Our History

Our Humble Beginnings

The First Christian Church in Effingham began in 1867 with meetings held in the Court House.
A small building erected in the west part of town served as the church until it burned down.
The next building was erected on North Fourth Street in 1893.
It burned in 1941.

How We've Grown

In 1944 the building at 211 N. Fourth Street was dedicated.
In 1963 a Sunday School building was erected immediately west of the church.
A new parsonage was built in 1963 at 903 N. Henrietta Street on land purchased from the Frank Hoelscher family.

Our Hopeful Future

Our new church was erected in 1972 on five acres at 901 N. Henrietta Street.
The first Worship Service was held on Sunday, December 24, 1972.
The Dedication Services were held on Sunday, June 10, 1973.

What We Believe

First Christian Church is an independent non-denominational church. The following beliefs are given not as a comprehensive list of essential doctrines, but as the foundational truths upon which we base our teaching and ministry:

1.

We believe... in one God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, who is all powerful (Luke 1:37) and eternal (Genesis 1:126-27). He exists as three distinct persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) although He is One (Deut. 6:4).

2.

We believe . . . that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16) who was born of the virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), lived a perfect life (Hebrews 4:15), died a terrible death on a Roman cross for the sins of all mankind (I Peter 2:24), was raised bodily from the dead after three days (I Corinthians 15:4), ascended to heaven (Luke 24:51), and is coming again (Acts 1:11).

3.

We believe . . . that the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit convicts, converts and changes us. He lives within us to comfort, guide, convict and enable us to live in ways that honor God. (Romans 8:11John 14:16-1 716:7-131 Corinthians 12:4-11Galatians 5:22-23) He guides us in our understanding of His Truth John 16:13).

4.

We believe . . . that People were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26). We are all sinners (Romans 3:23) by choice and thus condemned by our own sin against God (Romans 6:23). Since we are sinners, we all need a Savior.

5.

We believe . . . that Jesus is the only way of salvation (John 14:6Acts 4:12). Salvation is obtained through the blood of Christ (I John 1:7) and is available through the grace of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). We believe the New Testament teaches us how we can receive that salvation. We believe that the New Testament Scriptures teach that a person who wants to accept the salvation God offers needs to believe in Jesus as the Son of God (Acts 16:31), repent of his sins (Acts 3:19), confess Jesus to be Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9-10), and be united with Christ in baptism (Acts 2:38Romans 6:3-5). Following his conversion to Christ, an individual needs to live faithfully (Acts 2:42).

6.

We believe . . . that the Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and is the only basis for our faith and action both in our personal life and in the life of the local church.

7.

We believe . . . that our congregation should follow the pattern of the church in the New Testament. Therefore our congregation is under the oversight of elders (Acts 20:28I Peter 5:2-3) with the assistance of deacons (I Timothy 3:8-13).



Staff

David McConnell

​​​​​​​Sr. Pastor

David McConnell has just completed his eigth year as senior minister at First Christian. He is a 1977 graduate of St. Louis Christian College.

(217) 690-4243

Martin Reyes

​​​​​​​Assoc. Pastor




Martin Reyes and his family has been serving our church family since January 2012. He and his wife, Justine, have three sons: Gabriel, Zachariah, Joshua and David.

(217) 317-3800

Jon Zerkel

​​​​​​​Elder

Jon Zerkel is originally from Olney, IL; although he has called Effingham home since 1994. He is employed with the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier, a positition he has held since 2000.


Dennis Bushue

​​​​​​​Elder

Dennis Bushue and his wife Mimi have been members since 1977. Dennis drives a bus for Teutopolis District 50. His favorite Bible verse is: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever bellieves in him shall not perish but have eternal life." 

Cleone Bloemker

​​​​​​​Secretary

Cleone started as secretary at First Christian Church in June of 2012. She has been a member of First Christian Church since 1973.

Jane Ann Zerkel

​​​​​​​Music Director

Jane Ann is the Music Director

She coordinates the schedules of the organ, piano and leader for songs on Sunday mornings.


When do we meet?

On Sundays:

Sunday School starts at 9:00 a.m. 
Then, We meet for Coffee Time at 9:45 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
Our Worship Service starts at 10:15 a.m.

On Wednesdays:

Worship On Wednesday (WOW) meets at 5:30 p.m. to eat together.

  • Adult Bible Study starts at 6:30 p.m. and goes to 7:30 p.m.
  • Children's Bible Study starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes to 7:00 p.m.
  • Youth Group's Bible Study starts at 6:00 p.m. and goes to 7:30 p.m.

Tithing & Dress

God wants to meet you wherever you are, so come as you are. The Bible says in Mark 12:33 "To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

When it comes to offerings and tithing, give whatever the Lord leads you to give.