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.
The Church Council serves as a place and a forum for representatives from all of the church’s Committees and Boards to come together along with staff and the Moderator and Church Clerk to do long-term planning, focus on ideas about church growth, to do some work with the budget process, and to help implement ideas that come from the church at large, as well as to send ideas along for the consideration of the wider congregational body at the Mid-Year and Annual Meetings.
Reverend Julie Flowers (she, her, hers) 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 Farmers’ Markets, and spending time with her son, Emmett, and their dog, Genevieve.
Rev. Kent Harrop (he/him/his) joined FBC’s staff in May 2014. For the previous 20 years he was pastor of First Baptist Church in McMinnville, Oregon. In 2013 he was named Ecumenical Leader of the Year by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon . In 2013 he completed a two year program in Contemplative Leadership through the Shalem Institute in Washington, DC. He received his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 1983. Kent is a native of Rhode Island and avid member of Red Sox Nation. He is married to Tricia and they have two adult daughters, Lindsay, who lives and works in Los Angeles, and Katelyn, who recently graduated from Ithaca College, NY. For fun he likes to kayak year round, run (slow and steady), backpack and ski. Kent writes a weekly blog on the spiritual life for people within and outside the church http://greenpreacher.wordpress.com In addition, he writes a weekly blog with his friend Joe who is an atheist. Their desire is to show that people with differences can be in respectful dialogue and remain friends, https://thehereticandtheholyman.wordpress.com
Dr. Esther Chang (she, her, hers) came to FBC in 1998 and is a native of Korea who grew up in Canada. She received her Master’s 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 lives in Beverly with her son, Ben.
John Thomson (he/him/his) 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. As empty nesters, John and his wife Loyce enjoy spending time with their children and granddaughter who still live locally, travelling, and playing in the church’s bell choirs.
Rev. Jaimie D. Crumley (she, her, hers) is a 2012 graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in International Relations (History) and Religion. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School in 2015 and her Master of Sacred Theology (also from Yale) in 2016. At Yale, she was awarded the Mersick Prize for effective public address. Jaimie was a 2016 fellow with the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Gender Studies at UCLA. She is currently working on her dissertation about free, black Christian women’s political witness in nineteenth-century Boston, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C. An experienced blogger and podcast host, Jaimie enjoys using the internet to enhance the mission and ministry of The Church. She also loves working with children and youth as they explore their faith. Jaimie lives in Inglewood, California with her husband, Luke Hardman, their cats Amber and Riker and their newly adopted pup, Malia.