Our Leadership Team


Our Elders

Our Elders recognize the authority of God, and realize that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We understand our role is to feed, care for, protect, and lead the church as the flock of God. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ. Our Elders are:

    • Richard Bussian
    • Steven Chapman
    • Gincy Hartin
    • Geoff Shive

Our Ministry Staff

Steven Chapman, Senior Minister

As the primary teaching pastor, Steve has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture, and teaching others to do the same. He has served at  First Christian Church of Chicago for over 20 years. He and his wife, Laira, have five children. Steve earned a M. Div. degree from Lincoln Christian University in New Testament Studies. (Visit Steve’s page)  

Gincy Hartin, Associate Minister

Gincy’s (pronounced jin’- see) main responsibility is leading worship and overseeing teaching the youth and children’s programs. Gincy joined the staff of FCC Chicago in September 2010. He and his wife, Stacee, have two children. Gincy holds a M.Div. degree from Pepperdine University.    (Visit Gincy’s page)  

Laira Chapman, Office Ministry Facilitator
Laira works in the office alongside of Dionna, providing shepherding for women, and clerical services. Laira, the wife of Steven Chapman, joined FCC Chicago in 1996. After serving for several years as an office fill-in, Laira assumed part-time duties in 2015. Laira’s full-time job is being a proud mother of five.
Dionna Bickham, Office Ministry Facilitator
A member of FCC Chicago since 2010, Dionna works alongside Laira providing the coordination of congregational communications and clerical support.  To this position, Dionna brings her spiritual gifts of service, intercession, and servant leadership in an effort to assist, comfort, and encourage others.  She and her husband Kenneth are the loving parents of one child.

A Our Support Staff

Edward McInerney, Resident Custodian
Adrienne Vazquez, Janitorial Custodian

Internship Opportunities

First Christian Church of Chicago provides instructive and memorable experiences for students seeking internships in the fields of Preaching Ministry, Spiritual Formation/Discipleship Ministry, and Cross Cultural/Urban Missions. See the

Internship Opportunities page for more information on internships.