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About Us

Our Church

First Christian Church began when seven people gathered for worship in 1876, moving to the church's present location on the corner of Jackson and Grundy Streets a year later. First Christian's mission is to serve the community with the love of Christ, believing that God's grace is for all people. As Paul wrote in Romans 15:7, "Welcome one another, therefore, as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." The church has long embraced the calling as the church that will accept anyone. The Lord's Table is the centerpiece of our worship, serving as a reminder of God's grace through Christ for all. Along with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) statement of identity, "We are Disciples of Christ, a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world," we hold onto the understanding that "as part of the one body of Christ, we welcome all to the Lord's Table as God has welcomed us."

Our Ministry

There are many ways that members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister to one another, to their communities and to the world. We consider our congregations to be "mission stations." They minister to the needy, the hurting and those who are seeking God. They work for justice in their communities. They help build houses and churches. They invite persons into their church communities to share and nourish life in Christ. Disciples regions support congregations and their pastors. Regional ministers provide spiritual leadership. Regions help congregations find pastors. Regional staff members help congregations through periods of change, and sometimes through conflict. Disciples general and regional ministries assist in starting and revitalizing congregations. General ministries help the whole church to live toward a vision. They play a key role in equipping missionaries to serve around the world. They serve the elderly. They serve the disabled, the abused and victims of natural disaster and war. They organize people from many congregations to carry out mission projects in North America and abroad. They work for Christian unity and help the church communicate with itself and the world. They help finance church building, provide for retirement and help people support the whole church with financial gifts. They remember church history, educate young adults and train lay and ordained pastoral leaders. Disciples believe that all persons, lay and ordained are called to be ministers of the Gospel and ministers to one another.


Rev. Tom Murdock

Senior Minister | Email | Friend Tom on Facebook!

Tom Murdock was born in Pensacola, Florida and has been living in Tennessee since 1990. A graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Tom came to the Disciples through several years of searching and prayer. Experiencing Communion or (The Lord's Supper) on a weekly basis gave new meaning to worship, as a seminary professor had once commented about the first communion between Jesus and Disciples, "How could they ever smell or taste bread and wine and not remember Jesus?" Tom has served Disciple of Christ congregations in Shelbyville, Union City, and now in Tullahoma. Tom is currently serving as the President of the Tullahoma Ministerial Alliance and the Chair of the Commission on the Ministry for the Christian Church in Tennessee. He is married to Dr. Angie Murdock, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Middle Tennessee State University. Tom and Angie share their home with their two cats. Tom Murdock has been the Senior Minister at First Christian Church, Tullahoma since June 2005.

"If faith puts us on the road, hope keeps us there."
- William Sloane Coffin

Pam Bussell

Secretary | Email | Friend Pam on Facebook!

Vicki Collinsworth

Music Director | Email | Friend Pam on Facebook!

Service Times & Directions

We offer two services each Sunday to accomodate people with varying schedules!

Early Service: 8:30 am

Late Service: 11:00 am

Adut and Youth Sunday School classes are also available.

Start Time 9:45 am

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120 West Grundy Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
(931) 455-2200