The Dalles First Christian Church Staff

First Christian Church Staff

Left to Right: Cheri Thomas, Mike Wilson, Clyde Keizur, Dan Trautman

The staff at First Christian Church has spent many years devoted to the Christian faith. Our pastors enjoy sharing that faith and knowledge with others in our church community. Below is the ministerial line up of God’s faithful servants here at First Christian Church.

Dan Trautman

Senior Minister

Dan was born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho. He was also a long time member at the First Christian Church of Caldwell. Dan graduated from High School at Caldwell, Idaho and went to Puget Sound Christian College where he received a bachelors degree with a major in bible, and a minor in preaching, graduating from PSCC in 1978. Dan has been the Senior Minister (Preaching Minister) at one of our Christian Churches for over 35 years. He is the Senior Minister here at The Dalles First Christian Church. Dan loves to golf, hunt, and cowboy in his spare time.

Mike Wilson

Associate Minister

Born in Eugene Oregon in 1957, Mike graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in 1975 (Home of the “Billies”…a fierce animal), from Northwest Christian College in 1981 and Pacific Christian College in 1996. He came to The Dalles December 1, 1984 after working as a youth minister in Harrisburg, Or. and then at the YMCA in Hanford, Ca. and has been here ever since. He is married to his wife, Karen, and has five children so there is always something exciting happening in family life. Mike serves as the associate minister and fulfills the role of helping support the ministry of the church through teaching, training, developing ministries and organizing special events. Interests include woodworking, golf, hiking, traveling, fishing and hunting.

Clyde Keizur

Outreach Minister

Clyde was born and raised in Hood River, Oregon. He attended school there all the way through graduation from High School. Clyde entered the Navy after graduation and then attended Mount Hood Community College where he graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in Food Processing Technology. He married in 1974 and in 1977 moved to The Dalles to work for Stadelman Fruit Company. Clyde and his wife went to New Tribes Bible School in Jackson, Michigan in 1978 and were with them until 1988, having spent time in the Philippines and as cooks at the Bible School. They returned to The Dalles in 1993, and began attending First Christian Church of The Dalles in December of that year. Clyde began a hospital ministry in 1996 and a jail ministry in 1999. He also started a men’s recovery house in 2004 and a women’s house in 2005. Clyde became a part time minister at First Christian in 2008 and is currently the Minister of Outreach. He is also the minister on duty on Fridays and heads the Friday Night Supper service.

Cheri Thomas


Cheri was born & raised in The Dalles and married her high school sweetheart, Dan Thomas, over 37 years ago. They have 2 adult children that are both married and have given Cheri and Dan 7 grandchildren to spoil. Her daughter & son-in-law, Katie & Greg Cummings, live in The Dalles with their 3 sons. Her son & daughter-in-law, Andrew & Cassandra Thomas, are currently stationed at Ft Wainwright, Alaska and have 4 children. Together Dan & Cheri led several congregations around Oregon before returning to The Dalles in 2005. Cheri has been a church secretary for almost 20 years and has served at First Christian Church since November 2006. Her spare time is divided between the grandkids and scrapbooking things the grandkids do.


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First Christian Church
909 Court Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
Phone: 541-296-6189
Fax: 541-296-1506

Service Times

Friday Service 7:00 pm
Sunday School 9:15 am
Sunday Service 10:30 am