Church Leadership

Rev. Dr. Ross LucasInterim pastor, Rev. Ross Lucas

First Baptist Church is currently seeking a new pastor.

In the interim, we welcome Rev. Dr. Ross Lucas. Rev. Ross was ordained in 1971. He is a Master of Divinity graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Ph.D. graduate of Indiana University. Over the years he has served as a pastor, a missionary to two Kiowa Indian Churches in Oklahoma, a pastoral counselor, and a psychologist. For the last 10 years, he has worked

with churches that are in transition between settled pastors. Most recently, he served as transitional pastor for the First Baptist Church of Hoosick Falls in Hoosick Falls, New York. He has authored two books: “The Greatest Stories Ever … Retold” and “The I.D. Book: Unmasking the Soul and Revealing Your True Mission in Life.”

First Baptist Church is a family-oriented congregation with a strong, stable history of serving God by serving others. As a member of the American Baptist Churches USA, the congregation supports the tenets of faith and mission of the denomination.

This is a diverse church family that endeavors to reach out to those in need. As an accepting, healing faith community, First Baptist offers opportunities for spiritual guidance to all people. In the spirit of Christ, this congregation has a long-standing history of caring for one another — especially in times of need.

Here one will find inspiring worship, a vital program of Christian education and youth ministry, and a strong commitment to mission.


Leadership Structure

Executive Board

The Executive Board meets 10 times annually. Meetings are typically held the third Sunday of the month.

  • Administrative Team: Dan Cabage, Brian Manchester, Jan Watts
  • Christian Education Team: Logan Dodge*, Mary Woodruff and Dorean Johnson
  • Spiritual Life Team: Troy White, Marilynn Fryer, Kenyon Wood
  • Moderator: Dan Dodge
  • Vice Moderator: Nadine Manchester
  • Church Clerk: Emalee Johnson
  • Treasurer: Scott Dodge
  • Bookkeeper: Mary White
  • Tellers: James Stratton and Mary White
  • Chair, Hospitality Committee: Cindy Cummings
  • Chairperson Nominating Committee: Don Freese
  • Chairperson, Staff Relations Committee: Nancy Wagner
  • Chairperson, Endowment Committee: Jim Stratton with Logan Dodge

As an American Baptist congregation, First Baptist practices congregational polity.  Local congregations carry on autonomous ministry with the membership being the final authority on issues of belief and practice.

As an active part of American Baptist Churches of Michigan and American Baptist Churches USA, First Baptist cooperates in mission and ministry with other churches across our region and nation.  Each person’s gifts and faith are important here as a necessary part in being the Body of Christ.