Rev. Lynn Uzans, became our Transition Minister on January 1, 2016. Lynn is an Anglican Minister. With additional background and experience in Community Development, Social Work and Adult Education, Lynn has made nurturing healthy, vital congregations and leaders an integral part of her ministry. Now retired from full-time congregational ministry, Lynn is currently serving part-time as Vocations Coordinator for the Diocese of NS and PEI. She has been married for 42 years and has two grown daughters, one an Anglican clergy and the other in medical school.
Known for her gifts of discernment and storytelling, Lynn has a profound love of scripture that she feels encourages a deeper engagement with the epic stories and writings contained in both the Old and New Testaments. She likes to develop liturgy and rituals that incorporate tradition, mystery, challenge and encouragement. An experienced facilitator and teacher, Lynn has served locally and nationally in initiatives to nurture the growth of healthy congregations.
Minister of Faith Development
Rev. Jenny Drewitz became the Minister of Faith Development on September 1, 2014. Jenny has a Bachelor of Religious Education from Emmanuel Bible College in Kitchener with a focus on Christian education and children’s ministry. She studied Christian Education at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia, before returning to Canada to earn her Master of Divinity degree (with a focus on Christian education and pastoral care) from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Jenny served for two years as the interim pastor of Christian Education and Formation Ministry at Erb Street Mennonite Church in Waterloo. She completed a yearlong residency certificate program in Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario. Jenny was ordained at First Baptist Church in October 2015.
Minister of Visitation
Director of Music
Lynette Wahlstrom joined our staff as Director of Music in July 2009. Lynette has led the FBC Senior Choir in major choral works by Dvorak, Brahms, Faure as well as anthems ranging from Rennaissance to modern choral literature. The Congregation at First Baptist commissioned an original composition by Halifax-born composer Cy Giacomin entitled “Ye Shall Live”. This commissioned work was presented on Easter Sunday, 2010, for the 60th Anniversary of the opening of the current Church building. Lynette also directs the Men’s Choir “Men Without Jackets”, the Children’s Choirs – “Songsters” and “Marshmallow”.
Ms. Wahlstrom’s credentials include a Bachelor of Music from Brandon University, a Licentiate in Piano Performance from McGill University, a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Montreal, as well as a Master of Music in Piano Accompaniment from McGill University. She previously has been the Music Director/Organist at Beaconsfield United Church, Westmount Park United Church and St. Clement’s Anglican Church, Verdun and as a member of Dalhousie University’s Department of Music as Collaborative Pianist. She currently accompanies the Halifax Camerata Choir in addition to her duties here at First Baptist.
Chip Murray is our custodian. Chip is part-time, Monday – Friday, from 7:30am-11:30am.