Chris Hemmelman

Lead Pastor

Chris hails from Dakota City, Nebraska, and is a graduate of York College (BA), the University of South Dakota (MA), and Reformed Theological Seminary (MDiv). While working as a high school English teacher in Sioux City, IA, his students set him up with his now-wife Mindy. Chris and Mindy spent nearly 8 years in Arlington, Virginia, where they were a part of the planting team of Redeemer Church of Arlington. In March of 2012, Chris left the education field and joined the staff of Redeemer. Then, sensing God’s call to plant churches in the Midwest, Chris and Mindy moved to Omaha in January 2015 to participate in a one-year church planting residency at Coram Deo Church. Chris is responsible for leading First City Church through preaching, theological direction, leadership development, and pastoral care. In his spare time he enjoys reading, superhero movies, working out, and exploring new places with Mindy.