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

Linda Karpeichik
Treasurer: Jeannette Quinn & 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.
Jeffrey Spencer, Student Pastor
     Email: jeffrey.spencer@ants.edu

Hello my name is Jeffrey Spencer, I am the new student Pastor at First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain. I am originally from Shiloh Baptist Church, West Medford, Mass. I am a third year student at Andover Newton Seminary. It is my honor and pleasure to fellowship with you. In the name and the love of Jesus the Christ, Amen.
Sean Griffin, Music Minister

Sean is a first year Masters of Divinity Student at Boston University with hopes of becoming an Ordained United Methodist Pastor after seminary. Originally from Michigan, Sean grew up and spent many years involved with the United Methodist Church. Sean graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar and held leadership positions at the Wesley Foundation Campus Church there. Sean is excited to bring his musical and leadership skills to help produce fruitful worship at First Baptist Jamaica Plain.


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

Reyni Merrell is really excited to be working for a church with such a concrete and focused understanding and application of justice. Reyni heard of First Baptist when their mom, Margaret Merrell, began attending in 2014. Reyni uses "they" as personal pronouns and is happy to answer any questions about that. They are a graduate of College of the Atlantic with a bachelor in Human Ecology and they hope to pursue working for justice and liberation with churches and theology.

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