Pastor: Dorothy Whiston

Dorothy Whiston, D.Min., began as our part-time Interim Pastor in July, 2010 and became permanent Pastor on August 1, 2011.  Dorothy’s Doctorate in Ministry (in Spiritual Direction) is from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, IN.  Dorothy, a long-time spiritual director and volunteer prison chaplain, serves in leadership roles with the local Consultation of Religious Communities (, the local Taize community (www.taizeiniowacityorg), Theology and Peace (, the Colloquium on Violence and Religion ( and the Kairos Restorative Justice Ministries.

Pastoral Associate: Scott Roser

Scott Roser has been with us since August 2015. Scott grew up in the Lutheran Church and earned his Master in Divinity from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Theologically, he now considers himself to be some mixture of Lutheran, Catholic, and Mennonite. He feels right at home in First Baptist, a congregation that includes members from a wide variety of traditions and experiences. Scott’s passions include gardening, sustainable living, intentional communities, and spiritual practices. He lives with his wife Kara, his sons Kevin and Cameron, and three cats.

Music Directors: Yu-Han Kuan (Organ and Piano) and Dr. Chun-Ming (Jimmy) Chen (Choir)

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