Stephen Walker, Minister

Stephen began preaching at Kanawha City Church of Christ in January 2016. He is originally from Point Pleasant and attended the Sand Hill Road Church of Christ. He graduated from Amridge University in 2010 with a B.S. in Ministry/Bible. He worked as the Youth and Family Life Minister for the 36th Street Church of Christ in Vienna, WV, before coming to Kanawha City Church of Christ. He is married to Erika (Asbury) Walker, who is originally from Fraziers Bottom and attended the Dunbar Church of Christ. They have two children; Avery and Macy. His hobbies include: Spending time with family, playing and watching sports (especially anything Marshall, Michigan State, or Cincinnati Reds), and reading.


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Alex Ross, Youth Minister | Kanawha City Church of Christ, Charleston, WV

Alex Ross, Youth Minister

Alex began as Youth Minister in November 2016. He grew up in Cross Lanes as a preachers son at the Cross Lanes Church of Christ. He graduated at the University of Charleston where he also played on the soccer team. He is married to Ali Ross, who grew up at the Kanawha City Church of Christ. They are avid lovers of animals, with three dogs and a cat of their own. His hobbies include: working out, golf, soccer, and movies.

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Amy Kuhns, Church Secretary


Amy grew up in Boone County, WV. She attended Rock Creek Church of Christ, Danville Church of Christ, and South Charleston Church of Christ before becoming a member at Kanawha City Church of Christ. She graduated from Scott High School, and then West Virginia State University, where she earned her BSBA in Marketing. She is married to Dewey; they have two boys, Will and Matthew, and a Malti-Poo named Peanut.

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Our Leadership

The elders of the Kanawha City Church of Christ provide spiritual leadership and guidance for the members.

As an autonomous congregation, all governing decisions and financial responsibilities are handled by the elected eldership.


Tom Hannigan, Elder

Tom has served as an elder since 2015. He was born in eastern Kanawha County. Has lived in Pinch since 1989. He is married to Brenda, and they have three children; Nathan, Tanner, and Jamie; son-in-law Tim; and two grandchildren, Finn and Sofia. Tom is self-employed as an Independent Financial Advisor and has helped people meet their financial goals and plan for their future for 30-plus years. Tom and Brenda began attending Kanawha City Church of Christ in the late 1970s. He currently serves as Worship Leader and LifeGroup Leader. 


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Chris Morris, Elder

Chris has served as an elder since 2015. Chris began his walk with Christ when he was baptized on July 1, 1984. He became a member of the Kanawha City Church of Christ when he and his wife, Renee, moved to Charleston in 2001. Renee and Chris met in college at West Virginia University and will be celebrating 20 years of marriage this year.  They have been blessed with three daughters; Alaina, Kayla, and Avery. He is currently employed as the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Citynet. In his spare time, he enjoys running and spending time with their girls and their chocolate lab, Mocha.


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Bill Reynolds, Elder

Bill and Darlena have been married over 40 years and are the parents of three adult, married children. They have two granddaughters and four grandsons. They met and married while in college at Glenville State. They are lifelong residents of West Virginia and attended various denominations before being baptized 40 years ago at Kanawha City Church of Christ. They retired from careers as educators with nearly 40 years of service.

Bill follows WVU football and basketball and is a dedicated Cleveland Browns fan. He plays golf, swims, bikes, and is a fabulous spectator of grandchildren’s games! In addition to sports, Bill enjoys working outdoors with landscaping and gardening.

Bill’s passion is learning and teaching God’s Word. He teaches a Sunday morning adult class and leads a LifeGroup. When it comes to teaching and learning, Bill likes to use every means possible to help folks embrace the Bible, including using new methods with thought-provoking content and breaking with traditions of man. His desire is to be a part of a vibrant body of Christians, where each person uses whatever spiritual gift has been given for the common good. A favorite verse is, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)

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Joe Riley, Elder

Joe has served as an elder since 1982. Following four years of service in the United States Air Force, he attended David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee, then subsequently received a Bachelor’s Degree from Morris Harvey College (University of Charleston). He was employed be the West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highways for 36 years and served as the Director of the Department’s Right of Way Division.

Joe and his wife, Sue, have been active members of the Kanawha City Church of Christ since 1972. He has served as a member of Seven Man Committee, as a Deacon, and as and Elder to the congregation. Joe and Sue have been married for more than 50 years and have two sons, Brian and Michael; and four granddaughters.


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Alex Derenburger, Deacon

Alex and his wife, Debbie, were married in 1993 and they have four children and five grandchildren. He is a former high school chemistry teacher and is now a pharmacist. He loves the WVU Mountaineers and is trying to master the game of golf.




Paul Estep, Deacon

Paul has been a member of Kanawha City Church of Christ congregation for 60 years. He is responsible for maintaining the church building and grounds. Paul is a retired Design Draftsman and an Army/Air Force Veteran. He served six years in the military, three of those were in Germany. Paul and his wife, Ann, have been married for 49 years. He is the father of 4 Christian children, grandfather of 6 girls and three boys, and great-grandfather of 1 girl

Herb Kinder, Deacon

Herbert (Herb) Kinder was born in Peytona, WV. His mother and father were both members of Peytona Church of Christ; his father was a deacon. He attended Sherman High, Center College, Southern West Virginia Community College, and took a real estate class at Morris Harvey (UC). Herb and his wife, Rose, have been married for 38 years. They have one daughter, Bethany, son-in-law, Matt, and two granddaughters, Diana and Michelle. Herb has worked as a junior auditor for the Division of Motor Vehicles, Auto Parts Sales, Real Estate Agent, Furniture Sales, and is currently in sales at Sherwin-Williams Paints. His hobbies include nature walks, small game hunting, skeet shooting, bowling, and traveling. Herb is also a racecar driver in Sports Car Club of America, Drag Racer in NHRA, and will be inducted into West Virginia Drag Racers Hall of Fame on October 8, 2016! His greatest joy is spending time with his granddaughters!

Tom McNeely, Deacon

Tom is married to a wonderful wife, Donna, has two great girls, Lisa and Kara, two beautiful granddaughters, Brooklyn and Aubrey, and a couldn't ask for better son-in-law, David. His favorite church song is ‘Ancient Words.’ Favorite Bible verse is I Chronicles 16:34: "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." This theme is also found in Psalm 100:5, Psalm 106:1 Psalm 107:1 and Psalm 118:1 as well as other books of the Bible. Tom would like for our congregation to live our mission "To know HIM and to make HIM known.” In his spare time, he likes to golf (sometimes) and fish! 


Richard Wagner, Deacon

Richard was born in New York City and grew up in one of New York’s boroughs, Queens. He joined the Navy after high school and served for three years during the Cuban Missile Crisis on the USS Amphion, a repair ship based out of Norfolk, Virginia. His specialty was firefighting and emergency ship repair. After the Navy, he enrolled in what is now New York College of Technology, a part of City University of New York, and earned an AAS degree in Construction Technology. He met his wife, Grace, there. After graduation, he worked three years for an engineering firm and then moved to Eastern Iron Works and worked there until he and Grace moved to West Virginia in 1974. He currently works for West Virginia Steel, a division of Raleigh Mines, as Project Manager.

They have two children, Michael, who is 36, and Matthew, who is 33 and living in Clarksburg. Michael works at Kroger and Matthew works at Highland Hospital.