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FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
2109 W. HWY 377
GRANBURY, TX 76048

Phone: 817-573-5431
Fax: 817-573-5430
Email: office@fccgranbury.org

Facebook: @FCCGranbury

SIMPLY CHRISTIANS

We are Simply Christians.  We come from many different backgrounds and worldview:  political, age, and social views. We disagree on many things but are united around 3 important truths: 

  • God loves all people with no exceptions
  • Jesus is the Christ and teaches us how to take better care of each other and the world
  • Everyone is welcome here

Most importantly, we believe in loving each other, especially, when we disagree. 

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OUR MISSION

Our mission is to share with ALL people the love of God that we experience in Jesus Christ our Lord.

We do this by welcoming everyone that comes through our doors into worship, study, and fellowship with us. We do this so we might glorify God together and grow in faith, hope, and understanding.  We also seek to fulfill this mission by reaching out to serve "the least of these" (Mt. 25) in our nieghborhoods, Hood County, and beyond - with an emphasis on children and people struggling with hunger and health issues.

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and our Lord and Savior. Our shared goal is to build our lives around glorifying God and following Jesus Christ to the best of our ability; each in our own way.

The Bible tells the story of God's redemptive power in the world and fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Everyone at FCC is encouraged to study and interpret the scriptures for themselves. We believe we know God more fully when the body of believers bring their own faith experiences to the table.

 

COMMUNION TABLE

The communion table is the central piece of our worship service and the cornerstone of our community life. We serve communion each week at an "open table," where all are welcome. Jesus welcomed all who would come into his presence. We invite anyone who would come to join us, despite what you look like, how you vote or who you call "family." We believe that everyone is welcome at the Lord's table with us, in worship among us, and in service to the world beside us.

Here at FCC Granbury, both men and women share equal leadership here. All people are encouraged to serve where they feel called. 

To find out more about the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) as a denomination, click here.

WHERE WE'VE BEEN... 

 

The official beginning of First Christian Church of Granbury was in the fall of 1873 when Joseph Addison Clark and his two sons, Addison and Randolph, established the AddRan Male and Female College in Thorp Spring, 3.8 miles northwest of Granbury.  The history of First Christian Church is closely tied to that of AddRan College, which eventually evolved into Texas Christian University (TCU).

THE ORIGINAL HOME OF FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GRANBURY

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original building

In 1873 when Randolph Clark came to Hood County from Fort Worth to help establish AddRan College, he reported finding a small group of “Campbellites” meeting in the courthouse.  J.H. Harbison, the livery stable owner, preached on Sundays. The church began to serve as the church home of Clark and his family as well as the students of AddRan College.  The Clarks and AddRan (TCU) eventually moved to Waco and finally to Fort Worth, but some congregants stayed behind to minister to the community of Granbury.  In 1889 members of the congregation constructed a frame building at the southeast corner of Houston and Bluff Streets. The deed to the building was filed in Hood County on April 22, 1889.  

The congregation worshiped in this building for the next 97 years. The original frame building has since been moved to the corner of Bridge and Brazos Streets, where it is now the Dora Lee Langdon Cultural and Education Center, a concert hall of Tarleton State University.

On Easter Sunday in 1986 the members of First Christian Church worshiped for the first time in the newly constructed limestone building at 2109 West Highway 377. In 1998 the congregation dedicated the $1.3 million addition including a fellowship hall/gymnasium, an enlarged sanctuary, a classroom wing, a new and enlarged nursery, and a lobby with an atrium and a foyer.

2006 groundbreaking

2006 groundbreaking

GROUNDBREAKING FOR OUR NEWEST ADDITION IN 2006

In June 2006 we celebrated the completion of the most recent addition to our facilities. The new building includes offices, bathrooms with showers, two large classrooms for youth, additional classrooms for adults, and a library area. The earlier education wing is now devoted to our children's ministry.

We burned the mortgage to the 2006 addition in March of 2012 and are now completely debt free.  In less than two generations, FCC has gone from a worshiping membership that would barely fill two pews to one with a membership of approximately 380 and with worship attendance averaging over 200 each Sunday.  FCC is currently dreaming about what God is calling us to be in the next phase of our life.  We are excited to explore new ways to love and serve Granbury.

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JUSTIN JETER: SENIOR MINISTER

Justin Jeter is husband to Jamie and dad to Gabriel. He did his seminary studies at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth and Pacific School of Religion in California. He previously served at First Christian Church of North Hollywood, CA, and was Co-Founder of PurposeMatch.com. Justin especially loves Isaiah 43 and the book of Luke, along with church camp, teaching people how to wakeboard, and puttering around the house. Justin cannot cook to save his life, but Jamie- a schoolteacher in Weatherford- is an excellent cook, and Justin tries to pull his weight by doing the dishes. Email Justin at justinjeter@fccgranbury.org.

 
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TIFFANY DANNA: ASSOCIATE MINISTER & CHILDREN'S MINISTER

Tiffany grew up on a farm in Northern Oklahoma before moving to Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi and attended Brite Divinity School receiving her Masters of Divinity. Tiffany joined the staff at FCC in April of 2013 and is serving through interdenominational appointment as an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. Throughout her career, she has served as a children's director, youth director, associate pastor, and senior pastor at a number of United Methodist congregations, as well as a  chaplain for Interim Hospice Care. Some of Tiffany's favorite things are Dr. Pepper, Mexican food, working with kids, good stories, and her beloved Bichon named Louie. Tiffany and her husband Joe live in Granbury and have an adult daughter named, Beth.  Email Tiffany at tdanna@fccgranbury.org.

