First Christian Church Staff

Senior Minister

Rev. Shane Isner grew up in Colorado, attended the University of Chicago Divinity School, was ordained in Indiana (Iglesia del Pueblo Christian Church), and has ministered in Lexington, KY and the suburbs of Minneapolis, MN.
His church passions include blending progressive theology with deep spirituality and social justice. His beyond-church passions include his wife, Rev. Tabitha Isner, and their middle school-aged son, Tymari. He coaches both youth club soccer (Alabama FC) and high school soccer (Montgomery Catholic Men's Varsity head coach). He also loves watching football - both American (go Denver Broncos!) and global (go Minnesota United FC!)- when he's not training for marathons, serving on community non-profit boards, or cooking for his family. He can be reached by e-mailing him at

Director of Youth and Family Ministries

Nancy Deabler is an accomplished educator, former teacher, principal, and expert in child development. She comes to FCC with a wide range of experience teaching and guiding youth of various ages, neuro-diversities, and ethnicities. Married to a retired Methodist church minister, Nancy also knows her way around church, having led and designed numerous programs from Sunday School to VBS to youth outings and mission trips and more! Her intelligence, big heart, and progressive outlook promise to serve our youth, children, and families extraordinarily well. Plus, she's quite the musician and singer!  Nancy can be reached by e-mail at

Office Manager

Gerri Johnson loved FCC first as a member, joining its staff early in 2020. She brings experience organizing offices and workflows, understanding and managing financials, and facilitating relationships with a deep heart and listening ear. A former licensed minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Gerri further understands the unique needs of church work, particularly one that embraces the inclusive and progressive values of FCC-Montgomery. She embraces change rapidly; she respects wisdom earnestly; she follows Jesus tenaciously. And as an USAF veteran, she serves with discipline and integrity, by which FCC is incredibly blessed.  Gerri can be reached by calling the church office or by e-mailing

Nursery Worker

Christie Wells has been caring for our toddlers and babies since October 2019. She came to us from a Disciples congregation in Virginia where she was involved in Children and Youth ministries. She is the mother of four young men and retired after 23 years of service as the Office Manager for the Portsmouth Virginia Public School's Medical Department. Christie is passionate about child-care and her goal is to allow every person attending FCC to thoroughly enjoy worship, including our little ones. Like all our Nursery workers, Christie has been background checked and stays up to date on both Covid and Tdap immunizations. 

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1705 Taylor Road
Montgomery, AL 36117
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Mailing Address:
PO Box 240491
Montgomery, AL 36124

First Christian Church is a progressive community of faith within the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Our mission guides our life together at FCC and in our community as we “demonstrate and proclaim God’s joyful, unconditional love in an inclusive environment of spiritual growth and nurture for God’s children.”

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