Meet the Staff


Chip SmithMichael "Chip" Smith  
Church Administrator

As a Marquette University graduate with a degree in Creative Writing, Chip uses this skill to help with all publications produced in the church.  His background in Construction Management is a great asset when working with the Board of Trustees as he oversees the physical plant of the church.  Additionally serving in an ex-officio capacity on multiple boards and working closely with all of the committees of the church, Chip is able to provide support for the lay leadership and professional staff alike.  Currently completing his Masters in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Executive Leadership, he will be conitinuing on in pursuit of his MDiv as he explores the pastoral aspects of his calling as well as continually improving overall operations of the church.  When not in the office or dilligently studying, you will likely find him on the golf course or at a concert hall watching one of his favorite bands as they pass through Milwaukee.

Jill Bruss 
Office & Administrative Coordinator

Cindy Payette-Walsh  -  Staff Support  

Kale Lund  -  Office Support


Tonia WallnerTonia Wallner
Director of Christian Education

Tonia is originally a “small town girl” having grown up in Randolph, Wisconsin.  She has a lifelong passion for sports and physical education.  Tonia earned Bachelor's degrees in both Physical & Health Education, has a Masters in Sports Administration, and is currently the physical education teacher and Athletic Director at St. Monica School in Whitefish Bay.  She has also coached volleyball and basketball at various levels, including 5 years with the UWM Women’s Basketball Team.  It was during her tenure there that she discovered a desire to direct her skills towards working with young people, rather than coaching adults.  Tonia continues to expand her Lay Ministry talents with additional outside classes and education, and always looks for extra ways to ‘minister’ at First Church, especially for our young people and their families.
Tonia joined FCC in 2004, and married her husband, Steve (a lifelong FCC member), here the same year.  She was appointed our Director of Christian Education in 2010.  Tonia resides in Wauwatosa with her husband and their 3 cats.



Rhonda Kwiecien

Dr. Patrick Dill
Director of music

Rhonda Kwiecien

Rhonda Kwiecien
Organist & pianist

Roxanne Trump-Miles  
Director of the Junior Choir



Kimberly Porter

Scott Dekok

JillIian Bruss

Dale Porter


Mark Lund

Charlie Trump

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