Reverend Al Schmid, Eldercare Pastor

Al Schmid, our Eldercare Pastor, graduated from Western Illinois University, and after a lifetime career of flying has finally found that there is a special treat to dine on Rhode Island clam chowder and Johnny Cakes. A former US Navy pilot and commercial aviator for more than 54 years, he has found there is nothing like Rhode Island “South County” cuisine anywhere else in the world.

Schmid is a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, and an ordained minister of the First Baptist Church, East Greenwich, RI. He enjoys visiting nursing homes and shut-ins as part of his ministry. The stories he shares are from the devotionals he uses during the visits.
He live in Exeter, RI with his wife Audrey. They both have experienced the “empty nest syndrome” but have one live-in, short haired miniature dachshund named Fenway, who hasn’t yet learned that a dog can change his life style by altering his ego.
Al has published a number of devotions books containing collections of his sermons, memories and short stories – all meant to be a quick read and very thought provoking.

Cathy Allen, Office Manager

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Ruth Burke, Director of Christian Education

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Donna O’Brian, Director of Music

Ms. O’Brien, a recently retired music educator of 26 years in the public school system, has been our Director of Music since 2006. She leads all aspects of our Music ministry, including; playing the organ, piano and flute for Sunday Services, leading the adult choir for music during Sunday Services, the new Youth Choir and children’s Ring ‘n’ Sing; and conducting, and arranging music for, the First Baptist Orchestra. She has a B.M. degree in Music Education from Barrington College and has accrued many graduate credits from various colleges in the US. In addition to the above, Donna is a retired member of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra where she performed as a flute and piccolo player for 25 years.

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John Wolcott, Treasurer

Mr. Wolcott has been our Treasurer since 2008. He is responsible for the bookkeeping and financial records of the Church. John has a B.A. from Brown University and retired as president of Systemetrics in 2012.

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Reverend Harry E. Bronkar, Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Bronkar was a former pastor here at First Baptist Church East Greenwich. He currently resides with his wife Peggy, in North Carolina, but visits Rhode Island often and always shares a good word and a kind gesture.