First Christian Church, Concord
A Disciples of Christ church in Concord, CA
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Who We Are
We are an Open and Affirming community of faith, seeking, celebrating and serving Christ through open minds, committed hearts & willing hands
Our Senior Minister is one of our own native sons. Russ Peterman grew up in this congregation and was active in its ministry, participating in many of its annual Mexico Mission trips, before going off to college at Texas Christian University (B.A. 1990) and was ordained in this church in January 1995. While in seminary, he served the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church as its Seminary Intern for Youth and Young Adults. Since that time he has served other congregations including Highlands Christian Church in Dallas, Texas, and for eight years as the Associate Minister of Sandy Springs Christian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Peterman also holds degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary (M.Div. 1995) and received his Doctor of Ministry (2004) from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. A highly sought-after preacher and speaker, Russ loves speaking with people about the heart-waking, soul-changing God who is capable of turning their lives inside out and the world upside down! He is married to the love of his life, Kelli, and the proud father of twins, Jake and Ella, and Abby and Caroline -- whom he loves even more than Ben & Jerry's ice cream. In his spare time Russ likes to read with his kids, play golf, practice yoga, and runs marathons with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.