Meet the Staff

Jarrett Banks-Senior Pastor

Web senior MinisterJarrett and his wife Lori joined the Fort Smith community in Aug 2017. They have two children. Carson is a graduate student at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, and Sara is a junior at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Jarrett received his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry from Gardner-Webb University. Jarrett’s hobbies include running, and he is the Ainsley’s Angels Ambassador for Northwest Arkansas, a non-profit organization that aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community. For more information please check out his blog.  

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Soniyyah “Sonna” B. Key

WEB PAGE SBKEYSoniyyah ” Sonna” B. Key is a resident of Fort Smith, Arkansas. She served as the Youth Director here at FCC 17 years ago, and now she serves as the Associate Pastor. She brings 20 year of ministry experience. Soniyyah received her Master of Divinity from SMU-Perkins School of Theology. She is a cross-cultural trained leader having pastored in both white and African-American churches. She is driven by her love for community and service to others.



Dianna Jackson-Music Director

WEB MUSICDianna earned a Bachelor of Music Education with full majors in vocal and instrumental music from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Dianna is married to Dr. Jack L. Jackson II, a mathematics professor at UAFS and an active member of FCC.  Dianna has been directing music at First Christian since 1995. She oversees all aspects of the Music Ministry program including managing the budget, scheduling, programming and planning worship services.


Evan Mino-Organist

WEB PG Evan2  Evan Mino has been the organist at First Christian Church since 2013.  In addition to his duties at FCC, Evan is an adjunct professor of music at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and Arkansas Tech University, where he teaches horn and class piano.  He also performs regularly with the Fort Smith Symphony, Arkansas Symphony, and other regional orchestras.  Evan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UA – Fort Smith and a Master of Music degree in Horn Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  Evan currently resides in Fort Smith with his wife, Abigail, and their four children.

Barbara Brown-Secretary 


Barbara Ann Brown is a native of Baton Rouge, LA (but, lived most of her life in Natchez, MS). She and and her husband, Steve, have been married for 42 years. They have one son and one daughter and three grandchildren. They moved to Fort Smith in 2009. Barbara has been the FCC Administrative Assistant since 2011.  


Pam Shelby-Financial Secretary

WEB PHOTO PAMPam Shelby grew up in Tontitown, AR and moved to Fort Smith in 1982. She worked as a computer programmer for Rheem Manufacturing for 32 years. She and her husband, John, have been married for 26 years and have two children. She and her family are avid Razorback fans and attend many sporting events. She has been the Financial Secretary for FCC since 2016.


Randy Alexander-Custodian

 Web page Randy AlexanderRandy has lived in Fort Smith since 1987, and he and his wife, Connie, are longtime members of FCC (DOC). They have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and seven grandchildren who they love very much. Randy enjoys spending as much time as he can with them. Randy started working as the custodian at the church in November of 1997 after being urged by another member to do it during his spare time because the church did not have a custodian at the time. He thought that he would do it about four or five years, but that turned into 20 a couple of months ago. He enjoys doing it, mainly for the activity and exercise.


Patience Hudlow-Nursery Coordinator

WEB P HUDLOW  Patience was born and raised in Fort Smith. First Christian Church has been her church home for all of her life. She is a graduate of U of A. She is married with two sons. She has been nursery coordinator for three years.