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Meet Our Staff


Rev. Gina Johnson

Senior Pastor

Gina has been in the ministry for over a decade and comes to First Christian Church with a very dynamic background and an extreme level of focus and determination to continue making First Christian Church an inviting, welcoming community that anyone feels comfortable coming to as they are working on their own understanding of spiritual principles.

Gina previously served as Senior Pastor at the Warrensburg First Christian Church. “I am excited to be here in Maryville and to help grow the Maryville community spiritually," Gina said. Prior to her position in Warrensburg, Gina served as Associate Pastor/Director of Children’s Ministry at First Christian Church in Sedalia, MO.

Gina’s time outside the church is spent with her family. She has 6 amazing children. Gina loves serving youth and being active in the community. She is an avid reader and loves teaching others as well as being an encourager.

Gina graduated from the Crossroads College in Rochester MN with a ministerial degree and then attended The United Theological Seminar in Dayton, OH where she graduated with a Master of Divinity focused on Church Renewal Leadership.

Gina stated that. “Everyone is born with equal ability to speak life into other people’s lives. I just had a passion for going through the formal education of ministry to learn what the teachers of the past had to share so we can continue the growth of the awareness of Christ’s Spirit in our lives.

"Our services are live on Facebook at First Christian Church of Maryville, Missouri,” Gina noted. "I would like to personally invite anyone in the community who is looking for a positive, welcoming environment to give us a try. Everyone is welcome to come worship with us and learn.”    |  Tel: 757-775-0074

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Office Administrator

Virginia Ripple

Virginia is a third generation, life-long member of First Christian Church and has been the Office Administrator since 2023. She holds a BA in English from Northwest Missouri State University and continuing education without a degree from Brite Divinity School. She is a cat-loving fantasy writer with a wonderful husband and 2 Blonde Blurs.

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Technical Director

Patrick Immel

Pat has served as Technical Director at FCC since 2021.  He manages all technical aspects including Lighting, Sound, Video & Network Administrator.   Pat spends most of his time as a Full-Professor of Theatrical Lighting & Scenic Design at Northwest Missouri State University where he has worked for the past 25 years.


Music Director

Deena Poynter

Deena has served as the church Music Director since 1991.  She coordinates and oversees all aspects of Vocal Choirs, Bell Choirs,Praise Band, and special music offerings of solos and ensembles, as well as music for weekly services in   coordination with the Senior Pastor. She is a retired public school music educator and Northwest Missouri State University staff accompanist for the music department.  



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