Meet the Staff


Michael "Chip" Smith  
Church Administrator

Chip graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Creative Writing.  After years working as a successful General Contractor on projects all across the country, he returned to the Milwaukee area to be near friends and family.  Chip first began his role at First Church in the position of Building Superintendent and upon Cindy Payette's retirement assumed the role of Administrator while maintaining the responsibilities of the Superintendent.  He takes pride in both the outward appearance of First Church, as well as the inner workings, serving in an ex-officio capacity on many of the Boards and Committees.  He enjoys golf and working on creative construction projects in and around his home in Waukesha.


Jill Bruss  - Office & Administrative Coordinator

Cindy Payette-Walsh  -  Staff Support  

Hailey Sgarlata  -  Office Support



Tonia 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.




Dr. Patrick Dill
Director of music

Rhonda Kwiecien
Organist & pianist

Roxanne Trump-Miles  
Director of the Junior Choir




Kimberly Porter

Scott Dekok

JillIian Bruss

Dale Porter


Mark Lund

Aaron Sanders

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