FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

FLORENCE, ALABAMA

STAFF

 

 
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REVEREND JAMES S. STORIE

LEAD PASTOR

Originally a native of Middle Tennessee, Jim Storie has called the Shoals Area home since 2014 after leaving active duty in the US Navy. His lovely wife, Rachel, and four children came to Florence from Norfolk, Virginia where they were stationed. Prior to his Navy experience, Jim served congregations in the Christian Church of Kentucky and owned and operated a stave mill in Madisonville, Kentucky. Jim’s family roots in the timber industry date back to his great grandfather almost a hundred years ago.

Jim is a proud graduate of the University of Montana, Missoula (Go Griz!) with a BA in History and earned an MDiv from Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington KY. Currently, Jim is  serving in the US Navy Reserve and expresses his passion for Christ through service, community involvement and ecumenical partnerships. He also has a passion for reading, writing, and all things historic.   

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REVEREND SYLVIA HAMLIN

INTERIM MINISTER

Sylvia returned to her childhood home of Tuscumbia in 2013 following her husband Gordon’s retirement from his Atlanta Law Firm.In 2005, they had purchased the same home shared by her grandparents and parents, and began a restoration project on the Victorian house that they now call home.

While working in Atlanta as a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines, she received her BA in Religion and Psychology, and continued to Emory, Candler School of Theology receiving her Masters of Theological Studies. After completing her first year of seminary, Gordon and Sylvia were married at Peachtree Christian Church where they met.

Sylvia has served in the areas of Chaplaincy (Hospital and Hospice), and in Congregational Ministry in the Disciples of Christ as Associate Minister, Senior Minister, and Church Planter. She is now honored to serve First Christian Church of Florence as Interim Pastor, during Rev. James Storie’s deployment.

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TAMMY HENDRIX

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Tammy has lived in Florence most of her life, moving here from Newport News Virginia in 1975. Tammy is married to Trace and they have three daughters, Christy (Jon), Heather (Jeremy) and Taylor (Sam). Tammy also has eight grandchildren! She spent many years in the dental field before becoming the Administrative Assistant with First Christian Church in 2014.  Tammy is also very involved in Community Outreach through the church. 

Tammy became a member of First Christian Church in 2017. She enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs as well as photography, scrap-booking and sewing.

JANIE CLASGENS

CHOIR DIRECTOR

Janie Clasgens is a junior at the University of North Alabama, pursuing a degree in Choral Music Education. She is originally from Huntsville AL, where she grew up singing in the Huntsville Community Chorus Youth Chorale, doing community theatre, and singing in her middle and high school choirs. At UNA, she sings in all three choral ensembles and is involved in the Opera/ Musical Theatre Program. She is also the vocalist for the UNA Studio Jazz Band.

 

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BRIAN WEIR 

ACCOMPANIST

Brian Weir is a native of Meridian, MS. Brian has played piano since age 15, and studied music at Meridian Community College and Mississippi State University. He won top honors in multiple music competitions through the years. He has played church music his entire musical career, playing for multiple churches and multiple community choirs and special ensembles. Brian relocated to Florence, AL with a company that he loves in support of his retail store management career. He is very happy and extremely honored to serve as accompanist, and believes through collaborative partnerships, he can add value to the future of First Christian Church.