Rev. Dr. Russ Peterman, Senior Minister
Our senior minister is one of our own native sons. Russ Peterman grew up in this congregation and was active in its ministry, participating in many of its annual Mexico Mission trips before going off to college at Texas Christian University (B.A. 1990). He was ordained in this church in January 1995.
Dr. Peterman also holds degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1995) and received his Doctor of Ministry (2004) from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Prior to coming home to FCC in 2005, Russ served congregations in Dallas, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia.
A highly sought-after preacher and speaker, Russ loves talking with people about the heart-waking, soul-changing God who is capable of turning their lives inside out and the world upside down!
In his spare time Russ enjoys time with his wife Kelli and their 4 children, reading, playing golf, yoga, traveling in the wine country, and doing triathlons. He recently completed his first Ironman in Whistler, Canada with Athletes for a Cure, raising funds and awareness in the fight against prostate cancer.
Sarah Young, Director of Youth Ministry
Born and raised in the Disciples Church, Sarah has always called FCC Concord home. She comes with a background in education and currently teaches special education in our local community.
Sarah fosters the spiritual growth of our youth in traditional settings at church and during coffee runs, at individual youth’s sport or theater productions, and while attending camps and conferences.
Ellie McDougal, Director of Senior Adult Ministry
The mother of three and grandmother of six, Ellie has been a member of First Christian Church of Concord for 50 years. She is a retired teacher and librarian and enjoys storytelling in classrooms and other settings. She was recently appointed director of Senior Ministries, a new program here at FCC Concord. She is excited about the challenges and possibilities ahead.
Andie Raymond, Church Administrator
Andie grew up in the Disciples of Christ denomination in the Oakland church and transferred her membership to First Christian Church of Concord in 1977. She spent many years working as an administrative assistant and then as a stay-at-home mom before becoming the office administrator at FCC Concord in 2008, a job she feels is her calling. She loves serving the church in this way.
Andie and her husband, Allen, have two adult daughters. In her spare time, Andie loves to read, sing, spend time with friends, go to as many Oakland A's games as possible and has recently begun playing bocce ball.
Scott Carlisle, Sound/Video Tech
Scott came to FCC Concord with his family at an early age. After high school, he spent more than 10 years volunteering with the youth program here. He also spent several years serving on the Regional Outdoor Ministries committee and as an adult sponsor for the Regional Youth Council. Having been involved in music most of his life, Scott now spends his time performing in local bands and working in recording studios.
Antoinette Bulatao, Childcare Coordinator
Antoinette has been compassionately caring for our children since 1997, having watched many of them grow from babies into adulthood. She even watches some of their children these days!
When she is not working at the church or taking care of her parents, she serves as care provider for Contra Costa County’s In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority.
In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with family, gardening , singing, listening to music, dancing, playing volleyball, and cheering on the San Francisco 49ers and Giants!