Our History

Image of the church that burned in 1941

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.

Image of the building the church family moved to after the church burned in 1944

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.

The present church image that was built in 1972

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:


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).


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).


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).


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.


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).


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.


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).

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FCC Image of Pastor Martin and his wife

Martin  & Justine Reyes

Lead Pastor & His Wife

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

(217) 317-3800

FCC Image of the worship director, Jane Ann Zerkel and her husband.

Jane Ann (Worship Director)  & Jon Zerkel (Elder)

Jane Ann is the Music Director

She coordinates the schedules of the organ, piano and leader for songs on Sunday mornings. Jon Zerkel is an elder for FCC.

Cleone Bloemker


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



Image of Elder Troy Bloemker & his wife Marsha

Troy Bloemker


Troy and his wife Marsha have been longtime members of the First Christian Church. Troy is an employee of The Effingham Police Department and Marsha is a 3rd grade teacher. Troy's mission as an elder for the church is to teach, serve and love the Lord. Troy's favorite Bible verse is: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)


When do we meet?

On Sundays:

Sunday School: 9:00 a.m.

Our Worship Service : 10:00 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 7:30 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.