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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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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Susan Ridgway

Worship Minister

Office: 6202278686

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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Brian VanArsdale

Missions & Outreach

Office: 620-227-8686

Brian comes to FCCDC as another recent Illinois transplant.  Whether it's building homes in Mexico, working alongside missionaries in Africa, or serving in the local community, Brian loves seeing the Church doing what it was made to do - making an impact for Jesus in the world around it.

Before coming to Dodge, Brian spent the last 15 years in full-time ministry working with youth, leading worship, and developing discipleship programs.  Brian earned a Masters of Divinity from Lincoln Christian University, and also spent a summer building homes in Juarez, Mexico.

Brian and his wife, Hannah, stay busy with their three boys - Kendall, Nathan, and Andrew.  In his free time Brian enjoys woodworking, hunting, fishing, playing softball, and trying to keep up with the White Sox.

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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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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.  

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Gina Lopez-Sulham

Daycare Director

Office: 227-3641

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Cassandra Meyers

Ministry Specialist

Office: 620-227-8686

Cassandra (Cassy for short) grew up traveling across the country with her family who worked and managed different hospitality hotels coast to coast. With that experience she has a passion for serving people! 

Now she is putting down roots here Dodge City where she can grow and enjoy the small town country lifestyle and find God's will for her life. 

When she is not working she enjoys playing with her dogs Paisleigh and Aspen. She loves the mountains and anything outdoors. She also loves sports and during the fall she is rooting for her favorite football teams. 

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Amanda Gant

Pre-K Director


Amanda was born in Canon City, CO and after moving around found her way to Dodge City. She’s been married to her Husband Robert almost 10 years come this May and together have 5 beautiful children.

When’s she’s not working at the church or taking care of her family she enjoys reading, knitting and baking.

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Tamie Preston

Discipleship Minister


Tamie is a graduate of Dodge City High School, obtained her Bachelors Degree in Physical Education (K-12) from Kansas State University and obtained a Masters Degree from Fort Hays State University in Educational Administration. She has been a: Physical Education Teacher at Central Elementary, Principal at Linn Elementary and Activities Director at Dodge City High School.  

Her parents moved to Dodge City from Manhattan when she was one year old and her family made First Christian Church their church home. She has been involved in various church activities over the years.  

She is excited about the opportunity to serve as the Discipleship Minister and share the love of Jesus with others. 

Greg and Tamie have two married children and six grandkids that all live in the area. They love to attend Kansas State Football games, travel, camp, hike and spend time with family and friends.