Church Staff

Let us introduce you to our church staff:

The Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart, Transitional Minister
Michael Willett Newheart is Professor Emeritus of New Testament Language and Literature at the Howard University School of Divinity, Washington, DC, where he taught for 26 years. After earning his M.Div and PhD at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY (and serving churches in IN and KY), he returned to the Kansas City area to teach at William Jewell College and Central Baptist Theological Seminary (as well as other area institutions) and to serve Baptist churches in MO and KS.  Michael has served as a summer missionary in the Philippines, a career missionary in Costa Rica, lecturer at Friends Theological College in Kenya, and preacher at Saint Peter’s Cathedral in Tanzania.  He is the author of three books: “My Name Is Legion” (Liturgical, 2004), Word and Soul (Liturgical, 2001), and Wisdom Christology in the Fourth Gospel (Mellen, 1992).

Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart

Rev. Dr. Michael Newheart

The Rev. Jason Mack, Minister of Community

In his ministry at First Baptist Jason helps to create a sense of family and belonging among all the members of the church, while at the same time striving to find new ways for the church to reach out into the community to welcome those who all too often feel not welcomed by the church. Jason moved to Madison in April of 2012 from College Park, Maryland, where he was founding and Senior Pastor of New Leaf Church. He holds a Master of Divinity degree in Biblical Studies (Cum Laude) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and a BA in Theater from the University of Washington in Seattle. Jason also helped to create and manage an Emerging Church internship program at Wesley Theological Seminary. Jason is married to Tara and has one son named Ethan; they are the joy of his life.

Rev. Jason Mack

Rev. Jason Mack and his family

Chris Boveroux, Music Director

Conductor and vocalist Chris Boveroux is a recent returnee to Wisconsin, having lived outside his native state for eleven years.  As a conductor, he has premiered several new works by Oregon and Texas composers, guest-conducted several school ensembles at the University of Oregon, served as the Assistant Conductor for the University of North Carolina’s Carolina Choir, and worked as the interim director for the Golf Capital Chorus of Pinehurst, North Carolina.  Most recently, he served as Director of Music for the United Christian Church of Austin.  Chris has sung with the award-winning University of Oregon Chamber choir during their residency with the Oregon Bach Festival, the Conspirare Symphonic Chorus, the Eugene Symphony Chorus, and been a featured soloist for performances of Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Missa in Angustiis.

A native of Appleton, Chris holds a Master in Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Philosophy from Hamilton College, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at UW-Madison.  His performance interests include under-represented and under-performed composers, Renaissance and Baroque music, and new music.

Chris Boveroux

Chris Boveroux

Ji Hyun (Jenny) Yim, Accompanist

A native from Busan, Korea, Ji-Hyun (Jenny) Yim developed a love and passion for music at a young age, which led and continues to lead her through a multitude of challenges, achievements, and accolades. Ms. Yim began her journey as a classical pianist, received a Bachelors degree from Boulder’s College of Music at the University of Colorado under Anne Epperson, then a Master’s degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. Her interests quickly shifted from piano to conducting after witnessing a conductor lead the orchestra while performing on the piano. Along with her interests, her studies shifted towards conducting, which motivated her pursuit of a Masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of North Texas under the advising of David Itkin.

Along with her studies, Ms. Yim has also successfully maintained an active musical career as both a pianist and a conductor. Ms. Yim was recently appointed as the Music Director for Medical Orchestra of University of Wisconsin, started her Doctoral of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from University of Wisconsin-Madison under the tutelage of Maestro Hutchinson, and serving as an Assistant Conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Opera. Ms. Yim believes that musical talents can change one’s life and fill it with joy; believing that music is a universal language, she expresses her feelings without verbal communication.

Ji Hyun (Jenny) Yim

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