Directory of Music Ministry
Business and Financial Administrator
Rev. Joseph "Joey" Pusateri, Senior Pastor
Joey Pusateri is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister, having earned his Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. He is also a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington, IN (BA, Comparative Literature). Before responding to the call of ministry, Joey worked in sales, marketing, project planning and leadership. He served Middletown Christian Church and Simpsonville Christian Church before accepting the call to First Christian Church in Danville. He has been recognized for excellence in preaching by various organizations and is frequently asked to share his powerful and passionate messages as a guest preacher. Joey believes the hope available to us from God in Christ is sufficient to sustain life, powerful enough to change the world, and the birthright of every human being. He envisions congregations and communities revitalized and transformed by that hope, and he commits himself to the realization of that vision through preaching, teaching and leading. Joey is optimistic about the future of the church, knowing that anything that belongs to the God of the resurrection is never in peril of extinction. It is his great joy to serve that church as a disciple of Jesus. Joey’s wife, Jennifer, is a UDL (Universal Design for Learning) specialist and a PhD student at the University of Kentucky. They have two daughters: Kira and Sadie.
Rev. Griffin Phillips, Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Families
Rev Griffin Phillips is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). She received a B.A. in Religion and in Anthropology and Sociology from Centre College, and then a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2014. Griffin was ordained as a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in 2016.
Rev Phillips has served the church her entire life, reading scripture in worship since a young age and serving as a youth Deacon. Although Griffin grew up valuing youth group, she did not know she was called to enter the ministry until much later. As her experience indicates, her passion has always been mission work and youth ministry, leading and directing camp programs at Burnamwood Camp and Conference Center. Griffin has served at Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church in Lexington and St. Paul Methodist Church in Louisville. During those calls, she worked as the leader of Appalachian Ministry programs, and in a Mission Immersion Camp at Maxwell Street. Griffin has also served as a Chaplain with Hospice of the Bluegrass and the V.A. Hospital.
Rev Phillips believes she is being called to a place where she can help further the church in its mission to fulfill God's plan—whatever that may be. Griffin wants to help youth and young adults recognize the significance and the love of God so that the church can continue to grow and develop.
Griffin is currently engaged to Rev. Sean Ryan, Associate Pastor at Centenary United Methodist Church in Danville.
Larry Davidson, Director of Music Ministry
Larry joined the church staff in the fall of 2013 and comes to us after a lifetime of experience as a retired High School Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra Director, a Magnet Program Director, and a church choir director. While he is originally from Virginia, before moving to Danville, Larry lived for many years in Miami, Florida. He enjoys directing our Sanctuary Choir and Grace Notes Handbell Choir and always looking for new choir members.
Harry Mercer, Organist
Born in Laurel, Mississippi, Harry grew up in south Mississippi on a large working farm and attended William Carey University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Church Music majoring in Organ Performance and Conducting and pursued graduate studies at Southern Seminary in Louisville with concentration in Church Music/Organ/Liturgy. His teachers include Donald Winters, Jim Rightmyer, Marilyn Keiser, and Gerre Hancock (improvisation). Since 15 years old, Harry has been a church organist and/or director. He has one daughter, Caty, and two of the world’s greatest grandchildren! He enjoys entertaining, cooking, playing bridge, and of course playing with Jackson, age 9, and Ruthie Cate, age 4. Harry considers himself to be most blessed to have become connected with First Christian Church in his “retirement “. "This body of worshippers and workers is an amazing addition to my life!"
Sherrie Cocanougher, Business and Financial Administrator
Since December 2003, Sherrie has been on staff at First Christian as our Business and Financial Administrator. Her duties include payroll accounting, accounts payable, coordinates the building repairs, contributions, ordering of supplies for the church and other various things. Sherrie lives in rural Boyle County with her husband, John. She has two grown children.
Donna Everett, Administrative Assistant
After moving from Tennessee, Donna began working at FCC in 2011. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and has worked in various business positions. Donna provides much information and communication to our church family and community along with overseeing the church calendar. She is married and has twin daughters attending the University of Kentucky.