Pastor Amy began her ministry at First Christian, Olympia July 1, 2010. Amy moved to Olympia from Indianapolis, In. where 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 is currently working on her Doctor of Ministry degree at Claremont School of Theology. Her undergrad work, in theatre, was at Texas Christian University and Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. Prior to 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 the Indianapolis area 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 Masters in Applied Sociology at the University of Indianapolis. Most of her career has been working in the Educational and Non-Profit worlds teaching, touring, speaking, performing, writing and creating programs. She enjoys using music to set mood and tone and to uplift or comfort spirits in need.
Mary Wolfskill Ybarra
Mary has been at First Christian for four years. She's originally from California and loves reading and feeding people! If you're interested in service times or an event, give her a call or send her an email! She can also be found working in our office and is more than happy to talk with you. She'll gladly to give you more information about FCC-OLY or Disciples of Christ! If you need to borrow a stapler or other supplies, she will happily share! The only steadfast rule is: leave the Mr. Spock POP! and Mr. Spock coffee cup alone.
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.
Joyce is our resident child caretaker and has been playing with the kids for over 17 years! Nothing makes her happier than spending time with kids of all ages. She's also an avid knitter and crafty person! When most of us think of Joyce, the first thing we think of is her sparkling laughter and sheer joy she shares with all.
Don has been at First Christian of Olympia for over 3 years. During that time, we’ve all come to rely on him for not only the custodial work he does, but his easy laughter and willingness to help the groups that use our facility to feel welcome!