Rev. Tim Bobbitt
Rev. Tim Bobbitt joined the First Christian staff in January 2016. He enjoys getting out into nature, sports of all kinds, and spending time with his wife Jodi, sons Josh and Nathan, and dog Buckeye. He appreciates good coffee, good food, and good conversation.
Tim was ordained in 1996 at St Andrew Christian Church in Dublin, OH. He holds degrees from Bethany College in West Virginia and Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Tim and Jodi served 8 years with the Global Ministries of the Disciples Church working with congregations and training leaders in Buenos Aires and Chaco Argentina. Most recently Tim served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church in Greeley, Colorado.
Tim has a passion for serving the wider community. He brings a wide variety of skills and experiences to our congregation as well as a heart for mission and a passion for spreading the kingdom of God.
Rev. Sydney M. Avent, Esq., Sabbatical Minister
Reverend Sydney considers it a blessing and an honor to be called to serve as the Sabbatical Minister for FCC Alexandria during Pastor Tim’s sabbatical. The Reverend Sydney M. Avent has a passion for pastoral ministry and for social justice ministry that is grounded in her belief in God’s unconditional love for all people. Prior to her recent return to the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, she served as Pastor for Social Justice and Worship at the Park Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Manhattan, New York. Rev. Sydney was licensed to preach the Gospel at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York; and was ordained on November 6, 2016, by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Northeastern Region. She has served in various ministry positions, at The Park, at Abyssinian and at the Baptist Church of Redeemer in Brooklyn.
Rev. Sydney is a graduate of the University of North Carolin at Chapel Hill, the UCLA School of Law, and the Drew Theological School.
Britney Smith, Communications and Children's Ministry Director
Born and raised in Washington DC, Britney is a proud Minister for youth and community. Over the past 5 years Britney served with The House DC, a local mission created to introduce at risk youth to Christ. Working alongside her husband, Dequwan each day, Britney cherishes family. Her most enjoyable moments are spent with her two sons, Ryan & Riley. Aside from her passion in Family & Ministry Britney has a strong background and great love for graphic design and communications. Britney’s mission is to use her talents to draw youth and their communities closer to Christ one fun, exciting, Christ bound event at a time!
Bevin Creel, Organist and Pianist
Bevin was born in south Louisiana, the youngest child of a dairy farmer and his piano teacher wife. His mother was (and still is) a church organist for a small town Baptist church, and was at church every time the doors were open. He became the church pianist when he was twelve or so and has been playing in churches ever since, with a recent hiatus of several years. Bevin is a Genealogist by profession and lives on Capitol Hill in the District. He is also an avid weightlifter; an amateur runner; and an avid follower of the LSU Tigers.
Connie Rhodes, Music Director
Connie has over 30 years in church music ministry, starting with her first job as an organist at age 17 and working on and off through the years as a soloist, choir section leader, choir director, organist/pianist, and sometimes all three at once! She holds degrees in piano performance, vocal performance, and music history, and has sung with professional choruses large and small. She finds working with small churches with fewer resources to be the most rewarding work in the world.
When not working in church or in her day job as a stenographic court reporter, she is performing with Mini Musicals on the Move, rowing crew on the Potomac, and/or fostering stray kittens who happen into her yard.