More About Our Staff

Rev. Dr. James R. Brooks

Rev. Dr. James R. Brooks
Senior Minister
Phone: 301.733.0144

Rev. Dr. James R. Brooks joined our church as Senior Minister on March 1, 2023. James brings focus on preaching, congregational leadership and evangelism. He has served in multi-staff churches as both an associate minister and a senior minister. James was the founding minister of a new church start in Indiana. He cherishes opportunities to collaborate with others in ministry.

James met his wife, Amy, while serving in Illinois. They share a wonderful memory of getting engaged in Paris. Amy and James have four children; Kaitlyn in Seattle, Washington; Colin in Montreal, Canada; Joseph in Edwardsville, Illinois; and Kendal in New York City.

James finds spiritual growth as a pilgrim. In 2018 he walked 500 miles in Spain to complete the Camino de Santiago.  Since then, Amy has joined James in walking a camino from Porto, Portugal and another from O’Cebreiro, Spain. James’ spiritual practices include silent retreats, study, and daily prayer.

Community leadership is important to James. He has been a Rotarian for nearly 20 years. He has served on the board of directors for the YMCA and for a chamber of commerce. For 15 years he was a volunteer police chaplain.  He coached YMCA basketball for 6 years. James is hopeful for similar opportunities in Hagerstown.

James earned a BA in Education from Purdue University before studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary in St Louis, Missouri. James enjoys continuing education such as workshops at places like Princeton Theological Seminary and Christian Theological Seminary. His most recent paper, “Reflection on Relics in a Postmodern Context,” was presented at the Northwest Association of Theological Discussion.

Associate Minister
Open Position

The Associate Minister curates a community of youth and adults who have fun sharing church. The Associate Minister resources mission ministries of our congregation. Annually, the Associate Minister develops a ministry out of their passion for serving Jesus and the community. The Associate Minister will share worship, pastoral and teaching opportunities with the Senior Minister on a scheduled frequency.

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Matthew D. Albright, CAGO, ChM

Matthew D. Albright, CAGO, ChM
Director of Music Ministries
Phone: 301.733.0144

Matt joined the FCC Staff in 2007. He is also the vocal director at Winston Churchill High School.

He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Education, Organ and Piano Performance, and Choral Conducting, with a Colleague and ChoirMaster Certification from the American Guild of Organists.

He is happily married to Kristen and enjoys family time with his children Fletcher and Waverly.

Alicia N. Catherman

Alicia N. Catherman
Director of Children's Ministry
Phone: 301.733.0144

Hello! I am Alicia Catherman, the Director of the Children’s Ministry at First Christian Church.

I am married to my wonderful husband, Michael, and we have three beautiful daughters - Kenley, Natalie, and Meredith (ages 12, 6, and 3).

I am working to complete my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction focused on Early Childhood Education. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Middle School mathematics. I am a former public school teacher in Washington County.

I aim to create a community of families that have fun raising their children at church! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

I look forward to working with your family!

Northern Cross Pre-School Teacher


Dianna C. Plotner

Dianna C. Plotner
Office Manager
Phone: 301.733.0144

Dianna joined the FCC Staff in March 2010.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, those wonderful summer BBQ’s in the backyard, visiting the historical and wonderful towns that we have so close to us, and just enjoying life to the fullest.

Melanie Fouch&acute

Melanie Fouché

Phone: 301.733.0144

Melanie joined First Christian Church in 2001 as one of our childcare providers.

She grew up on a farm. She graduated from Boonsboro High School and earned a AA Degree in Early Childhood Education from Hagerstown Community College. She has worked in the childcare industry for over 35 years.

Jennifer D. Colvin

Jennifer D. Colvin

Phone: 301.733.0144

Jennifer joined the FCC Staff in November 2022.

She has a son, Randy; and daughters Lacie, Rebekah, and Merrikate; and 5 grandchildren; she is also raising her granddaughter, Sakura.

She enjoys doing crafts, camping, going to the beach, sports, BINGO, gardening, sewing, scrapbooking, and traveling. She is a Girl Scout Leader.

She loves attending First Chrisitan Church. She volunteers on Wednesday evenings during our Welcome Wednesday Excitement program. She also volunteers on the Election Board and on the RAB Board at Hagerstown Housing.

We look forward to seeing you!
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