Ministry staff

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Rev. David Shirey
Senior Minister

Passionate for pastoral ministry, Rev. Shirey has served growing Disciples congregations in Tennessee, Missouri, North Carolina, Indiana, and Arizona. Most recently, he was called to be founding pastor of Coolwater Christian Church in Scottsdale.

Rev. Shirey is a native of Warren, Ohio, and graduated from Indiana University (B.A. in Religious Studies) and Vanderbilt Divinity School (M.Div). He has served the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in general, regional and congregational ministries.
Rev. and Mrs. Shirey have three children and two grandchildren.

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Rev. Elizabeth King
Minister of Congregational Care

Elizabeth joined the staff at Central in 2011 as the Minister of Pastoral Care after spending two years in hospital chaplaincy (at the VA Medical Center and UK Chandler Hospital). She received her MDiv in 2007 from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She enjoys being with people and feels especially called to be with people through life’s many struggles, joys, and transitions. Elizabeth previously served on the staff of Central Christian as a Resident Minister and is excited to return to congregational ministry.

Elizabeth has a playful little boy named Maxwell. He is an absolute joy in her life. In addition to spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys walking, hiking, reading, and hanging out at coffee shops.

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Mollie Sawyer
Director of Finance and Operations

Mollie is a native of Lexington. Mollie is married to Jim Sawyer and they own Sawyer’s Downtown restaurant.

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Michael Rintamaa
Director of Music

Michael Rintamaa has been the full-time director of music at Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in downtown Lexington since May 1993.  As organist and director, he leads voice and handbell choirs for children, youth, and adults, and has played for hundreds of weddings.  With his church groups, he has conducted and prepared over 18 different major choral works, 13 full length children’s musicals, and commissioned three compositions. His church choirs have appeared on television and radio. The Evans Music Room and Sanctuary of Central Christian Church are popular sites for recitals and concerts by area piano teacher studios and festivals as well as university students and local ensembles.   In 2004, Michael helped to found the Central Music Academy, providing free music lessons to inner city children from underprivileged families.

Michael has a bachelor of music degree in piano performance from Northwestern University, and a master of music degree in organ performance from Emory University. He has an unfinished Ph.D. in music history from the University of Kentucky.  He has taught undergraduate and graduate music courses at UK and Asbury University, as well as guest lectured at Lexington Theological Seminary.  Active as a director and organist in the community, Michael was the founding director of the auditioned community handbell ensemble, Alluring (2002-2008), and directed the Donovan Scholars Chorus at the University of Kentucky (1999-2004).  He served as organist for Temple Adath Israel (1998-2011), for Lexington Theological Seminary (2000-2004), served a term as the Dean of the Lexington Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (1999-2001), and has played with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. Active as an accompanist, Michael has played for and coached many area vocalists, given numerous recitals with area instrumentalists and vocalists, and accompanied many university and local choral ensembles.

Michael can be heard as organist on 3 cds recorded at Central Christian Church by Jim Curnow of Curnow Music, featuring Philip Smith, principal trumpet of the New York Philharmonic: Great Hymns (2000), Great Carols (2003), and More Great Hymns (2004).

Alluring Handbell Ensemble has recorded two cds with Michael Rintamaa directing – a cd of Christmas handbell music and a cd of classic handbell music.

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Dr. Ray Holdren
Marriage Ministry

Ray is on staff as adjunct minister of pastoral counseling. An honors graduate of the University of Charleston in West Virginia, he earned his M.Div. and D. Min. degrees from Lexington Theological Seminary. Ray carries a major responsibility in our marriage ministry. He is a certified trainer of the Prepare/Enrich inventory, which is used throughout premarital sessions with couples. Other certifications include group psychotherapy, marriage counseling, Master in neurolinguistic programming, Chaplain Supervisor in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and Fellow in the Association of Professional Chaplains.

“My marriage to my wife Donna ended with her death after a seventeen year bout with hairy-cell leukemia,” shares Ray. “Our son, Michael, is a teacher at Tate’s Creek High School. Michael and his wife, Brenda, have made me a proud ‘Papa’ with Brad, Stephen and Emily (who was born on my birthday! Hence we have shared ‘Big Bird’ birthday cakes, stiletto birthday cakes – well, you get the picture). I have a great love for people. I enjoy family, social gatherings, music, singing, laughter, reading, the performing arts, fishing, an occasional rock climb, running, pecan pie, rum cake and the ocean.”

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Lynn Gray
Administrative Assistant and Wedding Coordinator

Lynn serves as support staff for David Shirey as well Wedding and Church Calendar Coordinator.
Contact Lynn if you have questions about:

  • The Lily Endowment/Pastoral Residency Program
  • How to book a wedding at Central Christian
  • How to volunteer for many of Central’s Outreach programs
  • The Chimes Newsletter
  • Sunday Morning worship bulletins

Cindy Minor
Financial Secretary

Stacey Chinn
Communications Specialist

Stacey joined Central as part-time staff in December 2016. She is a “Jill of all trades” and has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE).  A professional artist, educator and all-around creative type, Stacey also owns her own studio/gallery, MADE KY, in Lexington’s Distillery District.

To learn more about Stacey, visit: or LinkedIn

Photography Credits

Central Christian Church would like to thank John Lynner Peterson for his gift of photography and time with these portraits.