Our History

First Christian Church of Hessville was started in 1918. A tent meeting on Kennedy Avenue, sponsored by the First Christian Church of Hammond, C.J. Sharp, minister, and lead by D. Emmett Snyder, evangelist, provided the nucleus of our congregation.


2019 marks the 101st year of the body at Hessville. Since the beginning in 1918, First Christian Church has had five senior Ministers: J.K. Woerner, 1920-1927; B.W. Carrier, 1927-1958; John Snyder, 1958-2001; Grant Ray, 2001-2004; and Dan Nichols since September 2004.

Jake Woerner, Senior Minister 1920-1927

Jake Woerner

John Snyder, Senior Minister 1958-2001

John Snyder

Dan Nichols, Senior Minister 2004 – Present

Dan Nichols

B.W. Carrier, Senior Minister 1927-1958

B.W. Carrier

Grant Ray, Senior Minister 2001-2004

Grant Ray
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