Our Mission

We are the only Disciples of Christ congregation in Baton Rouge, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world. As part of the one body of Christ we welcome all to the Lord’s Table as God has welcomed us.


What you bring and how you encounter God's presence in your life is important. We're ready to listen to you.


We value children and youth. We support families of all arrangements. We believe in reaching out and connecting with the wider community. We are committed to growing spiritually.


We believe in the essential one-ness of all Christians in Christ's body. We believe that we are Christians only, but we are not the only Christians.

Our Beliefs

This is how we express our vision to be a faithful, growing church demonstrating true community, deep Christian spirituality, and a passion for justice:

Loving God. Loving People.

Clergy & Staff

The church office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Please call us at 225-926-4175, or email us, here.

David Chisham

David Chisham

A Kansas native, David attended seminary at Abilene Christian University, and received his Doctorate in Ministry from Drew University. After 14 years in the Washington, D.C. area, David came to FCC in 2013. He is married to Kori, and their daughter, Layne, attends BR FLAIM elementary school.

Brenda HIlgendorf

Brenda Hilgendorf
Brenda has served as Administrative Professional since October 1985. Originally from Illinois, she and her husband, Jerry, have been in Baton Rouge since the mid-1980s. They have three children and eight grandchildren. In addition to ensuring that the wheels of the church run smoothly as bookkeeper, Brenda enjoys reading, watching movies, playing Pokeno, and spending time with her family.
Aaron Turnipseed

Aaron Turnipseed
​​In addition to serving as Director of Music at FCC, Aaron, a native of Baton Rouge, is the Music Technology teacher at Istrouma Middle Magnet School. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at Southeastern Louisiana University in Music Performance and Visual Arts.

Charles Riddle

Charles Riddle
Charles serves as custodian, event prep, and general handyman-about-campus for his home congregation at First Christian Church. He has the keys to everything, including our hearts.

Jo Craddock

Jo Craddock
Serving as our administrative assistant as well our web management and social media department, Jo appreciates the love and camaraderie that is evident among and between the FCC family.

João Paulo Casarotti
João Paulo Casarotti is a pianist and pedagogue, and our organist/pianist on Sundays at the 10:50 service. João received his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Louisiana State University. In addition to a performance scheduled, he researches and prepares numerous pedagogy presentations across the United States and in his native Brazil.

Ready to worship here?

Worship and service to God as part of the First Christian Church family is life-giving. We hope you will consider being part of the community!