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.
Mary Wolfskill Ybarra
Mary has been at First Christian for over three 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 often more than happy to talk with you. She'll be happy to give you more information!
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.
Longtime Olympia keyboardist David "Red' Rhys-Johnson begins our concert series with a lively and highly entertaining program. A professional performer since the age of 13, Red has shared his gift in many venues, including concert halls, workshops, churches, and retirement communities. Red's greatest asset is his incredibly wide range of music style and his unbridled passion for the piano. He is always a treat to listen to and is absolutely one of the best pianists we have ever heard.