Church Staff

Let us introduce you to our church staff:

The Rev. Mark M. Clinger, Senior Pastor

Mark is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Madison, a position he has held since August 1990.  While Mark’s responsibilities cover a wide range of institutional matters from staff coordination to building and budget, his deepest heart is with face-to-face pastoral care, worship, and spirituality.  While sharing the pulpit with Jason, Mark is our primary preacher.  He loves to teach and lead small groups in exploring spiritual practices.  Mark also gives great attention to the care of those in the hospital, nursing homes, as well as those grieving a lost family member.

Mark moved here from Plymouth Massachusetts where both of his adult children were born.  He has been married to his wife Janet for thirty three years.  He is a graduate of Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in philosophy.  He received his Master of Divinity degree in 1978 from Colgate Rochester Divinity School.  In addition to his fascination with Christian spirituality, Mark also loves nature and being outdoors.

Rev. Mark Clinger

Rev. Mark Clinger

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 is currently pursuing 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

Mark Wurzelbacher, Organist/Accompanist

Mark is a pianist/organist, arranger, accompanist, vocal coach, and music director. He is active in the music theatre community around Madison as a pianist and music director. In the afternoons, he teaches beginning piano lessons in Madison and Oregon. Mark previously acted as the Resident Music Director for Windy City Music Theatre, a theatre company in Chicago that produces shows for youth, adult, and all-ages casts. He holds Bachelor’s Degrees in Organ Performance and Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from UW–Madison.

image of Mark Wurzelbacher

Mark Wurzelbacher

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

Beth Gunshor, Director of Children’s Music and Movement

Beth is our director of children’s music and movement. She has completed coursework in music education at Indiana University and is trained in Musikgarten and Level 1 Orff Schulwerk. She has presented at the state and local level on early childhood music and movement and has served on the board of ECMMA (Early Childhood Music and Movement Association) and FABM (Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians). Beth is married and has three boys; she also works as a speech language therapist in the Madison Metropolitan School District and teaches early childhood music and movements classes as well as group piano lessons.

Beth Gunshor, Director of Children's Music

Beth Gunshor

Julia Voss, Youth Leader

Julia is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who resides in Madison with her husband, Garrett. Julia loves the youth of First Baptist. Growing up at First Baptist, Julia understands the value the Church can have in the lives of young people. She strives to create an environment where each youth is aware of the love their church has for them, in addition to the unconditional love they receive from God.  Julia works as a therapist in the Madison area with a strong emphasis on young adults and working through the challenges that this phase life creates for young people. Julia devoted the early part of her career to working with children and families in the city of Philadelphia. The First Baptist Youth welcome any and all to participate in the activities offered to the youth through our programming at First Baptist..

Julia Mueller, Youth Leader

Julia Mueller

Linda Lindley, Administrative Secretary

Linda grew up in the Madison area.  In her senior year of high school, she viewed a Billy Graham movie.  It was then that the Holy Spirit impressed upon her heart there was a difference between being religious and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Linda has shared her faith helping implement the first chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ on the LaCrosse university campus, working with youth groups, and teaching the Bethel Series.

Linda has a BA in Secondary Education from U.W.-LaCrosse.  Her previous work experience includes work with at-risk students at James Madison Memorial,  adult education at Forest Products Research Society,  Human Resources at CUNA Mutual, Presbyterian Student Ministry on UW campus, and Evangelical Free Church in Sauk City.

Linda is married to Joe.  They count their blessings every day as they cherish their son, his wife, five grandchildren, and extended family.

Linda Lindley

Linda Lindley

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

 

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