Tobias has been serving as the Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church since 2005. Having grown up in Topeka, Tobias understand the unique challenges Topeka faces and is a community leader and advocate.
A few of Tobias' many community roles include Representative for the 55th House District, lead chaplain of the Topeka Police Department, vice chair for Braided Haven, Inc. and board member of Brewster Place.
Tobias is a graduate of Topeka West High School, Washburn University and the University of Kansas.
Dr. Sharon Hettinger
Organist and Director of Music
Our Church Council
Ministry Missions & Members
Worship & Music
The Worship and Music Ministry shall have general responsibility for the conduct of religious services of the Church, including advising and counseling the minister, assisting the pastor in the celebration of the rites and sacraments of the Church, providing for a music program, and developing a proposed plan of programs and services for the upcoming year.
Teresa Bliss (Chair)
Mission & Outreach
Mission and Outreach Ministry's mission is to determine and promote the monthly special offerings of the church, to organize activities and events that reach out to our church members as well as the larger community of Topeka. Activities include annual church picnic, Easter egg hunt, Monarchs baseball trip, and scheduling welcome greeters for every Sunday service.
Ruth Pooler (Chair)
Facilities ministry is responsible for the maintenance of the building and grounds of our congregation. This includes building repairs, updates, and repurposing, as well as landscaping and exterior changes and maintenance. Facilities' ministry aim is to keep the church in working order to facilitate a positive, functional space for church and community members to gather, share ideas and build community.
Andy Fry (Chair)
The Justice Ministry's goal is to keep the Congregation informed of opportunities to be involved in social justice endeavors in the community and state and to take advantage of our location in the capital city to show up during the legislative session as advocates, for example with Kansas Interfaith Action.
Sharon Avery (Chair)
FCC Care Team
The FCC Care Team is devoted to visiting church members in their time of need, either at home or in the hospital.
Tobias Schlingensiepen (Chair)