Alan Mace is Co-Minister of the First Christian Church of Athens. Alan, a lifelong participant and member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew up in Oklahoma. He attended college at Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1968. He then attended Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas where he received his Master of Divinity in 1971.
Following several years in the pastorate, Alan attended the George Peabody College for Teachers, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. There he received his Doctor of Education in 1983.
Since his ordination in 1971 by the Christian Church in Oklahoma, Alan has served congregations in Illinois, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina and Tennessee, as well as serving as Associate Regional Minister for the Christian Church in the Southwest and as Deputy Regional Minister for the Christian Church in the Upper Midwest. His ministerial standing is currently with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Georgia.
Alan has previously served as an Intentional Interim Minister. Additionally, he has led a support group for interim ministers in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for five years. Alan is trained as a consultant for congregations and non-profit organizations in the areas of conflict management, strategic planning, stewardship and development as well as staff development.
He and his wife Janice have been married for 48 years. Janice is a native of Georgia, having grown up in First Christian Church, Monroe. Janice is a graduate of Texas Christian University (Religion major) and Wichita State University (Masters of Gerontology.)
Rev. Justin, Co-Minister, started his ministry at FCC Athens in January of 2016. He received his bachelors degree from Texas Christian University in 2010 and his Masters of Divinity from Claremont School of Theology in 2013. Justin has served several churches in Texas, California and now Georgia. He likes college football, country music, and good bbq. He is married to his wife Catie and they have a cat, Bailey, a dog Gary, and in summer 2017 they welcomed their first child, Charlie.
Angie Townsend serves as our church secretarty and office manager. She has been with First Christian since January 2016.