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Meet Our Staff:

Pastor Mark Young, Minister

Mark has been our pastor since October 1, 2006.  He was born in San Jose, California and has lived the majority of his life in Iowa graduating from Marshalltown High School in Marshalltown, Iowa in 1970.   He graduated from Dakota Bible College and was ordained into ministry at the Christian Church/Church of Christ in Huron, South Dakota in May, 1974.  While in college he served as youth minister in Sterling, Illinois; Huron, South Dakota; and Cherokee, Iowa.  He served as senior pastor at Churches of Christ/Christian Churches congregations in Mason City, Iowa; Lewis, Iowa; Clarion, Iowa and Clear Lake, Iowa.  While serving in ministry Mark has been chaplain at Fountain Lake Treatment Centers, Hospice of Wright County, I-35 Speedway, Iowa Speedway Skiff Hospice then Mercy Hospice.   

Mark is married to Audrey Young pastor at Mitchellville and SantiagoUnited Methodist Churches in Newton.  They have five children and twelve grandchildren.

Julie Brown, Office Manager

Julie has been Office Manager at FCC since July 2004. She was born in Marshalltown, Iowa but has lived in Newton most of her life except a few years in Pleasantville. She graduated from Newton High School in 1976. Julie has a daughter and two grandsons.

Cathi Wickett, Director of Music

Cathi has been the Director of Music at First Christian Church since fall of 2006.  She was born and raised in Newton.  After completion of high school in 1972, she continued her education at Wartburg College and received her degree in 1976 with a Bachelor of Music Education with emphasis in Percussion.  She has been very active with her music by playing with the Pella Community Orchestra, Des Moines Community Orchestra, Newton City Band and now with the Ames Municipal City Band.  She started her Christian faith as choir director at St. Luke United Methodist Church and transferred to First United Methodist Church as choir director with the addition of First Christian Church as Director of Music.  She has also given piano and drum private lessons.  “Melody Unlimited”, a singing group, was her passion for 18 years.  She is very active with the Newton Community Theater.

Cathi has a son and daughter-in-law, Curt & Tara Heck and a daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Jordan Roberts. In addition, she has two grandsons, Bentley and Drayton.

Cathi works as a bookkeeper at the Pella Regional Hospital.  

Greta Wallace, Pianist/Organist

Greta has enjoyed the position of pianist/organist at our church since August 1999.  She was born and raised in Pella, IA but because she has spent more years in Newton than Pella, she calls Newton home.

Greta spends her days as the Human Resources Manager at The Vernon Company, and many evenings accompanying/practicing at church or at the local Community Theatre.  She likes to play a variety of music for our church services, including Praise music with our Praise Band (Revelation FCC), and different arrangements of older hymns.

Greta loves spending time with her 2 daughters and their families….which includes 2 sons-in-law, and 3 granddaughters.