First Christian Church
(Disciples of Christ)
Our church's staff includes:
Rev. Rebecca S.M. Sundquist, Minister
Rev. Becky is originally from Northeast Ohio. She went to Hiram College for her undergraduate work in Religious Studies ('98) and Drew University for seminary ('01). She served as Associate Minister for 9 years at First Christian Church of Springfield, IL and Minister of South Side Christian Church of Kokomo, IN for 7 years. Beginning her time at FCC Highland, she has earned the nickname "Mrs. Green Jeans" for her devotion to Seeds of Hope Farm. She is a Veriditas-trained Labyrinth facilitator and a Climate Change Amabassador for Blessed Tomorrow. She enjoys worship design and experiential spiritual disciplines. She feels truly blessed to serve this loving and compassionate congregation.
Rev. Becky serves on the Commission on Faith Formation for the Christian Church in Indiana.
Rev. Becky is married to Stephen Sundquist and together they have 3 children - Linnea, Olivia and Wells. They have 4 furry family members - Addie, Martha, Anne and Cooper. Currently, Anne is in training to be a therapy dog. In her spare time, Rev. Becky enjoys cycling, hiking, gardening, cooking and reading.
David Boban, Director of Music
Hi everyone! My name is David Boban, and I am very excited to join you in the next few months as the music director for First Christian Church. Everyone I have worked with so far has been incredibly kind and accommodating as I transition from my current position, so thank you to Pastor Becky and everyone else for that!
I have lived in this area for most of my life. I grew up in Whiting, went to Hammond schools, and got a couple degrees at Purdue Northwest. I am a lifelong musician, and started playing piano at the age of five. I started playing piano in churches at the age of 12 and have been working in churches ever since. After college, I started a private music lessons business called Original Music Lessons which I still maintain, and also teaching music in schools. I worked at St. John the Baptist school as their general music teacher and choir director for a few years, and currently teach advanced and beginning choir as well as music history at Hammond Central High School.
My beautiful wife, Maribel, and I have three children and we live right here in Highland. Mikey goes to Bishop Noll Institute and is a senior, and Emily and Samantha go to St. Thomas More school in Munster and are in 5th and 2nd grade respectively. I am positive that you all know my dad Richard Boban who led me to your church. He speaks very highly of all of you, assuring me this will be a great fit for all of us.
Kevin Messmer, Minister of Technology
Melinda Hawley, Custodian (not pictured)