Church Council 2012-2013
     Email: churchcouncil@firstbaptistjp.org

Moderator: Dave Traggorth
Treasurer: Kerson Belizaire
Clerk: Linda Karpeichik
At-Large: Stacy Hightower
At-Large: Sarah Wilson
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 (for over 20 years) to Lance Laird and mom to Naim, Aidan and Mycah.
Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Pastor for Formation & Justice
     Email: revsekou@firstbaptistjp.org

Raised in the rural Arkansas Delta, Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is a
third generation ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ
(Pentecostal). For close to a decade he served congregations in New
York City. At Judson Memorial Church in New York, he served as a
Senior Community Minister.  He managed a foodpantry, HIV-AIDS, and  a
homeless feeding program as the Social Justice Minister at
Middle Collegiate Church.  He is the former Senior Minister of Lemuel
Haynes Congregational Church (UCC).  As an Ella Baker Fellow at New
York Theological Seminary's Micah Institute, he served as chief
strategist for organizing clergy for economic justice in New York
City.  He published two critically acclaimed collections of essays,
urbansouls (Urban Press, 2001) and Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays
on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy (Campbell and Cannon
Press, 2012). His forthcoming book, Riot Music: Race, Hip Hop, and the
Meaning of the London Riots (Hamilton Books, 2013).

Ms. Lindsay Popper, Student Minister
        Email: lindsaypopper@gmail.com
Lindsay Popper is a 2nd year Masters of Divinity student at Boston University. When done with school, she hopes to pursue a career in ministry, but has no idea what shape that will take. She is from Boston originally, but has also spent much of her life in Kentucky, Illinois, and North Carolina. When she's not studying or working at churches, she grows vegetables, bakes bread, writes poems, and rides her bike. She loves deep-frying things, and recently learned how to drive a tractor.  
Mr. Colin Cushman, Minister of Music
     Email:   colintcushman@gmail.com

Colin is a first year Master of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology and Ministry.  Graduating from Willamette, getting married to Madi, moving to Boston and joining the FBCJP crew has made this a big year!  Colin is a guitarist and worship leader with interest in global music and congregational song.


Mr. Donald Walker, Sexton

Donald is originally from the United Kingdom and now lives in JP with his wife Robbyn. Donald is passionate about all things percussion. He teaches a local youth percussion ensemble,performs with a Scottish Pipe and Drum band that travels the region, 
and is an active member with the drum bugle corps and indoor percussion (WGI). Donald and Robbyn also run a local color guard called Intrigue. 


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