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 Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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


Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. Dedrick Minor was called as Senior Minister at First Christian Church, Baton Rouge, in May 2022. A native of Baton Rouge, Rev. Dr. Minor earned his D.Min., Pastoral Counseling & Care at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Rev. Dr. Minor is a bi-vocational minister, continuing to serve as Chaplain at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital as he has for the past 20 years, and now as Senior Minister at FCCBRLA. His church office hours are Wednesdays, 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. 'til 2 p.m., with other hours by appointment. You can reach Dedrick via email, here.

Brenda HIlgendorf

Genesis Bennie

Genesis is one of our beloved nursery workers. She makes sure the kids of FCC always have a good time with lots of laughs with snacks and crafts while the parents enjoy Sunday service.

Alyson Coyle

Alyson Coyle

Alyson Coyle is overjoyed to be joining all of you at First Christian Church. She is an energetic leader and compassionate friend to all. She most values her time spent with her beautiful, fun-loving daughter, Azelle. Her biggest passion is inspiring youth through instilling concepts of confidence and in return the kids feeling seen and heard fully. Alyson is grateful to serve and become a part of the family of First Christian Church.
Alyson’s hours in the office will be Monday through Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Alyson is the founder of Big Dreams Drama Program. She also works part-time at Love Acting as their studio manager/instructor.

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.

Earl Poole
Earl joined us as Worship Leader in 2022, with several years' experience in music ministry. Earl has performed in several operas and musical theater productions throughout south Louisiana. He has studied Musical Theatre at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and Vocal Music Education at Southeastern Louisiana University.

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.

Ready to come by for a visit?

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!