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Meet Our Staff

The ministerial staff of the First Baptist Church in Beverly operate in a Team Ministry, to the fullest extent. The Team Ministry concept is based on the theological principle that all ministries and all persons are of equal value and importance in the eyes of God. In the same way, all ministries and all persons are equally needed in order for the church to function fully and properly.


The model of ministry that Jesus offers us is one of mutuality, partnership, and servanthood. Practically speaking, this means that all the three ministers are on equal footing. All three ministers have been called by the congregation and are accountable and answerable to the congregation. The three ministers share worship leadership, preaching, and all pastoral care concerns as mutually agreed upon.



Our Staff

Ministers:
Rev. Julie Flowers
Rev. Beth Loughhead
Rev. Will Seals

Director of Music:
Dr. Esther Chang Redington

Business Manager:
John Thomson

Office Staff:
Pat Haight
 

Who We Are

Rev. Julie Flowers graduated in 2001 from Wellesley College; she holds a BA in English and Spanish. She received her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School in 2007, where she was a finalist for the prestigious Billings Preaching Prize. Julie has also served as chaplain intern at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton. She is a member of the Beverly Rotary Club, through which she is able to meet with many other community members and to be engaged in active and lively community service, like that practiced and valued by the church. In her free time she enjoys skiing and sailing (depending on the season!), reading, going to local Farmer’s Markets, and spending time with her son, Emmett their dog, Madeline.

Rev. Beth Loughhead joined the staff at First Baptist in August of 1989. Beth served at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre, MA, at Harbor Me (services for battered women) and in the ABCUSA's Department of Ministry with Youth before coming to Beverly. She received her M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School. Beth is married to Dr. James P. Gubbins, who is an Assistant Professor at Salem State University. They love to travel, with their two favorite trips being to China to bring home their daughter, Anna Mei, and to Cambodia to bring home their son, Matthew.


Rev. Will Seals joined the team as an Interim Minister in September 2012. Will resides in Danvers and Wilbraham, MA. He earned his B.A. from Morehouse College and holds an M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Will has served as an intern with the Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. He has also served as Supply Pastor of First Baptist Church, Chelmsford, MA; as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Greenfield, MA; and as Interim Minister of Webster Baptist Church, Webster, NY. Will has also worked at his alma mater, serving as the Director of Student Life at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and has done Clinical Pastoral Education work at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Dr. Esther Chang Redington came to FBC in 1998 and is a native of Korea who grew up in Canada. She received her Masters Degree from Eastman School of Music, and her Doctorate Degree through a fellowship from the University of Illinois. Prior to her work with FBC, she served as a faculty member of the Canadian Institute of Performing Arts, and served several churches as Director of Music. In 1998, Esther won the Royal Canadian College of Organist National Organ Competition. Esther is married to Bruce Redington and they have a son, Ben.


John Thomson serves as Business Manager of FBC. He graduated from Yale College and received his law degree from Harvard Law. John has extensive experience in real estate law and has served on the City of Beverly Planning Board and the Beverly Historical Society Board of Directors. John lives in Beverly with his wife Loyce. Empty nesters, John and his wife Loyce enjoy visiting their son Dave and his wife Laura and their daughter Annsley in their respective Beverly homes.