Church Staff

Let us introduce you to our church staff:

The Rev. Tim Schaefer, Pastor

Tim Schaefer has served as pastor of First Baptist Church since November 2020. Prior to relocating to Wisconsin, he served as Minister to Youth at Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, where he was ordained in early 2019. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston University and a Master of Divinity degree, as well as, a degree certificate in Gender and Sexual Justice from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University.

Tim and his husband, John Duncan, reside in Verona with their two rescue dogs, Dolce and Makea. In their free time, they enjoy baking, reading, and traveling together.

Rev. Tim Schaefer

Katrina Welborn, Director of Music and Worship Arts

Katrina joined us as our director of music and Worship Arts in August 2021. Katrina holds an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Portland (Oregon) and a Master’s degree in choral conducting from Indiana State University. She is a soprano with extensive performance and choir experience, teaches conducting on-line, and loves all kinds of music. Formerly, she was  full-time Director of Music and Worship for Stelle Maria Catholic parishes in Door County, Wisconsin. She is pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling at UW-Madison.

Katrina Welborn

Matt DeBlass,  Musician

Matt DeBlass

Kelsey Miles,  Musician

Kelsey Miles

Ann Nelson, Handbell Choir Director

Ann is the Handbell Director at First Baptist Church.  As the director, she expects the members to be inspired and devoted to making beautiful music for the glory of God, and God’s people.  Her background includes a Bachelor of Music Ed. from the Univ.of Wisconsin  Madison,and graduate studies at Edgewood College, Vandercook School of Music, and countless other classes and workshops.  She taught elementary music for five years in Monroe, and Lodi respectively.  She was the Children’s Choir director at First Baptist for 25 years.  Ann taught at Edgewood High School for many years, teaching Choirs, Piano Classes and Handbell Choirs. Ann is a member of the Edgewood High School Fine Arts Hall of Fame.

Ann Nelson

Ann Nelson

Blanca Salazar James, Administrative Secretary

Blanca Salazar James

Nancy Moore, Bookkeeper

Nancy has been the church bookkeeper since mid-2011.  Before that, she was treasurer of the First Baptist Church of White Plains, NY, from the mid-1990s thru June 2009, financial secretary there for most of the time from 1975 thru June 2009, and treasurer of the church’s Child Care Center from 1981 to 1991 (its entire existence).  She retired from Verizon in 2002, where she worked on the billing system for New York Telephone.  She sponsors five children around the world through ChildFund International; her hobbies include birdwatching, stamp collecting, and genealogy.

Nancy Moore

Nancy Moore