Rev Brad McDowell


Rev. Brad McDowell ("Pastor Brad") grew up in Nashville, TN. After finishing high school, he attended Duke University, where he met his wife Lisa, and he earned his B.A. in English in 2004. After Duke, Brad spent a year taking part in a fellowship through Duke's Chapel that allowed him and three other Duke grads to explore … Read More


Rev Courtney Hickman

Director of Youth Ministries

Courtney joined the staff at First Christian Church in September of 2016. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2004 and her Masters from Wake Forest University Divinity School in 2008. Prior to coming to FCC she was the Director of Youth Ministries at Grace UMC in Wilmington NC, and Area Director for the … Read More

Natalie Bellezza

Church Administrator

Natalie Bellezza joined FCC in December 2016 as the Church Administrator. Natalie is a native New Yorker who loves her new life by the Carolina coast. Natalie has extensive experience in both corporate and non-profit working environments and thrives on keeping everything organized at FCC! Her previous experience includes Program … Read More

Duke Ladd


Duke Ladd has always been known for excellence in both music and entertainment.  He began piano lessons at age seven playing for family sing-alongs and worked with various bands through high school in his home town of Wilmington, NC.  At 17 he started his professional career with the Spurrlows, an established show band … Read More

Tammy Connell

Nursery Attendant

Tammy feels so blessed to be a part of First Christian Church. 20 years ago, she answered God's call to become a preschool teacher, and has loved working with children ever since. She especially loves spending time with her 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, photography, and playing video games. She … Read More

John Lanier


John is a native of Wilmington and is retired after 23 years as housekeeper at Kenan Auditorium at University of North Carolina of Wilmington.  John has been the janitor at FCC for 23 years.  John loves the Lord and is a valued part of the FCC team. … Read More