Dick Jumper


Rev. Richard (Dick) Jumper came to serve as pastor to the Pontiac First Christian Church in October 2014. He is a Commissioned Minister in the Christian Church (DoC). Prior to that he served the Flanagan and Long Point Christian Churches for 10 years. He was born in St Louis (so that makes him a Cardinals fan) and he moved to Virginia and Pawnee, Illinois as a child but graduated from Bloomington High School. He joined the Marines in 1965-1969. He was employed by GTE/Verizon until 1999 then he entered the ministry. He graduated from Illinois State University and attends either Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky or Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, yearly, to continue his education.

Dick may be a Cardinal fan during the summer but is a “cheese-head” (Green Bay) Packer fan during the winter. (His sermons may be shorter when the Packers are playing the Chicago Bears) He is an amateur radio operator (ham) and licensed by the F.C.C. as WB9CEB. He is a magician and may sometimes use magic or balloons in his children’s time during worship service.

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History of First Christian Church Pontiac

As early as 1854, Rev. Washington Houston, a pioneer preacher of the Christian Disciple Church, preaches in Pontiac, and organized a society of this denomination, about a year later.

The primary organization consisted of John Powell, William Perry, Dr. J. M. Perry, Wilson, Hall, Robert Sample and their wives.

Irregular services were held in the Court House and in the school house located on the bank of the Vermilion River where the jail is now located. Baptisms were held in the river. In 1865 the Disciples united with another denomination of Christians, an offshoot of the Disciples, sometimes called “New Lights,”[…]

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