Rev. Dr. Ellen B. Moma


Rev. Ellen has served as the Senior Minister of First since January 1, 1998.  Rev. Ellen was born in Winchester, Ky and calls Lexington, KY where she was raised with her two brothers, home. Rev. Ellen is a fifth generation member of the Christian Church and is very proud of that heritage.

Rev. Ellen received her Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Kentucky University; her Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary; and Doctor of Ministry from Lexington Theological Seminary. Rev. Ellen has served on numerous General and Regional Church Boards, including serving as the Moderator for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Illinois/Wisconsin.

Rev. Ellen is married to her very best friend, Jeff and together they love to travel, spend time with family, and enjoy music.

Amy Pritchard

Church Secretary

Amy has served as the church secretary since April 1998. Amy is at least the fifth generation of her family to attend this church. Amy was educated in the Blue Mound school District, Southern Illinois University, and Richland Community College.

Amy is active in the church community as a Deacon Serving.  In her free time she enjoys reading.  Amy is married to Mike and they have three children, Natalie, Jacob and Joshua.

Jeff Moma

Director of Worship Arts

A life-long member of First, Jeff has enjoyed serving in numerous church positions throughout the years including moderator of the church board, elder and deacon serving.  He has served on the Music and Outreach and Stewardship Committees, as moderator of the Personnel Ministry and has taught various Vacation Bible School classes.  From 1996-1998, he also moderated a committee assigned the task of revising the church constitution.  Jeff is currently moderating both the Program Ministry and preparing deacons and has been a Sunday school teacher for twenty years.  He began singing in the church choir as a freshman in high school and has served as director of the choirs and chimers since September 2002.

Encouraged by his father, Jeff’s deep love for music began at an early age and has continued into adulthood.  Since earning his Bachelor of Music with jazz emphasis degree from Millikin University in 1984, he has sought to pass the gift of music on to others through teaching and performing.  He has been a teacher of music in the public schools and for private students and has performed in a variety of musical groups.  Currently he sings, plays trumpet and valve trombone in his own jazz and blues band, MOmentum, and is the principal Euphonium player in the Decatur Municipal Band.

Jeff enjoys spending time with his best friend and wife, Ellen.  He loves animals and enjoys training and playing with his sister-dog, Abby, an Old English Sheepdog.  He also enjoys weightlifting and swimming and watching his favorite sports teams, the Cardinals and Blues.

Colten Day

Colten Day is our Student Youth Pastor. He is an enthusiastic young man with a love for Jesus and people. Colten is a graduate of the Meridian Schools District and currently a student at Lincoln Christian College majoring in Spiritual Formation with a minor in Preaching.

When he is not studying or at church you will most likely find Colten playing basketball with his friends; at a Meridian sporting event cheering on his younger brother, Riley; or spoiling his beautiful niece, Brinley. Colten lives with his parents, Amy and Andy Day. He also enjoys sharing in professional ministry with his sister, Audry and her husband, Michael.

Katrina Norman

Katrina is the Parish Nurse for our church family. Katrina lives in Macon with her husband, Brian. Together they have two sons, two daughters and a beautiful granddaughter.

Katrina is an experienced RN with a specialty in Endoscopy Medicine. She works for St. Mary’s Hospital and graduated from the Community Nursing Program sponsored by Carle Foundation in 2018.

John Smith

ASC Director

John is a native and resident of rural Blue Mound.  He attends Western Illinois University and is working toward a degree in Psychology.  John is engaged to Morganne Sharrow and they have a beautiful son, Ryland.

ASC Assistants & Helpers

Amy Pritchard, ASC Assistant

Debbie Mathias, ASC Assistant

Alli Hackert, ASC Assistant

Anita Burris, ASC Assistant