Pastor Amy began her ministry at First Christian Olympia on July 1, 2010. Amy moved to Olympia from Indianapolis, IN. There she served as an associate at Allisonville Christian Church and First Congregational United Church of Christ. She earned her Master of Divinity degree from Christian Theological Seminary and recently completed her Doctor of Ministry degree at Claremont School of Theology. Her undergraduate work in theatre was at Texas Christian University and Indiana University – Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. Before accepting her call into ministry, she owned a used bookstore, was a massage therapist, and was co-founder of the Indianapolis Children’s Theatre. She is passionate about creating an open, affirming, and welcoming faith community that truly seeks to do justice and be a sign of God’s all-inclusive love in the world.
Director of Music
Kate Ayers has served in Christian Music Ministry in many capacities before moving to Olympia in 2013. She has sung in several praise bands in several churches in Indianapolis and worked in the Performing Arts Department of Grace Community Church. She went to Goodman Theatre School, received her BFA from Columbia College, and got her Master's in Applied Sociology at the University of Indianapolis. Most of her career has been working in the Educational and Non-Profit world, teaching, touring, speaking, performing, writing, and creating programs. She enjoys playing music to set a mood and tone and to uplift or comfort spirits in need.
Leland Brungardt is excited and grateful to be part of the First Christian family sharing his love of music with the congregation on Sundays. Leland is an Olympia native who has been involved in the arts/theater community for over 15 years. He has performed locally with numerous theater companies over the years but eventually settled in behind the scenes playing piano, trumpet, and guitar. Leland lives with his girlfriend, Audrey, and their tuxedo cat, Fez.
The Leadership Kairos receives its authority from the congregation. The five voting members, which include the pastor, make business decisions for First Christian Church, and a spiritual elder participates as well.