 
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ALEXANDRIA 'ALEX' SMITH: YOUTH MINISTER & WEBMASTER

 

Alex was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Youth and Family Ministry in the Fall of 2016 from Lubbock Christian University. Alex joined our staff in January of 2017. She is currently a graduate student at Brite Divinity School at TCU working towards her Masters of Divinity. Alex currently serves as a member on the planning team for Disciple Summer Mission and has worked on mission trips such as: Albuquerque, San Marcos, and 2017's trip to Baton Rouge. Some of Alex's favorite things are Dr. Pepper, Harry Potter, Elephants, and spending time with friends and family. Email Alex at alexsmith@fccgranbury.org.

 
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ELLEN BUCK: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

 

Ellen is a native Texan, born in Abilene and raised in Vidor.  She and her family have been attending First Christian Church since 1998. Ellen became the Administrative Assistant at FCC in the fall of 2012.  She and her husband Kevin have two children, Megan and Levi. Email Ellen at office@fccgranbury.org

 
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BUDDY PEDIGO: CHOIR AND HAND BELL DIRECTOR

Buddy graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Music Education, he is a retired elementary school teacher in Granbury ISD.  He taught for many years at Baccus Elementary, as well as, Acton Elementary School.  Buddy directs the choir for our Traditional Service at 11 am and the Hand Bell group. Buddy has been with First Christian Church for over 12 years. 

 

JEREMY BOWEN: ORGANIST AND PRAISE BAND LEADER

 

Jeremy Bowen has been with FCC Granbury since 2007. He is the Co-Director of Music in which his responsibilities including rehearsing and praising with the praise team, "Witness." He also assists with conducting the Adult Choir and Bell Choir, and provides service music on organ and piano. He is also the choral director at Granbury Middle School where he oversees a program of over 280 students in 6 performing ensembles. His choirs have received Superior Rathings at area contests and many of his students have been selected to participate in Region and Area choral auditions and concerts. Prior to Granbury Middle School, Jeremy attended Baylor University and studied Collaborative Piano with Dr. Kae Hosoda-Ayer and Jane Abbott-Kirk. Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Music Education at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX. He studied piano with Dr. Leslie Spotz, voice with Dr. Jammieca Mott, and choral conducting with Dr. Charles Rives and Dr. Troy Robertson. Jeremy is an active pianist and clinician throughout the DFW area. He has also performed internationally with trips to Ireland, Japan, Hawaii, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Jeremy is a member of TCDA, TMEA, ACDA, and Phi Mu Alpha. Email Jeremy at jeremyabowen@gmail.com. 

 

LINDA HAYES: NURSERY DIRECTOR

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Linda has attended FCC Granbury since 1994 with her husband Bruce. Linda and Bruce quickly became active in the church's community- Linda became the Nursery Director in 1999, while Bruce took a spot in the Praise Band. Linda and Bruce have lived in Granbury since 1983. She has been a nurse for the last 32 years and has worked in with the IDD population for the last 23 years and working in local nursing homes since she was licensed in 1984. Bruce and Linda, together, have 7 kids and 10 grandchildren and enjoy spending as much time as they can with them all. 

 

WESLEY BALLESTEROS: SOUND TECHNICIAN

Wesley is the newest member to our staff, joining us September of 2017. Wesley is a native Texan but has also lived in Arkansas and Wisconsin. He is currently working as a Vet Tech here in Granbury. Wesley enjoys photograph and writing. Contact Wesley at wesleyballesteros@fccgranbury.org

 

DON ATCHISON: CUSTODIAN

Don joined our staff in 2012.  He originally hails from Indiana.  Don and his wife moved here a few years ago to be close to their wonderful daughters and grandchildren.

 

JUDY BOSS: PARISH NURSE

Judy's Christian faith has compelled her to work in many areas of the church. She says that one of my most rewarding positions has been that of a Parish Nurse. Judy received her Parish Nurse training about 17 years ago from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.  She has worked in that capacity in Fulton, Missouri and was one of three Parish Nurses that served several denominations.  After that Judy served in 3 Disciples churches in Missouri and Colorado.  Her work was always as a volunteer as, are most Parish Nurses. Parish Nurses are trained to focus on the whole person and emphasizes wellness, disease prevention, health promotion and spirituality.  They are trained health educators, personal health counselors, facilitators, advocates and interpreters. Judy has also worked as a home health nurse, started and administered a home care agency, and did home care consulting. She has worked as an Emergency Room Nurse, Poison Information Center nurse, and Special Projects Analyst in Nursing Administration at Parkland in Dallas. And now, Judy is thoroughly enjoying serving here at First Christian in Granbury.

 

ANN LOCKARD: LIBRARIAN 

Ann is a native North Carolinian and graduated from Appalachian State Teaching College in Boone, North Carolina with a Bachelor's Degree in Library Science. She is a retired elementary librarian having taught in North Carolina, Florida, and Texas. She has been volunteering in the church library since 2006. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, crocheting, and knitting. Since 2011, she has partnered with Chick-Fil-A to do story time twice a month for children ages 2-5. She enjoys playing Bunco! Ann and her late husband, Boyd, have two children, who are grown with families of their own. She is the grandmother of six- ranging in age from 13-22.

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Here at FCC Granbury, we have been blessed to have the land that we do. We have an up to date facility with many great indoor and outdoor things for our community.

Library

Rose Garden

Labyrinth

Community Garden

Do you have any questions or wanting to seek out more information?

Give us a call, email a staff member, or just come on by!

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
2109 W. HWY 377
GRANBURY, TX 76048

Phone: 817-573-5431
Fax: 817-573-5430
Email: office@fccgranbury.org

Facebook: @FCCGranbury