood in western Iowa. Ron attended Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO and Lincoln Christian Seminary, Lincoln, IL. His wife Donna teaches special education at the lower elementary in Grove.  Together Ron and Donna have five children at home (Joel, Ryan, Alexis, Valarie, Jonny), one in college (Sarah) and two in heaven (Daniel, Lydia). The Riley’s joined First Christian Church in 2013.


THOMAS HAWKINS

Thomas has served as Youth Pastor at First Christian Church for TWENTY years! He graduated from Ozark Christian College in Dec. 1999 with a Bachelors of Biblical Literature degree. His love of students and passion for Jesus Christ is hard to miss. Thomas and his wife, Jill, have three children of their own-- Berek, Neleh and Ivy.




SUSIE NIEHUS

Susie is our Children's Ministry Director and manages our online ministry. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, in Agriculture Business. Her husband Nate manages their beef cattle ranch and owns/operates Niehus Tree service. They have two children--Naaman and Natalie.






WE ARE THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE HERE.

COME VISIT, OR GIVE US A CALL! WE WOULD LOVE TO GET TO KNOW YOU.



FCC GROVE

Five Expressions of a Faith Lived Out


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RELENTLESSY GROWING IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

We are unapologeticly a people fervently in love with God.  We desire to grow our passion on a daily basis for Jesus.  Through the power of God's Holy Spirit ordinary people are being transformed into extraordinary servants for God.



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SACRIFICIALLY LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Jesus told us that the Christian faith could be summed up in just obligations—love God and love others.  Loving God requires faith and submission; loving people requires sacrifice. This community of faith recognizes that every person has value as God's dearly loved child and we must learn to love them as He first loved each of us.  


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RADICALLY INVEST IN THE NEXT GENERATION

Two many people have given up and written off the next generations as lazy, selfish, and entitled.  We see things differently as we look at next generation.  We see God's potential waiting to be rescued and set on a new path.  We see teachers waiting to learn God's word, servants looking for mentors, and missionaries restless to be sent.


BRAVELY SHARE JESUS WITH THE WORLD

We want to be a church that helps people find their way back to God.  Our family, our neighbors, friends, and even strangers half a world away.  Jesus asked His Church to be his faithful witnesses until he returns.  We are privelleged to be His hands reaching out to a hurting world.


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GENEROUSLY EXTENDING HOPE TO THE POOR

Church exists to bring Hope, Healing, and a Home to every human Heart!  That is why we choose to give generously to those in need.  We are grateful to partner with many ministries that bring hope to those who need in it most.



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OUR HISTORY


First Christian Church of Grove traces her roots to gatherings held in a public school building in 1900 when Grove was still Indian Territory. The first formal weekly meetings of FCC took place on February 3, 1903, and her first minister, J. Edmondson, of Evansville, Indiana was called to preach for the princely sum of $35 per month.


The first building was started in 1904 and by 1911 membership had grown to 79. The present Fellowship Hall was built in 1936 and a new chapel, classrooms, and offices were added in 1956. Celebration Hall was added in 1995 as a multipurpose facility. It was later upgraded to add a kitchen, classrooms, and remodeled to host a contemporary worship service. Inspiration Hall was built in 2008 adding classrooms and a playground for children.  The latest remodeling projects were completed in 2015 and includes a new space for our youth groups in Inspiration Hall.​​​​​​​



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CHANGING LIVES

I did it. Became an actual church member today. Not because I grew up in this church, but becaue I chose to be. I became a member because I want a family of believers and because my heart resonates with the mission and heart of FCC.

-Tonya​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

FCC has been a wonderful place to worship God with my family and friends for 40 years. It continues to offer me many opportunities for service and fellowship; strength and sustenance, as I seek His Kingdom!

-Don