Rev. Dr. Loy Hoskins
As one who is honored and blessed to serve, be served by, and serve with the family of faith at First
Christian Church of Marshall as Senior Minister, I welcome you to the information contained on our
webpage. My wife, Rhonda, and arrived in Marshall in May of 2013 and have been blessed to come to
know the amazing people who call this their church home.
Rhonda and I met in CYF (Christian Youth Fellowship) in a Disciples congregation in Lindsay,
Oklahoma while we were in high school, and have been married since December of 1977 – the same
year I graduated high school. We have two sons and nine grandchildren living in Kansas and Colorado.
After my four year enlistment in the Air Force, both Rhonda and I attended college in Oklahoma where
I received a bachelor and masters degree in education and she earned her Bachelor of Science in
Nursing. We then moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico where I completed a Doctorate in Education from
New Mexico State University.
We next landed in Kansas where I taught in the education department of Sterling College for five years. Between 1985 and 1999 I served congregations in each town where we lived as a volunteer youth director and then part-time youth pastor. In 1999 God called me to ministry full time, and we relocated to Mountain Home, Arkansas and then Bentonville, Arkansas so that I could serve Disciple congregations in those towns as an Associate Minister. During this time I attended Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, completing a Master of Divinity degree in 2005, followed by my ordination.
Rhonda and I are both committed to Marshall First Christian Church and faithfully answering God’s call through the missions and ministries of the congregation. In addition to being a part of more than 80 summer camps, 100 weekend retreats, and 20 youth mission trips I have been a baseball and softball coach for 25 teams, Scoutmaster, Cub Master, youth football coach, Fellowship of Christian Athlete huddle coach, keynoter at many youth events, academic team judge, FFA speech judge, etc. Now that you know some about me, I would love to have the opportunity to get to know you!
Rev. Dr. Loy Hoskins
Ron & Carol Schupp
Welcome to First Christian Church of Marshall! We are Ron and Carol Schupp and we arethe
Custodians for the First Christian Church of Marshall. We have been members of this church
for 40 years and have been employed as Custodians for 21 years. We have been married 46
years! We enjoy the task of keeping God’s house clean and the feeling of pride we experience
when we walk into the church as members and experience a fresh, neat and clean environment.
My husband Ron recently retired from many years of employment with ConAgra Foods and is
the backbone of our custodian team and is very good at “giving directions” haha. He is the
strong, silent man with many virtues and a strong faith in God. Ron is a Deacon and serves on
the Property Committee, he also served this church as Sunday Custodian for many years.
Although he is strong and silent, he cares greatly for this church, its people and our God.
His favorite song is "Because He Lives".
I am retired from the State of Missouri. I am involved in many activities within the church as
follows: Elder, member of the Board, member of the Chancel Choir and the Chancel Hand bell Choir, Chairperson of the Fellowship Committee, assist with the youth, adult sponsor at church camps in the Northwest area, and C.R.Y. Festivals. I also enjoy working with the elderly. My greatest source of strength comes first from my belief in God, and second from my mother. She was a lovely lady with an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. She endured many trials and tribulations in her life, but her faith has never wavered, nor did she ever doubt God’s love for her. She went to be with her lord and savior in June, 2010 at the age of 90, and experienced many of the things in life that other elderly persons experienced, but never asked why or blamed God. I can only hope to have half as much grace, strength and courage throughout the rest of my life that she showed during hers. My favorite song is “It Is Well WIth My Soul” .
We have two grown children and five wonderful grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 27. They are the delight of our life and provide much entertainment.
Our wish for our church is to see it grow and for its members to flourish in their faith.
We have two favorite scriptures: Psalms 91 and Philippians 1:3-11
We invite you to come worship with us.
Ken & Virginia Bryant
I became a member of First Christian Church of Marshall in 1977 . I am currently an Elder
and the Church Financial Secretary. I have also served as Board Chair and Deacon. My
wife, Virginia and I have three children, Amy Heuman and William, Jill Clemens and J.W., and
Kristen Norris and Kevin. We have two grandchildren, Bryant Eads and Marissa Clemens. In my
free time I enjoy spending time with my family at the lake.
Thank you for visiting our web page today and discovering a little bit about us! I started
working for the Church as the Director of Music in February of 2009. In August of the same year
I also took on the duties of Office Manager. I recently completed a double major-
Science of Business Administration" and "Criminal Justice". In addition to working here at FCC, I also
own a dance studio that is in it's 18th year of operation. I have been blessed with two daughters:
Torey, my youngest, graduated in 2014 from Missouri Valley with a Major in Dance and is now Head
Instructor and Competition Team Director of my studio, Broadway Bound Dance Studio. In May of
2016 she became Mrs. Paul Spitzig. Destiny, My oldest daughter, moved back home from Gulf Shores,
AL in 2016. She is currently working two jobs in the Marshall area- a bookkeeper for Westport Estates
and a server at a local establishment. She's getting back into the "groove" of Midwest living. I am very
proud, humbled, and grateful to have such amazing children.
After years of asking God for the right man in my life... He finally provided! What an "On-Time
God"! In May of 2015 I married Brad Richards. He filled the missing piece of my life.
Recently, myself and two other ladies from the Church, formed a gospel trio. Although we are passed the ages of wanting to "take our show on the road", we try to do God's work by visiting nursing homes and bringing music and memories to the residence. This calling for me came late in life, but I have learned to listen when the Master calls you.
Letting God lead my life is something I am finally willing to do. Being at FCC has opened my heart to what God wants of me, and what I can do to share his love to others. By being allowed to praise him in song and music, I have learned that I am truly where God wants me to be...right here!
Former President Jimmy Carter spoke these following words that I hope we can all learn to live by-"My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference".
One more quote that I believe with all my heart:
" Your job is not to judge. Your job is not to figure out if someone deserves something. Your job is to lift the fallen, to restore the broken, and to heal the hurting".
My prayer is that we can all learn to give to others, and do for those who have needs. After all, what better gift to share than the gift of ourselves.
Welcome to First Christian Church of Marshall, Missouri. I am honored to serve as Director of
Children and Youth Ministries, as well as an Elder. I have been an active member for the past
8 years, and have been the Children and Youth Director since 2011. I also serve as one of three
Coordinators for the Christian Regional Youth (C.R.Y.) Festival.
I grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri and graduated from WGHS in 1984. I then attended
college at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, Missouri,
where I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Husbandry. During college, I met my
husband Greg; we married and settled in Marshall in 1989. We have two grown children;
Lucas is living in Springfield, and Kelsea resides in Marshall. I also have a step-son Jason and
grandson Caleb living in the Kansas City area. I have worked for the Marshall Habilitation Center
since 1990 as a Habilitation Specialist. During my free time, I enjoy reading and playing with our
As our children grew up, we attended several churches in the area, trying to find our ‘fit’. It was not until the kids entered junior high that they joined the youth program at First Christian Church. Since they were both actively involved, I volunteered as an adult chaperone for many of the youth group activities and events. When I attended C.R.Y. for the first time in 2008, I realized my purpose and calling in life was to serve. I continued to be actively involved in the youth program here at FCC until I was asked to fulfill the role as part-time Children and Youth Director in the spring of 2011.
I am honored and grateful to be given the opportunity to work, learn and grow alongside the children and youth here. My passion is to not only guide them in their spiritual journey, but to walk with them in our quest towards justice, service, love and personal growth. We attempt to reach these goals through service opportunities, activities, lessons, retreats, conferences, camps, worship, prayer and fellowship.