Mark Owen
Music Minister

Mark Owen and his wife Kami joined FirstNaz in February of 2019. Both Mark and Kami graduated from MVNU with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Worship.  Mark and Kami have 3 boys: Carter, Riley, and Preston.  Mark received his call to ministry early on in life, and first began leading worship as a student in the youth group here at Mount Vernon First Church.  Mark is passionate about creativity and excellence in worship and loves leading others in using their gifts.

When they aren’t busy with all things music related, Mark and Kami enjoy hiking, biking, walking their dogs, and playing a card game called Dutch Blitz (If you’ve never heard of it, they would be happy to teach you).

mowen@firstnaz.net

Todd Risser
Associate Pastor

Rev. Todd Risser grew up in Granger, IN and Stone Mountain, GA. He came to faith, and was discipled and mentored, at Atlanta First Church of the Nazarene. Todd and Christine have 6 children: Tanner (married to Bri), Macaelagh (married to Josh), Ethan, Yance, Zane and Sydney; and one granddaughter, Madison. The Risser’s have pastored Nazarene churches for 24 years in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

Verses in the Bible that have motivated and propelled Todd’s life and ministry are “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save the world through Him” (John 3: 17), “I am the Vine, you are the branches… this is to my Father’s glory – that you bear much fruit” (John 15: 5-8), and “If anyone belongs to Christ – new creation! The old has passed away, a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5: 17). Todd is also is deeply affected by the descriptions of the upright and wise person in Job 29: 12-25, 31: 1-40 and Proverbs 31: 10-31.

Pastor Todd’s past work in California, Arizona, and Florida includes youth ministry, endangered species, waterfowl biology, high school teaching, wilderness survival, and consulting and design of international development projects. He has lived or worked in six countries in Europe, Central America and SouthEast Asia.

Among his interests are hunting and fishing year-round, backpacking, camping, history, science fiction, antique rifles, ecology, the seashore, and Christian, Muslim, and Jewish theology.

Pastor Todd has a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Point Loma Nazarene University, a Master of Divinity and Missiology from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a Masters in International Development from Eastern University.

trisser@firstnaz.net

Christine Risser
Children’s Pastor

Rev. Christine (Sisler) Risser is originally from Bruceton Mills, WV and grew up as a pastor’s kid and missionary kid. Christine spent her teenage years in Costa Rica and Chile. Christine and Todd have six children and one grandchild (listed in Todd’s bio, above).

A scripture that has been especially central to Christine’s ministry is 2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.”

Pastor Christine’s past employment includes having been the Director of Student Recruitment at MVNU, Minister over Adult Ministries at Falling Spring Presbyterian Church in Chambersburg, PA, and 15 years as the Pastor to Children and Families and PreSchool/After-School Administrator at Shippensburg, PA  Church of the Nazarene. She has spent summers in ministry in Portugal, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.

Christine loves the beach, family camping trips, outside parties, and antiques. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mt. Vernon, OH), and a Master of Divinity and Missiology from Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO). She is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Christine is fluent in Spanish, can work in Portuguese, and barter in Indonesian.

crisser@firstnaz.net

 

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Kim Bradley
Outreach Director

Kim grew in the church as a Pastors Kid.  After questioning her faith Kim came to accept Jesus as her Lord and found that her faith became more real as she put her faith in action through serving others.  She began by volunteering for the van ministry in her local church and came to realize we are all called to action based on 1 John 3:18 “Let us not love with words or tongue but with action and in truth.”  This has become one of Kim’s life passages.

As a result of Kim’s passion for serving she became a part time staff member at First Naz serving as Children’s Outreach Director.  The job has expanded over the years and Kim now oversees all the outreach ministries of the church.  Kim also works in the Mount Vernon City Schools in the Elementary libraries.  Her passion is people!  She loves talking and listening to people at Fathers Table and being a part of their lives.

Kim is married to Bill and they have two children, Matt and Kailey.  Matt is married to Jeni and they have four children who are the joy of her life!  Kim enjoys reading, walking outside and playing with her grandkids.  Kim says that gardening is “growing” on her…pun intended.

Kim would love to one day travel overseas, go back to school, learn another language and write a book.

kbradley@firstnaz.net