New here?

When you visit us for the first time, we want you to experience a warm and extravagant welcome. Here is some information about what to expect:

  • where do i go?

    The church building is located on Ferguson Road, just west of Buckner Blvd. next to the entrance to the White Rock Hills Library. You may park along the side or in the back. The entrance for worship and events is off the back parking lot. When you enter, the Gathering Area is immediately to your left, and the Worship Center (Sanctuary) is just past the Gathering Area.

  • are my children welcome?

    We love the presence of children at First Community Church! We encourage children to express themselves and participate during the service. Some children enjoy dancing during the songs, while others sing or clap along. The pastor will often invite children to help with leadership in various ways. Our worship space includes a colorful children's area with pillows and rocking chairs, and our staffed nursery is available to those who need it.

  • am i welcome?

    When we say "no matter who you are welcome here," we mean it! On any given Sunday, you'll find a mix of people of different genders, races, sexual orientations, ages, income, education, and backgrounds. Some of our members use canes or wheelchairs, and others do not. We have car-owners and bus-riders; unicorns and those who prefer to blend in; blue-collar workers, teachers, and lawyers. YOU are welcome here!

  • worship

    Our worship contains some formal elements such as written prayers and liturgy, but the community is relaxed in the way we practice worship. The liturgy, prayers, lyrics of the hymns, and scripture texts are projected on the right wall beside the organ. Our music is mostly piano and drums, with a mix of organ, flute, soloists, choir, and other talented musicians. Many of the songs we sing are in both Spanish and English, and we invite you to sing in the language of your choice. We enjoy the passing of the peace during worship, and while many people actively roam around shaking hands with each other, not all do so. Feel free to participate according to your comfort level. Our worship services are also available on Facebook Live.

  • communion

    We celebrate the Eucharist (which means "thanksgiving") meal every Sunday as part of our worship together. We practice an open table, and all people are welcome to participate: whether you are baptized or not, whether you believe a little or a lot. Most Sundays, communion is by intinction, which means that you are given a piece of bread and may dip it in the cup of grape juice. We provide a gluten-free option as well. 

    Image: "The Best Supper" © Jan Richardson.

  • bathrooms

    We are an open and affirming church, and while our main bathrooms are labeled "women" and "men," we want you to use the bathroom that is most comfortable for your gender identity. If you prefer a single bathroom, please ask one of our members or staff and we will show you to one. All of our bathrooms are ADA compliant.

  • accessibility

    Several of our members live with physical or neurological disabilities, and we are always working to expand access. We provide both noise reduction headphones and hearing enhancement devices for public worship and events. With notice, sign language interpretation may be provided. Do you have a specific need or are you interested in joining us? Contact Pastor Manda.

Our Staff


    Pastor Ray Jordan is a trailblazing preacher, teacher, academic, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and consultant to churches, non-profits, corporate entities, and institutions of higher education. As an ordained United Church of Christ clergyperson, Ray is formerly the Senior Pastor of Central Congregational UCC in Dallas, TX (serving as Central’s first African American senior minister in its 117-year history), formerly the President of the North Texas Association of the UCC (its first African American president). In 2020, Pastor Ray served as the Pastor Tempus (Supply Pastor) during Pastor Manda's illness, and in 2021 became First Community’s first African American senior minister in its 71-year history.

    Ray has worked as a public-school teacher, university professor, non-profit administrator, corporate trainer, clergyperson and consultant in areas of conflict mediation, organizational development as well as diversity and inclusion. Ray is a sought-after preacher, speaker, workshop leader and facilitator in the areas of difference (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.) and cultural competency. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Theological Studies from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology and is completing his PhD (ABD) from Union Institute and University, with an emphasis in public policy and social change. Ray has taught Philosophy and World Religion for Cedar Valley and North Lake Colleges and Interdisciplinary Studies and African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. Currently, Ray teaches courses in Human Rights and Social Justice for the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Southern Methodist University when not spending time with his three children, Trey and Alley and Joshua Caleb. 

    Contact Pastor Ray: email

  • Derrick Horne, MUSIC Director

    derrick@eastdallasucc.orgDerrick is currently a Professor of Practice in Music at SMU, where he is also Director of the Meadow’s Jazz Orchestra. In addition to his work in the academy, he is a recording artist, copyright consultant to publishing houses, composer, songwriter, author, choir director, instrumentalist (playing the piano/keys, organ, as well as the acoustic, electronic and base guitars), among many other things. 

    Derrick has long and extensive experiences in sacred music, including being on music staff for churches that include

    United Methodist, Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME), Baptist, Seventh-Day Adventist, and non-denominational congregations. His many accomplishments have led him to be a voting member of The Recording Academy (formally the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). And for bonus, he has had a composition in the pool for a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

    Personally, Derrick originally hails from Longview, TX but currently lives in Addison with his wife (who is a native Spanish speaker) and their son Isaac, both of whom he expects will be joining him at FCC. Contact Derrick:  email


    First Community Church is pleased to welcome Olivia Vasquez as our new Administration and Communications Coordinator. Olivia comes to us with a vast and diverse set of skills and experiences that include an Associate Degree in Computer Programming and two Bachelor Degrees in Biology and Christian Studies (a degree designed to prepare church professionals) from Dallas Baptist University.

    Olivia lives locally (within minutes of the church) and has two children, ages 14 and one year old. She is also a fluent Spanish speaker with a great passion for the community, particularly youth. 

    Contact Olivia: email

United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).

A Church of Firsts

Since 1957, the United Church of Christ has been the church of firsts, weaving God’s message of hope and extravagant welcome with action for justice and peace. Together, we live out our faith in ways that effect change in our communities. The UCC's many "firsts" mean that we have inherited a tradition of acting upon the demands of our faith. When we read in Galatians: "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus"—a demand is made upon us. And so we were the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. We were in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. Our response to the demands of our faith is woven into the history of our country.

A Church of Extravagant Welcome

Today, we continue to change lives throughout the world. We work alongside more than 200 mission partners. We labor ceaselessly to fight injustice, in the United States and abroad. We instill our vision into our youth and young adults, forging leaders who will imagine new dreams. And we sustain and develop church leaders, pastors, and our local churches to live their faith in exciting new ways. We believe in a God that is still speaking, a God that is all-loving and inclusive. We are a church that welcomes and accepts everyone as they are, where your mind is nourished as much as your soul.

We are a church where Jesus the healer meets Jesus the revolutionary, and where together, we grow a just and peaceful world.