Dr. Brian Brubaker
On July 13, 2014, Brian and Cindy Brubaker accepted the call to lead our church as the Lead Minister (and wife). Brian began as an interim minister here in November of 2013 after several other interim positions over the years, helping churches like ours through times of transition. He was a professor of New Testament and Ministry at Ozark Christian College since his hiring in the fall of 1996. Brian received a Master of Divinity degree from Cincinnati Christian Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
A natural teacher, Brian enjoys preaching through books of the Bible and plans out sermons months and years in advance. His wife, Cindy, works in the school system in Joplin and has the heart of a true servant. Brian grew up around the corn fields of Iowa and is a faithful fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals. One of his proudest accomplishments growing up is winning an award at Camp Adventure for holding his breath underwater the longest!
From August of 2005 to June of 2017, Jerad was our youth minister, working with middle school and high school students. In June of 2017, he officially became our Associate Minister. He leads our worship in music on most Sundays with the help of Brandon Foster and the worship teams and helps with the church's shepherding ministry while also teaching and preaching in the rotation with Brian. Jerad is a graduate of Ozark Christian College and served as Youth Minister with the First Christian Church at Lamar, Missouri before coming to Miami.
He and his wife, Kassie, grew up in Oklahoma City and got to know each other while attending Putnam City West High School. Kassie is now an English teacher at Miami High School. They have two children, Jeren and Jami, both students at Ozark Christian College. Jerad quickly befriends those who know their way around the kitchen and often reaps the benefits of their labor. He views this "quality control" as a taste-tester an important ministry for the church!
Lance Corter was hired as our youth minister in June of 2017. His wife, Sarah, is a nurse at Freeman Hospital in Joplin and has been a D-group leader and youth sponsor for several years. They have two children...Brody and Emersyn. Lance has a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Literature from Ozark Christian College and a Master's degree in Social Work from Missouri State University. Lance was previously the Dean of Students at Nichols Elementary and has been a youth sponsor and D-group leader at FCC since 2010. He is known to some as "The Beard" and is famous among students for his "man bun"! Lance loves to hunt, be sarcastic, and has a collection of beard oils and "MANdles." Brian just thinks Lance "looks like Jesus, acts like Judas and throws like Mary."
Kristen grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and moved to Joplin, Missouri in 1998. She graduated from Ozark Christian College with a Christian Education degree. She has been in youth/children's ministry in Marion, IA, Des Moines, IA and Ozark, MO. Kristen also worked as office manager at Christ's Church of Oronogo for 5 years. She is married to Gary Steele, who works for UPS. They enjoy their new hobby together, raising miniature Dexter cows, whose small size fit nicely with her continual heart for the underdog and under-appreciated.
Kristen is passionate about teaching kids about Christ and working alongside parents to bring their kids to a deeper relationship with Christ. Through upbeat and relevant programming, she seeks to teach kids how to "love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength." (Mark 12:30)
Brandon accepted the position of Choir Director (now Creative Arts Director) in January of 2012. Since then, he has also been an important part of the Sunday morning services, helping lead the music. Brandon and his wife, Mika, have two young children, Hudson and Karson. Mika is a Dental Hygenist at a dental office in Miami. During the week, Brandon works for Saint Francis as a Physical Therapist Assistant. He is very gifted and has a great heart for the church!
The friendly voice you will hear when you call and the first kind face you’ll see when you come in to the church office is Amanda Bryson’s. Amanda began working at FCC at the end of May 2019 after having worked down the street at Washington Elementary for several years. Her husband is Joe Bryson, one of our Deacons and an athletic coach in the area. They are both great servants of our community and church! Amanda makes it her mission to brighten the day of people she comes into contact with, so don’t hesitate to give her a call or come by the church office during the week with any needs you may have or if you’re just needing a listening ear. However, don’t be surprised if, with her background working at Chick-fil-a for 3 years, she responds to your appreciation with “my pleasure”!
Our building demands lots of care, and one man responsible for this work is Terry. Terry provides us with valuable repair work and maintenance all over the building. We thank God for his willingness to serve. His job is never ending and often tedious, but he gives to us and the Lord cheerfully.