Whether you are brand new to the church thing or you’ve been around church for a while; we want to say welcome! Our goal at First Christian is to create environments and experiences where you can encounter God in the midst of your life. When you come to First Christian on a weekend, our aim is that you would be inspired by the music, encouraged by the message, welcomed by our amazing community of people & be reminded that God’s grace is here!
Gathering Times 
Sunday: 10:00a
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We want all people to FIND and FOLLOW Jesus

Christ came to earth with a mission.  To find people and invite them to follow Him.  The church is called to be a movement and create a movement of people living “on mission” with God.

“We are on mission because we are created and redeemed by a God who is himself on mission.” Mike Breen

Jim Borton
Senior Pastor
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Our History


It is a rare privilege to be part of such a church as First Christian with a great historic past. Alexander Campbell, one of the founding fathers of Christian churches, preached several times in New Philadelphia. James A Garfield preached as a guest minister in this church before he became President of the United States. We are blessed to be part of a rich heritage of faith. 
The physical building of FCC has undergone many changes that date all the way back to 1844 when the first building was erected. Our stained glass windows are original to the building that was dedicated in 1899. The Kid City wing was built in 1958. The original design of our auditorium and social hall took shape in 1975. Today we are blessed with our current structure that underwent a major renovation in 2004. 

What We Believe


Core Values



Our Staff

Jamie Blickensderfer
Associate Pastor
Matthew Miller
Student Pastor
Kristen Paker
Pre-K Director
Junelle Jones
Elementary Director
Kathy Rentsch
Office Administrator
Carlos Allen
Facilities Manager
Traci Fawcett