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Rev. Dr. Jim Warren, Senior Minister
(309) 212-6873 email@example.com Twitter: @PastorBLMFCC
Jim came to First Christian Church in December 1998 as our Senior Pastor. He is a native of Mattoon, IL and attended Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, IL, Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, and San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, CA. His wife, Sharon, teaches in Bloomington District 87 schools. Jim and Sharon have ten children ranging in age from 10 to 30, and a granddaughter who is 10. This year he’ll have children at Sheridan Elementary School, Bloomington Junior High School, and Bloomington High School.
Jim and his family live in an old house in the Dimmitt’s Grove neighborhood of Bloomington and feel like they’ve put down deep roots in our community. He delights in reading, cooking, wearing strange ties, and chasing his children from one school, sport, or musical activity to another. He also has a deep passion for the Chicago Cubs, which is quite obvious when you see the Cubs “shrine” in his office. One of the happiest days of Jim’s life came when the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years. Go, Cubs, Go!!
Jim has been in ministry for over thirty years, and First Christian is only the second church he’s served. When asked what he finds most rewarding in ministry, he’ll quickly reply that it’s getting to know people, providing pastoral care, attending to the spiritual lives of others, preaching, studying, and spending time in personal prayer and contemplation.
His favorite scripture is Psalm 42:1-2: As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God. My soul thirsts for the living God. He feels these verses express the universal desire of the human heart for the divine. He hopes this is the focus of his life and the direction toward which he guides others.
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Rev. Holly Irvin, Director of Music and Youth
(864) 921-4874 firstname.lastname@example.org
Holly came to First Christian Church in January 2017 as our Director of Music and Youth Ministries. She is from Pekin, IL and attended Western Illinois University in Macomb Il, and Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. She has two children in college: Shelby in Denver, CO, and Lydia, in Lakeland, FL.
Holly loves walking, biking, reading, laughing, and making music, especially playing the flute. She also enjoys meeting new people and developing relationships and friendships. She is passionate about involving children, youth, and adults in the church and in helping them deepen their relationship with God, especially through music and worship.
She has been in ministry for 29 years in Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina and is glad to be back home in central Illinois (but not for the weather!). Her greatest enjoyment is in helping people use their spiritual gifts to praise and serve God, and find the joy and fulfillment that comes from that!
Her favorite scripture is Micah 6:8: What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. She believes the best symmetry in life is when justice, kindness, and humility are equally embraced and practiced.