Rev. Dr. W. Darwin Collins began his service as Interim Senior Pastor on July 14, 2019. We are grateful for his wisdom and experience as he guides us through this transition and prepares us for our next phase of ministry.
Rev. Gena Sheller has served as Associate Pastor since January 2015.
We are thankful to have Karen Thomas serving as our Administrative Assistant.
Jim Cope has led the Fairhill Manor Choir for more than 30 years.
We have come to rely on Audra Allen's beautiful music and dependable presence on the organ bench.
We are continually amazed at the ability of Jody Mullis to learn and remember songs by ear - and to get us into the spirit of worship.
Wray Adams joined our staff in January 2019.
Sheri Leitsch has been our Wedding Coordinator since 2009.
Ordained to Christian Ministry in 1976, Rev. Collins served the Central Christian Church in Uniontown as its Youth Minister, then its Associate Minister and lastly its Senior Minister from 1972-1994.
From 1994-2008, Rev. Collins served as the Regional Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania.
In 2016, Rev. Collins retired from his position as the Vice President of the Great Lakes Zone of the Christian Church Foundation after eight years of service with that General Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
From 2016-2019, Rev. Collins consulted for the Foundation and served as the Director of Philanthropy for Bethany College.
Rev. Collins has served as a member and Chairperson of numerous Boards in the Uniontown area and in the General Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He has served as a Trustee of Bethany College since 2002.
Our Interim Ministry Covenant with Rev. Collins began on July 14, 2019. Rev. Collins will transition out of his role as our Interim Senior Pastor in concert with the arrival of the new Senior Pastor.
Rev. Collins is available at the church 2-3 days each week, including Sundays.
A lifelong member of FMCC, Pastor Gena has served as its associate pastor since January 2015. She entered into Commissioned Ministry with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Pennsylvania in February 2018.
Gena earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. She has completed education courses toward a PA Teaching Certificate in Secondary Mathematics through Drexel University.
Gena served in South Sudan with the Mennonite Central Committee from 2006-2009, where she was seconded to the New Sudan Council of Churches and the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek, supporting local peacemaking efforts.
Gena loves working with others to envision, plan, facilitate and evaluate faith-full learning experiences for all ages. She is particularly interested in how faith is formed and nurtured throughout the various stages of life. She is passionate about making sure children and youth find their places in the worshipping, learning, and serving community that is the church.
Gena is a novice beekeeper and quilter and enjoys being outdoors. She likes to read, cross-stitch, play the piano, tutor math, and spend time with family, especially her son Isaac.
Karen Thomas is a Washington PA native. She graduated from Washington High School and Duff’s Business School in Pittsburgh, graduating with an Executive Secretarial Science Diploma.
Karen lived in Somerset County for 25 years while her husband was a PA State Trooper. In Somerset she worked for the Daily American Newspaper for 18 years in the circulation department and then for 5 years as the Circulation Manager. After her husband retired from law enforcement, they moved back to Washington to be closer to family.
Karen and her husband have 2 adult children and 1 dog. Karen showers her love and affection on her 15 nieces and nephews and 5 great- nieces and great-nephews. She loves to cook, hosting First Sunday of the Month Family Dinners in her home. In her spare time Karen likes to tend to her many houseplants, craft and read.
Karen likes to think that a smile can change the world and lives by the motto, Choose Happy :) .
Jim resides with his wife Diane here in Washington (Pa). Jim and Diane have three children: son Andrew and daughters Emily in Jacksonville, North Carolina, and Sandy in Dallas, Texas.
After beginning his career in Illinois, Jim came to Washington and served as Director of the Washington School District Chorus and Band.
About 30 years ago, he began working at Fairhill Manor where he has led the choir until the present day.
Jim has found his passion as an Amateur Jazz Musician (trombone), and plays with several local groups. He and Diane hope to travel in a few years, and wish to explore the Western U.S. and New England.
Audra has been the organist at FMCC since 2005.
She has two awesome kids, Noah and Avery, that keep her busy with their extra-curricular activities. Audra loves being with her family more than anything.
Audra enjoys music, reading, cooking, and going to the movies. She also REALLY enjoys making people laugh. According to Audra, "a day without laughter is a day wasted!!"
Jody has served FMCC as pianist and vocalist since 2007. Her powerful voice lends itself well to much of our contemporary music and is desired for hymn sings, sing-a-longs, and programs of all kinds all around Washington, PA and beyond.