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Joe Tipton

Senior Minister

Joe is originally from Wilmore, KY. He is a graduate of Asbury University and holds a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Leadership from Cincinnati Christian University. He had two successful youth ministries at The Carpenter’s Christian Church in Harrodsburg, Ky and Jessamine Christian Church in Nicholasville, Ky. In 2008, he was promoted to Associate Minister at Jessamine Christian Church and began a ministry of preaching and teaching. Joe started at FCC in August of 2011.His primary areas are preaching and leadership.

Joe is an avid sports fan (Go Cats!), basketball official, and golfer. Joe is married to his wife Jamie and they have one son, Canon. His hobbies are reading, music and golf.

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David Phillips

Associate Minister

David has attended First Christian Church for most of his life. He was ordained at FCC in 2013 and says he has been blessed to work as part of the staff since then in a bivocational role. He also says he is privileged to help with visitation, discipleship programming, and teach occasionally.

David is also part of the FCC ministry team at Otter Creek Academy. He has been married for 15 years to his wife Angela and they have one son Kendall (11). David enjoys spending time with his family and working with Kendall's basketball team. He is employed by Hospice of Lake Cumberland and works in the marketing department.

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Cody Caudill

Youth & Family Minister

Cody joined FCC in March of 2014 as the Family minister. His main areas include middle school and high school ministry and connecting with families in the church. He is married to his wife Erica and they have one son, Timothy.

Cody has a passion for working with teenagers and helping them connect to Jesus. Discipling the youth and building relationships with them is something he really enjoys.

His hobbies include spending time with his wife and son, watching UK sports, cheering for the Chicago Cubs, playing disc golf, and enjoying a cold Ale8 (the greatest soft driink ever made).

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Jamie Reagan

Worship Leader

Jamie says he has been blessed to be a part of FCC Monticello since May 2012 as the Worship Minister. Music, as you would expect, is a big part of his life but he also enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 daughters. They take every opportunity to go kayaking, camping, fishing and or boating on the lake. "Leading worship here has been a blessing for me", Jamie states. "There is nothing like seeing people come together in one mind and one accord to sing praises to our God and I look forward to many more years of doing God’s work here at FCC."

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Anita Bowman

Children's Director

Anita began attending FCC in the fall of 1997 & was baptized in March of 1998. She began working with FCC KIds in August of 2016.

FCC kids is the childrens ministy at First Christian Church. The goal is to welcome kids into the church and help them to develope their own faith & love for Jesus.

Anita is married to Seth and they have 3 children, Liam, Eli, and Cailyn. Anita homeschools their children and leads a local Girl Scout troop. Family hobbies include hiking, gardening and traveling.

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Austin Shearer

Connections Minister

Austin started attending youth group at First Christian Church when he was in high school. He was later baptized at FCC when he was 18 years old. He attended Lindsey Wilson College, and while obtaining his Bachelor’s degree ended up doing a short-term internship at FCC, which earned him a minor in Christian Ministry. After college he moved to Lancaster, KY where he served as youth minister at Victory Christian Church for almost two years. Austin was blessed with an opportunity to return home in 2018, and jumped at the chance to get back to First Christian. He has a passion for outreach in our community. He is able to work with new guests & existing members to increase God’s impact in Wayne County.

Austin is currently employed by Berea College, but is stationed at Wayne County High School where he gets to work with students every day. He is also an assistant basketball coach for the Wayne County boys’ team. He and his wife Bethany are going on three years of marriage. They enjoy traveling, Netflix shows, and watching Wayne County & University of Kentucky sporting events.

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Jennifer Patton


Jennifer has been at FCC since October of 1996. She has been married to her husband Scott for 20 years and they enjoy being outdoors.