We are a team dedicated to God’s work in a changing world. We’re here to help people in Ann Arbor to think higher, feel deeper, and live fully in today’s modern culture.
Rev. Stacey Simpson Duke
Stacey began her ministry as Co-Pastor at First Baptist and Campus Minister for the American Baptist Campus Foundation at the University of Michigan in January 2001.Meet Stacey
Stacey Simpson Duke
Co-Pastor, Campus Minister, and Youth Minister
Stacey began her ministry as Co-Pastor at First Baptist and Campus Minister for the American Baptist Campus Foundation at the University of Michigan in January 2001; in 2011, she also began serving as Youth Minister. Prior to her ministry here, she served as solo pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church of Edison, Georgia; during her tenure there, the church was named as one of 300 excellent Protestant congregations in the nation by a study funded by the Lilly Foundation. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Gospel and Culture from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, and a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Her publications include a chapter in the book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit, several articles in volumes of Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary and Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster/John Knox Press), and numerous essays, articles, and chapters in various other publications. She has been a guest presenter at both church and professional conference, as well as a camp pastor and retreat leader in a variety of settings. Stacey lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Paul and their twin 13 year-old sons. In addition to spending time with her family, Stacey enjoys knitting, spinning (yarn), weaving, writing, and photography.
You can contact Stacey directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Paul Simpson Duke
Paul began his ministry at First Baptist in January 2001, having previously served in pastorates in Missouri and Kentucky.Meet Paul
Paul Simpson Duke
Paul began his ministry at First Baptist in January 2001, having previously served in pastorates in Missouri and Kentucky. Prior to moving to Ann Arbor, Paul was Professor of New Testament, Preaching, and Worship at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, in Atlanta, Georgia. He continues to teach preaching as an adjunct professor. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament and a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. His publications include several articles in three different volumes of Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary and Feasting on the Gospels (Westminster/John Knox Press). He has written several books, including The Parables: A Preaching Commentary (Abingdon Press, 2005), Anguish and the Word: Preaching That Touches Pain, with David N. Duke (Smyth & Helwys, 1992), and Irony in the Fourth Gospel (John Knox Press, 1985). He has also written numerous articles and the texts for several hymns, anthems, and songs. He has been a guest lecturer at various seminaries, universities, colleges, and professional conferences. Paul lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Stacey and their twin 13 year-old sons.
You can contact Paul directly via email: email@example.com
Director of Children’s Ministries
Sanctuary Choir Director
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Director of Children’s Ministries
Xan joined the staff team in early 2017. She has years of experience in the field, as the Director of Children and Family Ministries for nine years at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church and as a Middle School math teacher at Ann Arbor Christian School for five. Xan graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Xan and Kevin have three children – Emmanuel, Asher and Piper. They love to play team sports, knit, kayak, and act for justice together. Xan and Kevin take their role as the primary faith formers in their children’s lives seriously. Xan is passionate about creating time and space for kids to meet with God and about partnering with the parents of First Baptist Church as they guide their children on their faith journeys.
Xan is involved inChildren's Ministry
Shin-Ae Chun has been serving First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor as Organist since 2011, helping the congregation from the three-manual Robert Noehren Organ to praise God in worship. She also accompanies the sanctuary choir and provides worshipful music with instrumentalists. With her experience of being a chorister and of directing Children’s Choirs, and also adult choirs, for many years in the past, she takes her duty of directing the Children’s Choir (2nd-5th grades) preciously. Separately from her responsibilities at church, she runs the Coffee Break Concert Series (October-May) connecting local audiences and professional musicians from all places through variety of music.
Shin-Ae received degrees from the University of Michigan in Organ Performance (DMA) and Harpsichord Performance (MM). She also holds degrees from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, in Nursing Science (BS), Church Music (BM) and Organ Performance (MM). She is a concert organist and harpsichordist represented by Concert Artist Cooperative and has given concerts on festivals and concert series as soloist and with ensembles and orchestras in the U.S, South Korea, Germany, Poland and Romania. She has two organ solo recordings: The Angels Dance and On Cherubim Wings. Music selections from these CDs were featured on Pipedreams, a nationally broadcasted radio station devoted to organ music in the U.S.
For more information, visit www.concertartistcooperative.com/chun16.htm.
Shin-Ae is involved inMusic Ministry
Sanctuary Choir Director
Bonnie Kidd has served as our Sanctuary Choir Director since 2011; prior to that, she was the choir’s soprano section leader for twenty years. Bonnie is Director of Choirs at Tappan Middle School and Co-Director of Choirs at Ann Arbor Huron High School; her middle and high school choirs have consistently received outstanding ratings at both District and State levels. In 2006, she assumed the role of Concert Choir conductor for the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, a community children’s choir. Bonnie trained as an opera singer at the Julliard School and Boston University School for the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music and her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, Bob, their son Sam, a vocal performance student at the University of Michigan (and the choir’s bass section leader), and four beautiful cats.
Bonnie is involved inMusic Ministry
Kat Becker has been with FBC for more than nine years. Prior to that, she spent over 20 years working in the financial industry, including working and living abroad for eight years. As church administrator, Kat wears a lot of different hats at FBC, and can usually be found running around the church buildings, checking up on things.
Kat went to Kenyon College and NYU Stern School of Business. She was co-captain and assistant coach of the Kenyon Women’s Varsity Soccer team. She grew up on Long Island (NY) and eventually made her way to Ann Arbor, by way of London and Paris. She is happy to be in Ann Arbor and close to family. Kat is a loving aunt to three nieces and three nephews. She is an avid reader and loves music, cooking, walking, and needlepoint.
In October 2017, Lee Foley joined our staff as our half-time Facilities Manager. With a deep background in facilities management and maintenance, Lee has worked on a contract basis for a number of years on various church facilities projects. In this newly created-position, Lee is responsible for managing the daily continued operations, maintenance, and safety of our buildings and grounds. As our congregation, programs, and facility-use needs have grown and continue to grow, so has the need for staff resources to support the use of our facilities for ministry within our community. We’re so thrilled to welcome Lee as an integral part of this ministry and of our staff team. He is generally at the church in the mornings, Monday through Friday.