• Rev. David Yonker - SEnior Pastor

    Rev. David J. Yonker has been serving the First Christian Church in Burlington since October of 2012. He previously served as the pastor of the First Christian Church in Sterling, Illinois from 2004-2012. He was born and raised in Missouri and calls Columbia, Missouri his hometown. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri and a Masters of Divinity degree from Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky.


    While a seminarian, Dave served for three years as the Student Youth Pastor at the First Christian Church in Shelbyville, Kentucky and one year as the Student Pastor at the Smithfield Christian Church, in Smithfield, Kentucky. He loves spending time with his wife Liz and their two children. He is also an avid golfer, reader, and runner, and a sports fanatic, and especially loves the St. Louis Cardinals. 


  • Rev. Will Ryan - Associate Pastor

    Rev. William (Will) J. Sanford Ryan, the son of Halli Sanford-Ryan and Kent Ryan, was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. Upon graduation from Theodore Roosevelt High School, will went to Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO on a football scholarship for kicking and punting. While at C-SC, Will majored in Religion & Philosophy and History & Political Science.


    After graduation from C-SC, Will enrolled at Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth, TX to pursue his Master’s of Divinity. While there he met his wife, Hannah Fisher, who is the pastor at St. Luke United Church of Christ in Burlington.  While at Brite, he worked as the Youth Minister at Azle Christian Church in Azle, TX. 


    Will graduated from Brite Divinity School with his M.Div. in May of 2015 and was ordained into Christian Ministry at First Christian Church of Des Moines that same month. He began as the Associate Minister at First Christian Church of Burlington in July of 2015. He is a Cubs and Hawkeye fan, enjoys reading, golf, and cooking. 


  • Justin Livingston - Youth Pastor

    Justin grew up in an east central town in Illinois. While he was growing up he played baseball, basketball and tennis. He was on a tennis scholarship and graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a degree in Christian ministries with an emphasis in youth in 2002. Before coming to FCC, Justin was on staff for two summers at a Christian sports camp in Branson, Missouri and was a part of two mission trips to Taiwan. In addition he was a youth minister in his hometown of Charleston, Illinois for five years.

    Justin met his wife Emily here at FCC. They have two beautiful children, Cole and Landrie. Justin’s many interests include Illinois basketball, church league softball and Golfing!! In addition to that Justin enjoys spending evenings at home with his wife and kids.


  • Sara Zotz - Communications Director

    Sara grew up just outside Minneapolis, MN and moved to Burlington in 2007 (her husbands hometown). A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College with a Bachelors degree in and Church Leadership and Studio Arts, Sara began working at FCC in 2013 where she is able to put her graphic design skills and Church Leadership degree to work.

    Sara previously was the office manager & second shooter at a local boutique photography studio and has a passion for photography and design. Her hobbies also include sewing, crafts and baking.

    Sara and Jason married in 2008 and have a daughter, Alice born in 2012. As a family they are big Hawkeye football fans, love spending the weekends taking their black lab, Jack for walks, playing with their feisty cat Atticus and watching movies as a family together!


  • Amy Garmoe - Administrative Assistant

    Amy grew up in church as a PK (pastor’s kid) in Montrose, Iowa. She is the youngest of four children.


    Amy spent the past eight years living in Johnson County. In 2013, after spending several semesters in college pursuing a degree in nursing, she had several life events take place that changed her plans for the future. She obtained her local minister’s license in 2014, at her home church in Iowa City. She served there as Children's Ministry Director, locally licensed minister, volunteer event photographer, social media and communications volunteer and several other roles. In 2016 Amy accepted a staff position as an Office Administrator at a church in Coralville, where she stayed until her recent move back to her childhood hometown of Montrose. 


    Amy enjoys spending time with her three children and their cat, that they all lovingly refer to as Baby Kitty. Her hobbies include: hiking, taking photos, being outdoors, and writing. She is always ready to engage in meaningful conversation, especially over a good cup of coffee. 


  • Cindy Bachtell - Bookkeeper

    Bio Coming Soon!




  • Jerry Hayes II - Custodian

    Bio Coming Soon!

  • Tammi Wirt, R.N. - parish nurse

    Hello everyone!  This a very exciting time for me as I begin to serve First Christian Church and its congregants as Parish Nurse.  I feel very blessed and privileged to have been chosen to fill this important role and I want to assure you that I take it very seriously.  It’s truly an honor to be entrusted with the most private details of a person’s life and I look forward to building a close and caring relationship with each and every one of you. 

         First, a little bit about myself.  I’m a homegrown, lifelong Iowa farm girl and St. Louis Cardinals fan!  I graduated from Mediapolis High School, I’m 52-years old, single, and have two older brothers and an older sister.  I live on my parents five-generation farm a couple miles east of Kingston. My dad passed away in 2012 and my 85-year old mother asked me a couple of years ago if I would move home to help her as she gets older. It has been the greatest blessing for both of us! 

         Our family grows corn and soybeans to sell and also mows hay and cuts silage to feed our 100-300 Blank Angus cattle.  We have a palomino named Hotshot that likes to eat horsie treats more than anything else!  As soon as he sees you, he comes running across the pasture, whinnying, looking for treats.  He is SO spoiled.  It doesn’t hurt that we have a couple of veterinarians in the family too!

         In addition to my quarter-time job as Parish Nurse, I am a full-rime Registered Nurse and the minister at Danville United Methodist Church.  That is why you won’t see me at FCC on Sunday mornings.

         I’ve had a lot of nursing experience in a wide variety of areas.  I’ve worked in several long-term care centers as well as at Genesis Medical Center (both campuses) in Davenport.  I was a medical-surgical float nurse there, which means I worked in all the departments which included Acute Care, Rehabilitation, Oncology, Pulmonary, Surgical Specialty, Cardiac, Orthopedics, the Emergency Room and Trauma Bay.  I’m currently a Home Health Nurse, working 12-hour shifts at client’s homes in Burlington for a company out of Denver called Professional Case Management (PCM).  My true passion is working with the elderly.

         I will be in the Parish Nurse office at the church on Wednesdays, 11 AM-1:00 PM, 1:00 PM staff meeting, then afternoons for hospital/home visits, appointments, etc.  Stop on in to say “hi” or shoot me an email (parishnurse@burlingtondisciples.org)