About Our Pastors

john-frenchPastor John French is a graduate of Salem State College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A former public school teacher, he is the pastor of the First Baptist Church for the past 30 years. John is a faculty member of the Selah Program for the training of Spiritual Directors, a ministry of Leadership Transformations Inc. He is married with three grown children and a proud grandfather. John enjoys encouraging Christians to discover their calling in God. When not working John likes to garden, swim, walk and bicycle.




normOur Associate Pastor Norm graduated from Northeastern University, where he studied math and physics intending to teach.He served in the army as an officer, training and working as a liaison to Vietnamese forces during that conflict.

After graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he served as a pastor full time for ten years in a small church. For the last twenty-four years he has served part time as a pastoral associate at 1st Baptist while he worked at day jobs as a craftsman making historical keyboard instruments, and (for the last ten years) as a manufacturing engineer in the semiconductor industry.

Norm is married with three grown children and five grandchildren. He enjoys dabbling in various arts and crafts, reading and being outdoors.