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

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