Meet Our Staff



Our Pastor 

Richard Weidler         


Richard was called to our church in 2008 after having served UCC congregations in New England and Pennsylvania for more than 25 years. He is a pastor with a compassionate heart, who cares deeply for members as well as those beyond First Congregational who are struggling because of social injustice, distributive injustice, and systemic inequality of opportunity or possibility. Richard has led First Congregational from being a quiet little neighborhood church to becoming a voice for justice and compassion to the larger community. As our church has grown and evolved, so has our pastor. Richard received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1975, after which he studied in Europe for two years before entering Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1981. To reach Richard, please call



Our Administrator    Administrator

Linda Welch


Linda came to First Congregational in May 2013 as a former retreat facility director with a background in non-profit and office management. She has lived in Western North Carolina for 13 years where she has found her “soul” home. Always ready to help in any way she is able, Linda seems to have time and patience for everyone. Office hours are Tuesday - Friday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm. Contact Linda by phone at 828-692-8630.

Mark AckerOur Minister of Music                  

Mark Acker

Mark began his work at First Congregational in January of 2016, and is excited about being a part of the dynamic and inclusive culture of the church. Prior to his work at First Congregational, Mark served churches in Nashville and Little Rock. Mark has a passion for helping our choir to grow in numbers and in quality, for offering a variety of music from traditional classical anthems to songs of social justice, and for helping our church to continue being a voice for social justice and inclusive love in our community. To learn more about music at First Congregational, please call Mark at 615-430-3506.

Dora  CharlesOur Custodians

Dora and Charles Littleton


Charles has been the custodian at FCC for 35 years and was joined by his wife, Dora, in 1994. Charles and Dora were married at FCC in 1996 and have made many friends here over the years!

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