The Rev. Dr. Glen Miles was affirmed by the congregation of First Community Church on Sunday, January 8 after preaching a trial sermon. He will take leadership as Senior Minister in March. Dr. Miles replaces Dr. Richard A. Wing who announced his retirement two years ago after 23 years of service.

These photographs were taken during two services, one each at North and South Campus. Services were heavily attended by more than 1,220 congregants combined.

Additional photos and complete coverage can be found in the upcoming February issue of our firstnews newspaper, to be delivered January 27.

~ Photographs by Michael Barber © First Community Church

A young boy and his family worship behind Dr. Glen Miles during services at North Campus.


Dr. Miles articulates a thought while preaching his trial sermon at North Campus.


Acolyte Anna Obergefell prepares to enter South Campus Sanctuary carrying the processional cross. Anna was selected to offer the second motion during the congregational meeting, officially accepting the Governing Board’s motion to affirm Dr. Miles.


Congregants arriving late listen to the sermon while standing in the back of the sanctuary. More than 800 attended the South Campus service. More than 1,200 total attended Sunday morning.


Flanked by Senior Minister Search Committee members Barbara Davis, left, and Virginia Barney (Chair), right, Julie Miles listens to her husband’s sermon at South Campus.


Dr. Miles’ sermon was titled ‘Love Finds a Way.’


Dr. Glen Miles walks through a cheering crowd as he accepts the the position of Senior Minister of First Community Church Sunday, January 8. His wife, Julie, follows close behind. Dr. Miles will preach his first sermon as Senior Minister Sunday, April 2.


Dr. Miles thanks the congregation of First Community Church for their unanimous vote.


Senior Minister Search Committee members Virginia Barney, left (Chair) and Barb Burgie Satterfield, right, applaud the congregation’s vote.


Church member Jeanne Blair embraces Dr. Miles after he officially accepts leadership of First Community Church. Jean was Administrative Assistant for Dr. Richard Wing for 6 years.