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  Mike Southards

  Senior Pastor

  mikesouthards@gmail.com

Mike Southards has been our pastor since late 2001. He and his family came to Charleston from Long Island, New York. Prior to the New York experience, the Southards lived in Nashville, Tennessee for 15 years where Mike served two congregations. He was also in the financial services industry in Nashville for five years.

Mike and Kerra have been married for over 35 years.  They have six children and four grandchildren. Mike and Kerra met at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. Mike graduated from Johhson and Kerra transferred to Purdue, where she earned her B.A. Mike went on earn his Master of Christian Ministries degree at Huntington University, and a Doctor of Biblical Studies from Masters International Divinity School.  He is currently plugging away at his Doctor of Ministry degree from Grace Theological Seminary.

Mike is a sucker for a fresh, hot Krispy Kreme doughnut and is the reigning BBQ king at FCC.

 

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  Jared von Kamp

  Associate Minister,
  Music & Youth

  jlvonkamp@gmail.com

Jared has been our youth and music guy since January 2014.  He was born and raised somewhere near a cornfield in Ohio, and then went to college in Akron, where he met and married a girl from Pittsburgh.  Jared and Becca have been married since 2004.  They have three children, two of which are twins.

Jared has a Bachelor of Music degree in euphonium performance from the University of Akron, with a minor in philosophy (you know, to make the music degree extra useful).  He also has an Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.  Musically, in addition to the euphonium, Jared also studied singing extensively, enjoys directing a choir, and is just adequately skilled enough at strumming a guitar to not embarrass himself when leading worship.  

Mostly, Jared is a big nerd who enjoys making charts, reading books, watching cartoons with the kids, and torturing his wife with bad puns.

 

 

Julie Benedict

Office Administrator

FCC@1ChristianChurch.org

 

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