Our Staff

Senior Minister

Rev. Jeff Bell

jeff.bell@firstchristianchurchparis.org

Jeff was baptized at First Christian Church, Corbin, Kentucky. After graduation from Lexington Theological Seminary, he was ordained in June, 1983 by First Christian, Somerset and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Kentucky.

Jeff accepted a call to FCC in 1999.  He is a graduate of Transylvania University and attended General Motors Institute. 

He serves on the Board of Bourbon Heights and is currently president of The Well advisory board and the Operation Food Basket Board in Paris. He works with the Habitat for Humanity project in Paris. To be in touch with Jeff, call the church at 859-987-3940 or his cell phone 859-707-7886.

Jeff married Dr. Susan Bell, in 1977.  She serves as Professor of Psychology at Georgetown College. Their son Chad is a Special Olympic’s athlete and works at a Healy Family McDonalds Restaurant. He is a deacon in the church. Their daughter is married to Matt Simpson and they have two children – Eli and Olivia. 

 

Youth Ministry

 Andrea Underwood      

  Andrea.Underwood@firstchristianchurchparis.org

Andrea joined the First Christian Church staff in September, 2018. She entered into the waters of baptism and became a member of FCC at 13, where she enjoyed youth group, Sunday School and attending Camp Wakon’Da-Ho in the summer. Andrea’s extended family have been devoted members of FCC for several generations. 

Prior to accepting the position at the church, her creative and energetic leadership of our summer Vacation Bible School provided high energy worship, interesting Bible lessons and outreach projects that continue to serve the community even today. She is a certified Children Worship & Wonder Storyteller and loves working with youth of all ages.

Andrea has been happily married to Mark Underwood for 21 years and has 2 beautiful daughters: Elizabeth “Grace” and “Addison” Hope. Both girls attend Paris City Schools and are involved in school activities along with learning, fellowship and outreach at the church.  She also has 4 four-legged babies: 1 cat: Luna Pearl, 3 dogs: Caroline, Blue and Brandi that she loves very much. Andrea husband Mark works at UK and is active in church life. 

       

Administrative Assistant

Dianne Stubblefield

dianne.stubblefield@firstchristianchurchparis.org

Born and raised in Paris, KY, Dianne graduated from Paris High School and attended Morehead State University.

She was invited to join the staff at FCC in July, 2002. Prior to her employment at the church, she was a valued employee of the Paris City Schools.

She is married to Lewis and they have one son, Jeremy and one grandson, Carter Clay (Bo) Stubblefield.  Lewis and Dianne have spent most of their time in Paris and Bourbon County. The one exception was a four-year stay in Boca Raton, Florida while Louie was with IBM.

Dianne’s hobbies include gardening, mowing, golf and spending time with Bo.  

 

Music Director

Dwana Stevens

Dwana Stevens

Dwana, was born and raised in Center, Colorado.

She attended Morehead State University and graduated with an Instrumental Music teaching degree, and later a Master’s Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Kentucky.

Dwana assisted her late husband, Dan Eberlein , with the Bourbon County band programs and also taught at the School for the Performing Arts in Lexington, Ky.  Dwana has taught flute and saxophone at Berea College for the past 29 yeas. She been owner of Hurst Music, Inc. for the past 13 years.

Dwana began conducting the First Christian Church Choir in 1994 and married tenor Tommy Stevens in 2008.

Dwana and Tommy live in a home off Georgetown Road in Paris that overlooks Houston Creek along with their 3 cats.

Organist

Liz Yeiser

Our organist brings forth Joyful Noise. Liz graduated from Georgetown College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  Liz began playing for church services as a teenager at First Christian Church in Lebanon, KY.  She and her husband David have lived in Paris since 1992.  They are the proud parents of two adult sons and two daughters.  Liz and David also have one grandson and one granddaughter. Liz has been our organist for over 18 years. 

 

 

 

 

Substitute Organist, Choir Director

Doris McFarland

Born in Lexington. Doris has lived in the same house in Paris since 1953. She graduated from Paris High School and is retired from Paris Independent Schools. Doris is the mother of two sons, John (deceased), and Jimmy who is a barber in Lexington. Jimmy lives with Doris and the two of them have a black pug, Bodhi.

 

Financial Officer

Charlotte Owens

Charlotte was born and raised in Louisville, KY.  She attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with Bachelor & Masters degrees in Elementary Education.  Charlotte taught for 20 years in the Paris Independent  School System.  She has also been the bookkeeper and office manager for 36 years for her husband at their thoroughbred farm (Katalpa Farm) in Bourbon County.

Charlotte began has financial secretary for First Christian Church in 2003.  At First Christian she has been moderator and secretary of the Board, chairman of the Christian Education Committee, an elder, a deacon and Sunday school teacher for 28 years.

Charlotte is married to Lonnie Owens and has two daughters.  Aaron is a pediatric dietician at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Lauren is married to Todd Martin and is an accountant in Savannah, Georgia. Charlotte enjoys walking, tennis, pickleball and cooking.

Nursery Monitor

Amanda Hagen

Amanda Hagen

My name is Amanda Hagen and I’ve had the privilege of being our church’s nursery attendant for the past 15 years. I attended EKU where I received a Bachelors Degree in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education. I currently work at Toyota where I’ve been for 8 years now. My husband and I have an adult daughter and son. I love working with children and having them know that our FCC is a place for them to feel safe and unconditionally loved. 

 

 

Nursery Monitor

Allison Smith 

Allison Smith has been the nursery attendant at First Christian Church since 2014. She is married to Michael Smith and they have two wonderful children: Andrew and Mason who are both actively involved in the ministries of the church. Andrew attends Sunday School, is a Worship and Wonder Youth Greeter, participates in Youth Group and serves the church as an acolyte. Mason is active in Sunday School and the youth ministries of the church.

Allison has worked in the school system with young children and is a bus monitor for children with special needs. She feels truly blessed to be a part of the lives of the children of First Christian Church and enjoys watching them grow.