Who we are

Disciples of Christ

Who we are

Disciples of Christ

Our Community

We are a part of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). As a community of faith, worshiping and serving God, we strive to reflect God’s love for the world and to inspire faith in Jesus Christ. We want you to become committed to serving Him. Through Christian education and nurture to people of all ages, we pursue the Great Commission dedicating ourselves to making disciples of all people.
Jack Knox

Senior Minister

Rev. Jack Knox is a lifelong member of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He grew up attending First Christian Church in Corpus Christi, TX. Pastor Knox is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He has previously served churches in Austin, Dallas, San Marcos and Bloomfield, Iowa. Pastor Jack and his wife Stephanie moved back to Texas in 2018 to serve First Christian Church in Lufkin, where Stephanie grew up. They have two daughters and a dog named Hobbes.
Jennifer Steele-Lantis

Associate Minister

Rev. Jennifer Steele-Lantis grew up in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Florida. Church camp played a formative role in her call to ministry as did summer internships at FCC Tampa and a year-long ministry internship in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Pastor Jennifer is a graduate of Transylvania University in Lexington, KY and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. Jennifer served for more than 14 years at Southport Christian Church in Indianapolis before joining the ministerial staff at First Christian Church, Lufkin in 2014. Jennifer’s spouse Stephen is a licensed therapist. They have two daughters and two cats.
Amy Childs

Office Administrator

Amy is the mother of 3 amazing kids and they have lived in Lufkin for about 2 ½ years. She does what she can to live my life like Christ and strive to raise her children in the same light.  She loves the people of this church who have made her feel welcome from Day 1. She enjoys working with everyone to make this church the right place to be and is truly inspired by the serving hearts of the congregation. Stop by the church office any time during the week and she will be happy to help you with anything you may need!
Sarah West

Preschool Director

Sarah joined the staff at FCC as the Preschool Director in 2023 after previous experience as a public school teacher.
Paula West

Music Director

Paula West grew up in Dallas, TX, and graduated from East Texas State University with a Music Education degree. She knew from an early age that she was called to be a music teacher and retired after 34 years as a choral director, with the last 25 at Hudson MS and HS, in Lufkin.  Ms. West was raised in the baptist church, spent 15 years as the Music Director at First Presbyterian, Lufkin, and has played and sung in several local churches before stepping in as the FCC Music Director in the fall of 2023. Currently, she also co-directs the East Texas Children’s Chorus, subs at Hudson and teaches private piano and voice.  Happily, she spends summers at her mountain cabin with her two pups, Franklin and Abby. 

Our denominational roots ground us firmly in the tradition of being “a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” Ours is a Church that brings people together. You will find members and friends from many faith backgrounds and various points of view on the spectrum of beliefs.

First Christian invites you and expects you to explore your faith and come to terms with your own beliefs. We unite every week around the Lord’s table for communion, and in so doing, we recognize that in the mystery of God, our differences come together.