First Church Staff

Rev. Patrick Nicolino Senior Minister

Tracy Rue, Minister of Education, Communication, Outreach

Tracy joined the First Church staff in August, 2008, with a desire to contribute to the faith life and spiritual growth of church members. She is a life-long resident of Elyria and, has a blended family of five children, five grandchildren and an awesome dog named Bella Luna.

Cheryl McConnell, Business Manager

Bette Lou Higgins, Administrative Assistant

You may know Bette Lou from her frequent work in local theater particularly Eden Valley Enterprises where she is the Artistic Director. She  holds a B.A. in theatre from Baldwin-Wallace College and M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Cleveland State University.  Bette Lou also teaches computer skills at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School and history classes for the Cuyahoga Community College Encore/Food For Thought Program.

Dylan Sanzenbacher, Organist

Rick Fortney, Choir Director

Brian Douglas, Lead Sexton

Rick Lawrence, Assistant Sexton

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