Our Staff

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones

Senior Minister

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones has served First Central as Senior Minister since July 6, 2010. He and his husband Michael moved here from Oklahoma City, where Scott was Pastor…

Rev. Dr. E. Scott Jones has served First Central as Senior Minister since July 6, 2010. He and his husband Michael moved here from Oklahoma City, where Scott was Pastor of the Cathedral of Hope for five years while also writing as a columnist for the Oklahoma Gazette newspaper. Scott previously served churches in Arkansas and Texas as Associate Pastor and Youth & College Minister and was ordained in 1997.

In April 2015 Scott and Michael welcomed their son into the world and are currently enjoying the daily joys of raising a child.

A native Oklahoman, Scott earned a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy at Oklahoma Baptist University, graduating summa cum laude in 1996, and an M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in Philosophy from the University of Oklahoma. Yes, he is a Sooner fan.

Scott is also a Lecturer in the Philosophy Department of Creighton University, and in 2014 and 2015 attended the Yale Writers’ Conference while working on his finished but not yet published memoir about his coming out while a Baptist youth minister in Texas.

Scott is part of Heartland Clergy for Inclusion, was an author of the Heartland Proclamation, and coordinated the #ReadyToMarry campaign for marriage equality in Nebraska. Scott was also a leader of the Equal Omaha Coalition that lobbied successfully in 2012 for the passage of Omaha’s Equal Employment Ordinance. As a former foster parent, his current justice passion is the broken child welfare system.

Scott actively blogs, enjoys hiking, reading, home remodeling, and travel.

You may read some of Scott’s sermon’s on our Sermons page.

Rev. Katie Miller

Minister of Student and Family Life

Rev. Katie Miller is our Minister of Student and Family Life, a recently added position.

In May Katie graduated from Chicago Theological Seminary, where she received a Masters of Divinity and also worked as the Student Marketing Assistant.  Katie holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Musical Theater from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and spent several years prior to seminary working as an actor/musician/vocalist/nanny in and around Chicago and New York.  She is passionate about people and ministry and the great outdoors, and can be found most non-work days hiking wherever there’s a trail and a hint of sunshine.

 

Rev. Dr. Jim Harmon

Minister of Visitation

Rev. Dr. Jim Harmon is our Minister of Visitation. Jim has a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, and has worked over 30 years in full time ministry.

Rev. Dr. Jim Harmon is our Minister of Visitation. Jim has a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary, and has worked over 30 years in full time ministry.  Jim calls on our homebound members and visitors, and will also bring communion on request.

Sara Sharpe

Church Office Administrator

Sara Sharpe is our Office Administrator. A native of Omaha, Sara graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a BS in social work.

Sara Sharpe is our Office Administrator. A native of Omaha, Sara graduated from the University of Nebraska-Omaha with a BS in social work. Sara has been a member of First Central for 26 years, and Office Manager for 11 years.

Stephen Bouma

Director of Music

Stephen Bouma is our Director of Music and Organist. Stephen is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, and holds a MM in piano performance from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Stephen Bouma is our Director of Music and Organist. Stephen is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, and holds a MM in piano performance from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He currently sings with the Omaha Chamber Singers. Stephen is also a composer, and has had works commissioned by Central High School, Hastings High School, and the Clarion Chamber Chorale.

Cassie Williams

Communications Coordinator

Cassie graduated from the University of Nebraska- Omaha with a BS in New Media with a concentration in Media Technology. She is also a freelance photographer with over 10 years experience.

Cassie graduated from the University of Nebraska- Omaha with a BS in New Media with a concentration in Media Technology. She is also a freelance photographer with over 10 years experience. She is an avid sports fan (Chicago Bears, Huskers- of course, and the Boston Red Sox) and enjoys playing recreational softball in the summer. Cassie and her fiance Mike also just welcomed their first child and are enjoying life as new parents!