Ministry Staff

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Dusty Cookson

Senior Minister

Office: 620-227-8686

Dusty, his wife Monica, and their army of little ladies (Chloe, Clara, Conleigh, and Callie) come to us from central Illinois. After serving as an Elder, Youth Minister, and NextGen Minister in Illinois, Dusty now serves as our Senior Minister.

He has earned Master's Degrees in: Teacher Leadership (University of Illinois-Springfield) and Bible and Theology (Lincoln Christian University)

When he's not in the office, he enjoys: spending time with his family, reading, woodworking, St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and Dr. Pepper.



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Susan Ridgway

Worship Minister

Office: 620-227-8686 ext. 14

Susan is a graduate of Kansas State University. Her degree is music education and she spent 7 years in the public schools teaching vocal and instrumental music at all levels.
In 2005, her heart for ministry lead her into the church where she is able to use her gifts to serve the church.

As part of her work here at FCC, Susan coordinates all of our worship services, directs the worship choir, and leads a creative team who designs sets for our worship facilities.

Away from the office, Susan is busy taking care of her family. Ray, her husband, and four children, Zachary, Anna, Josiah, and Maya are a vibrant part of her ministry and a very important part of her life.

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David Barber

Discipleship Minister

Office: 620-227-8686 ext. 15

Straight off the farm, David is a down to earth guy with a love for God and people of all ages.  

David went to school at Nebraska Christian College, and is currently taking classes from Lincoln Christian University.

David enjoys being a great family man with Angela and their six kids, Osney, Micaiah, Sara, Christelle, Liana, and Kerene.

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Daniel Acton

Student Minister

Office: 620-227-8686 ext. 19

After recently graduating from Johnson University in Knoxville, TN with a Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry/Preaching and Biblical Theology, Daniel and his wife Emily moved to Dodge City to be the newest addition to the First Christian family. Daniel is originally from Southern Indiana and is, therefore, a committed Colts football and Purdue University fan (even when their teams aren't so great!). 

He is passionate about communicating biblical truths to students, equipping parents with resources that can help them raise Christ-like kids, and empowering students to figure out their passions and use their gifts to advance the Kingdom of God.

In his free time, Daniel enjoys listening to music, cooking new recipes, going to coffee shops and restaurants, and trying out different escape rooms.

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Brooks Wachs

Children's Minister

Office: 620-227-8686 ext. 16

What do you do when you think like a child, and act like one also? You come to Dodge City to become our Children's Minister.  All kidding aside, Brooks loves every minute he gets to spend time with the kids teaching them about God.

Brooks has a Master's Degree in Bible & Theology from Lincoln Christian University and a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University. These degrees help him to keep everything running just the way the kids and parents like it.

When he is not hanging out in his office, he is out running, looking for some coffee or being a loyal KU fan.

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Christina McKinley

Financial Secretary

Office: 620-227-8686 ext. 11

It started with counting blocks as a child, and now she handles all of the churches finances to help our church be good stewards.  Christina's biggest task is to keep everyone in the office under control! (Good luck on that one...)

Away from the office she has to keep track of her husband Eric, and their two children, Tayler and Trey. She enjoys creating, whether it is a new craft project or furniture refurbish, they always turn out great.

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Jodi Pipenger

Ministry Specialist

Office: 620-227-8686

Relocating to Kansas in 2016 from Ohio, Jodi, her husband, Dave, and their 3 kids, Tyler, Ellie, & Owen, have made Dodge City and First Christian Church their home.  

Jodi enjoys sailing, visiting new places, spending time with family, and watching movies.

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Brianna Molitor

Graphic Designer & Publications

Website: www.farmhousestories.com

Since she was a little girl coloring with crayons, Brianna has always loved art, design, and making things look "pretty". After Graduating from Liberty University with a Degree in Graphic Design, Bri ended up in Dodge City where she works hard to keep FCC looking good and up-to-date. 

As she loves being at home with her family and their dog, Daisy. She enjoys blogging, taking photos, exploring new places, and eating yummy foods.