Staff

Senior Minister

Dr. Alber is our Senior Minister at First Baptist. Under his leadership, our church has transitioned from an "old Downtown Church" to a vibrant, mission-centered House of Worship. Prior to coming to Massillon, Dr. Alber was Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church of Albans, West Virginia — Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church of Akron — and Senior Minister at Calvary Baptist Church of...

Director of Administration

Wendy Blanda is our Director of Administration. Wendy has an Associate’s Degree from Stark State College in Office Administration and a diploma from Moody Bible Institute in Adult Biblical Studies along with many years in management and leadership experience. Her spiritual gifts are teaching, faith, and administration. Her calling is "equipping the saints for the work of service and building...

Congregational Care Minister & Adult Ministries

Edd was baptized at First Baptist Church as a youngster.  He attended Washington High School, Canton College, Akron University, American Baptist Churches Lay Pastor Training Program.  He was licensed and ordained into the ministry through First Baptist Church of Massillon. Rev. Edd served as Pastor in Pittsburg, Kansas and Newport, Ohio; and served as Interim Minister in Stow, Ohio and...

Director of Traditional Worship

Tami oversees the worship for our Spirited Traditional Service.  She coordinates all aspects of our Traditional Worship through the video and sound teams, ushers, choir and more.  She has been on staff with First Baptist since 2007. She studied Communications at Eastern Nazarene College. She is a gifted vocalist.  She also works for Kent State Stark as Client Relations Associate.  Her...

Children's Center Director

Loreen Smith is our Children’s Center Director at First Baptist Church. Loreen established our Planting Seeds of Hope Children’s Center in Sept 2003 with only 23 children and has grown the program to over 90 children and has added classrooms and special programs throughout the years to have one of the best Children’s Centers in the area. Loreen started working at the Church in April 2003....

Director of Contemporary Worship

Andrea Long is one of our Assistant Worship Directors. She works with her brother, Eric, to direct the Praise Team as they lead worship in our Contemporary service. She loves to sing for Jesus with our church family, and has been a part of the Praise Team since its beginning. Andrea is married to Brett and they have two son, Caysen and Deacon. Andrea has a Bachelor's degree in Middle Childhood...

Director of Contemporary Worship

Eric is one half of the Contemporary Worship Directors. He and his sister, Andrea, work with an incredible team to create an atmosphere of worship that is led by the Holy Spirit. Since middle-school Eric has been involved in worship in some capacity at FBCM, it is his passion. Eric is a 2014 graduate of the University of Akron, and a 2018 husband to Kristen.

Accompanist

Ruth Myers is a graduate of Fairless High School.  She studied music at Malone College.  Ruth has been employed by Fairless for the past 21 yrs. She accompanies 7 of their choirs including their show choir, Silver Wings.  She has been playing piano for First Baptist Church since 2009. (She also plays for Justus United Methodist Church where she was raised as a child.)  Ruth gives private...

Director of Youth Ministries

Tim Reese is our Youth Director.  After attending Heritage Christian School for K-12, he went on to graduate from Malone University with a Bachelor of the Arts in Business Administration.  For nearly a decade, he ministered to youth as a member of the Christian rock bands AFN (Angst For Nothing) and Catalyst.  In 2008, Tim left the music scene to focus on a calling to pastoral-type teaching. ...

Custodian

Sharon Southall is our Church and Children's Center Custodian.  She keeps our church clean and tidy and in good repair.  She has been a member for over 14 years.  She and her husband Mark were married in 1992. Mark voluneers his time to help Sharon with cleaning and repairs.  Sharon is also our Head Usher for the Contemporary Worship Service and maintains the candy and chips vending machines....

Church Secretary

Lori Wise is our Church Secretary.  As our Church Secretary, she is a key player in our communication process.  She publishes the weekly bulletins, flyers, and the monthly Newsletters along with performing general office duties. Lori and her husband, Justin, were married on October 26, 2002, and they have two children, Eva and Cody.  Lori's hobbies are reading, spending time with her family...

Director of Children's Ministries

As Director of Children's Ministries, Michelle is responsible for ministering to children from nursery up to fifth grade. She is an Ordained Chaplain connected with the International Alliance of Chaplain Corps.  This organization does emergency crisis chaplaincy for natural disasters and other crisis events.  You will find her faith infectious, her smile warming, and her passion for Jesus deep...