Meet the leader of the First Christian Church (Chief Minister David Chisham) in Midland

Reverend David Chisham has been the senior minister of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since August 2021.

The opportunity to come to Midland provided the challenge of bringing a congregation back from the COVID pandemic and allowing his family to return to West Texas, where he and his wife Kori have roots and family in the region.

Chisham said those things that make First Christian special include its involvement in the community, including the church pantry. The mission of the church is “to work for the unity of all Christians as the body of Christ; and seeks by all means to make known the love of God.

Kori works at the Museum of the Southwest as Director of Visitor Experience and Membership. Their daughter, Layne, is currently attending Bush Elementary and will be attending Carver Center next year as a fifth grader.

First Christian is located at 1301 W Louisiana Ave.

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Questions for FCC Rev. David Chisham

Journalist-Telegram: What was your welcome moment in Midland?

Chichan: The day we arrived and there was a team from my congregation to help unload the truck.

Journalist-Telegram: What was the appeal of coming to FCC and Midland?

Chisham: A large congregation with incredible community outreach through a weekly food pantry, children’s learning center and a host of other annual projects. A talented staff with ministries at all ages, and wonderful music and worship. Midland is close to where my wife grew up (Abilene) and where I attended seminary (Abilene Christian University) – it also brought us a lot closer to family. Dropping a name here…my mother-in-law is Fran Adkins who was a CBS-TV anchor and personality in Abilene from the 1980s through the 2000s.

Journalist-Telegram: Your favorite part of working at FCC?

Chisham: Great staff and members committed to making a difference in our community.

Journalist-Telegram: What do you prefer in Midland?

Chisham: Generous and welcoming people, and you’re only 15 minutes or less from anywhere you need to go in town.

Journalist-Telegram: What challenges does the church (not just FCC) face in 2022?

Chisham: Reopening after COVID – it takes time to rebuild the inertia after so many people had to stay home and limit their activities for almost two years.

Journalist-Telegram: Any books or podcasts you recommend?

Chisham: Podcast: Gospel Con Carne. Anything books by Fred Craddock, NT Wright, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Will Willimon and Walter Brueggemann.

Journalist-Telegram: Tell us anything upcoming on the FCC schedule that the Midlanders need to know.

Chisham: Just missed our annual Community Egg Hunt in Hill Park (over 1,000 people participated this year!). We are finishing our Christmas In Action house this week. Coming up, we have VBS June 13-16, and our kids are busy with camps and conferences throughout the summer.

Journalist-Telegram: Favorite restaurant?

Chisham: Noodle House, any barbecue brisket place and too many tex-mex places to list.

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