Leadership

Executive Board and Ministry Teams

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

  • Administrative Team: Dan Cabage, Steve Claar, Scott Dodge
  • Christian Education Team: Logan Dodge, Emily Hughey, Dorean Johnson
  • Spiritual Life Team: Brian Manchester, Bridget Holder, Kenyon Wood
  • Moderator: Nadine Manchester
  • Vice Moderator: Vicki Topa
  • Church Clerks: Sherry Dodge, Mary White
  • Treasurer: Troy White
  • Bookkeeper: Mary White
  • Hospitality Committee: Cindy & Russ Cummings, Steve & Sheila Claar, Dan Dodge and Emily Hughey, Letha & Ken Elliott, Pat Raby, Maxine Shepherd, Mary Woodruff, Nolan Hughey
  • Nominating Committee: Don Freese, Jim Stratton, Mary Woodruff
  • Staff Relations Committee: Marilynn Fryer, Richard Raby, Sheila Claar
  • 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.