Leadership
Church Council 2017-18
     

Moderator: 
Linda Karpeichik
Treasurer: Jae Quinn
Clerk: Kathryn House
Dorina Abdulah
Ashley Anderson
Frank Dawkins
Scott Fish
Sara Kilroy
Joyce Morin
Tip Sedgewick
Nanette Skiba
Nancy Sweeney
Ruth Vaughan
Jean White

Ex-Officio: Pastor Ashlee Wiest-Laird, Pastor Darrell Hamilton, II

 

Kennia Campbell, Office Manager
     Email: churchoffice@firstbaptistjp.org

Kennia joined the staff at FBCJP in August 2017.  She has over 12 years of office management experience and enjoys supporting her son and daughter in all their activities.  She has a great sense of humor and can also notarize whatever you need.
Sean Griffin, Music Minister, Student Pastor
     Email: sean@firstbaptistjp.org

Sean is a second 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.

 
Rev. Darrell Hamilton, II,
Pastor for Formation & Outreach

     Email:  darrell@firstbaptistjp.org


Rev. Darrell R. Hamilton, II is a graduate of Wake Forest School of Divinity where he attained his Masters of Divinity Degree May 2017. Darrell is originally from Edmond, Oklahoma, and in 2012 received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma. Darrell is impassioned by the ways politics and faith merge together in the Christian theological traditions of justice and liberation. Furthermore, Darrell believes that through the Christian values and ideals of diversity and inclusiveness, advocacy for the vulnerable and marginalized, the Christian tradition has within itself the means necessary to inspire our nation and world toward greater justice and love for all. Therefore, it is necessary that the gospel message and traditions of justice and liberation be taught and proclaimed in order to spread a deeper and fuller appreciation of the power and Spirit of the Christian faith.


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


A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Ashlee studied religion and sociology at Wake Forest University and received my M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1991. For four years, she 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 Ashlee 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, she served as an interim pastor in Allston, MA and as an associate pastor at Seattle First Baptist Church. In September 2003, Ashlee was blessed to be called to pastor the The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain. Over her years as pastor in JP she has overseen the renewal and rebuilding of the congregation and the church building and has encouraged the church to embrace social justice ministries as integral to the gospel message of Jesus.  She is married to Lance Laird and mom to Naim, Aidan and Mycah.
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