FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
REVEREND JAMES S. STORIE
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.
REVEREND SYLVIA HAMLIN
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 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.
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.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH DIRECTORs
Alyssa Baldwin is from Birmingham, Alabama, and has been with First Christian Church since 2016. Alyssa is a student at The University of North Alabama and is a elementary education major with a collaborative certification add on.
Caroline Hean is from Muscle Shoals Alabama and is a lifelong member of First Christian Church. Caroline is a student at The University of North Alabama and is currently enrolled in the nursing program.