Our Pastor

Rev. Christopher Marlin-Warfield


Rev. Christopher Marlin-Warfield is our pastor. Pastor Chris came to First Congregational United Church of Christ in 2018, after a career in nonprofit fundraising and communications. He was educated at Knox College (Galesburg, Illinois) and Chicago Theological Seminary (Chicago, Illinois), and has served organizations like Chicago Theological Seminary and Back Bay Mission (Biloxi, Mississippi). His passion, mission, and calling is bringing people together to do good, with a particular focus on people who are experiencing poverty and other forms of marginalization.

Pastor Chris lives in Davenport, Iowa, with his wife, Mariah. Mariah is the pastor at Church of Peace United Church of Christ (Rock Island, Illinois). He also has a dachshund named Hildegard.

Our Staff

Pam Schau

Administrative Assistant

Jodi Smicker

Organist and Choir Director

Shannon Edwards

Nursery Director

Tracia Andersen

Nursery Assistant

Kevin Fox


Brenda Ohnemus

Financial Secretary

Mike Wildes


Marilyn Ahrens

Part Time Organist

Ruth Wilson

Part Time Organist

Cheri Mills

Part Time Organist