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Rev. Brandon Johnson

Pastor

My name is Brandon and I recently joined First Christian Church after serving churches in Oklahoma and New Mexico. I was, born and raised in Iowa, but love living in Southern California. I received a BA in Religion and History from Transylvania University and a Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School. I look forward to working with FCC Burbank to strengthen our partnerships with community-based organizations, while affirming God’s universal love. When I’m not at church you will find me running, hiking, or traveling.

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Janine Kilmer

Office Administrator & Wedding Coordinator

I’m Janine, the Office Administrator & Wedding Coordinator for FCCB. In addition to  my work with FCCB, I also manage the office for a UCC church in Northridge and freelance as an event planner and database manager. I have a passion for event planning, traveling, wine, cooking, outdoors and music.

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Justin Kilmer

Sound Technician

Howdy! I’m Justin, the Sound Tech at FCCB. I hold a degree in Mass Comm./Broadcasting and a certificate in Recording Engineering and Music Production. During the week, I work as a TV Producer, and my hobbies include photography and exploring the world.

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Britt Kusserow

Music Director

I'm Britt Kusserow and I am the Music Director at First Christian Church Burbank.  I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, with a specialization in LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy from Antioch University Los Angeles.  Music, in particular worship music, is of great importance to me.  I grew up in an affirming and welcoming church environment in Indiana, which in no small part led me to work for several years as an openly gay youth minister directing (cat herding) a youth band as part of my day-to-day.  Here at FCC I lead worship by incorporating theologically progressive music from diverse voices into our services.  Additionally, I work with our fantastic leadership team to continue to advance our social justice and community offerings and outreach.

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Marina Melikian

Worship Pianist/Service Accompanist

I am Marina Melikian, the Worship Pianist at FCCB. I have attended FCCB since 2009 and my 2 daughters grew up in the Sunday School. I was born and raised in Armenia in a family of pianists. I graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory and hold a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance and Composition. Besides my work as Service Accompanist at FCCB, I work as a Music and Piano Teacher at Victory Montessori Schools. During my leisure time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with family and friends, cooking and inviting people to our house for dinner.

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Nellie Rafaelian

Sunday School Teacher

I am Nellie Rafaelian and I work with the kids in Sunday School! I grew up in this church as a little girl in 2009. I am grateful to have the opportunity to teach the children about the Bible in Sunday School every week! I am currently attending college to pursue my studies in Anthropology to become a Lawyer. I am responsible, diligent, and strive to be the best version of myself. I enjoy traveling, dancing, eating good food, and spending quality time with my friends and family.