Our Staff and Leadership

First Congregational United Church of Christ is blessed to have a great staff and dedicated volunteer leadership.


Our Pastor

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

Administrative Assistant: Pam Schau

Nursery Director: Shannon Edwards

Custodian: Derek Fox

Financial Secretary: Brenda Ohnemus

Business Manager: Mike Wildes

Organists: Marilyn Ahrens, Ruth Wilson, Cheri Mills


Our Leadership

The head of our church is Jesus Christ. The leadership of our congregation is the congregation itself. Each year, we elect representatives to our Council, Boards, and Leadership Teams. These groups work with each other and the entire congregation to realize the mission of First Congregational United Church of Christ.

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