Church Council 2015-2016
     Email: churchcouncil@firstbaptistjp.org

Linda Karpeichik
Treasurer: Nancy Sweeney (interim)
Clerk: Kathryn House
At-Large: Scott Fish
At-Large: Ruth Vaughan
Ex-Officio: Pastor Ashlee Wiest-Laird

Rev. Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Pastor
     Email:  pastor@firstbaptistjp.org

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, I studied religion and sociology at Wake Forest University and received my M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991. For four years, I served as the Southern Baptist chaplain at Harvard University and then spent a year working with Sabeel Liberation Theology Center and the Middle East Council of Churches in Jerusalem. In 1998 I completed an S.T.M. degree in religion and society from the Andover Newton Theological School. Having received standing in the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, I served as an interim pastor in Allston, MA and as an associate pastor at Seattle First Baptist Church. In September 2003, I was blessed to be called to pastor the The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain.  I am married to Lance Laird and mom to Naim, Aidan and Mycah.

Reyni Merrell, Office Manager
     Email:  churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org


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