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.
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. 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.
WAYNE & MARTHA JOHNSON MUSIC DIRECTORS
Wayne Johnson grew up in Haleyville, Al. He attended UNA where he received his Bachelor and Masters degree in music education. He served as band and music director in public education for 35 years. Wayne also served in various churches as bi-vocational music director for 57 years. He has been music minister at First Christian Church for six years, serving with his wife, Martha. They have four children.
Martha Johnson has served with her husband in many churches in northwest Alabama for over fifty years During that time, she has taught public school music as well as private voice and piano lessons, while raising four children with Wayne. She earned a B.A. and M.A. in Music Education from the University of North Alabama. Martha has since been a member of Shoals Chamber Singers for 13 years and is currently serving as President of the Florence Music Study Club.
In addition to leading our handbell program at First Christian Church, Martha sings in the adult choir, periodically leads the choir in worship and provides occasional solos.
A native of Boston, Timothy Gilligan took his first job as a church pianist at age 15 and has held many organist and music director posts over the more than forty years since. He has been active as a concert pianist, chamber musician and music journalist, studying at Samford University, The New England Conservatory and with Nadia Reisenberg at The Juilliard School. He has taught at Boston University and The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, FL and was a professional artists manager in New York from 1993 to 2005. He worked with the London Festival Orchestra as an artistic administrator, returning to the US in 2013.
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.