First Baptist Church Staff

  • Rev. Karen Mendes - Pastor
  • Marie Morton - Administrative Assistant
  • Steve Perkins - Director of Music
  • Adam Schneider - Organist
  • Open Position - Chancel Choir Director
  • Children’s Choir Director - Open Position
  • Keenan Handbell - Director
  • Steve Perkins - Instrumental Group Director
  • Chris Brault - Sexton

Officers of First Baptist

  • Sarah Dopp - Moderator
  • Mark Paulsen - Assistant Moderator
  • Mary Swasey - Clerk
  • Beth Gamache - Assistant Clerk
  • Frank Swasey - Treasurer
  • Erin Allard - Assistant Treasurer
  • Ginger Calder - Financial Secretary
  • Barbara Farrington - Asst. Financial Secretary
  • Sarah Dopp - Historian
  • Andy Farrington - Parliamentarian

Green Steeple, Great People, Growing In Faith, Proclaiming God's Love

Our Pastor


While out in Portland at the ABC Biennial meeting, I picked up a wonderful book entitled Grounded by Diana Butler Bass. The book’s subtitle is Finding God in the World; A Spiritual Revolution and it challenged, inspired, and comforted me as I thought about our ministries together and about the role of church in our increasingly secular world.

Our nation is in the midst of great change and upheaval. Long simmering issues of race, class, and gender have burst out requiring honest and hard discussions. As a faith community we have the opportunity to model inclusivity and welcome. We may not agree on everything but we can speak the truth in love to each other. We affirm that God loves everybody and that Jesus calls us to care for our neighbor as ourselves.

Our church is in the midst of change. We are working to update our church governance structure to be more flexible and more ministry focused. Our staff has changed as we reconsider our programmatic needs and as we welcome Rachael Haar as our new Children’s Choir Director. In the next year, our building will change as we remodel the kitchen and update Fellowship Hall.

In the midst of change we remain grounded in God’s love. No matter what swirls around us; hurricanes, political rhetoric, or personal upheavals, God’s unchanging power, grace, and love undergirds and sustains us.

In this newsletter are many opportunities for new and returning programs and ministries, including a discussion of Grounded.

It is a great blessing to be in ministry with you.

Yours in Christ,

– Rev. Karen A. Mendes