Pastor Stephen Todd, our senior pastor, is the newest member of our pastoral team, having just started March 15, 2020. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, his family emigrated to Canada in 1967 and moved to the Chicopee area of Kitchener in 1972. Steve graduated from Eastwood Collegiate Institute, Kitchener, class of ‘82. He is a graduate of London Baptist Bible College and Seminary with both a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Divinity. He is also a graduate of Detroit Baptist Seminary with a Master of Theology and from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry. Steve brings 32 years of pastoral experience to his ministry at First.
This year will mark the 35th wedding anniversary to his dear wife Marlene. Steve is also blessed with two children: His son David with wife Kyla and granddaughter Olivia and his daughter Melissa.
William Carey is the spiritual leader after whom Steve models his ministry. Carey, the father of modern missions, when asked what talent he could bring to such a task simply answered, “I can plod.” While that does not in any way sound glamourous in today’s world, it represents the model of faithfulness in the little things that characterize loyalty to Christ. As a steward of Jesus, Steve believes the chief requirement is that a person be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2).
Andy Carducci has been part of the pastoral team of First Baptist Church in Waterloo, ON, since 2012, serving as an associate pastor. He was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and raised in a loving home with an Italian Roman Catholic background. He is a graduate of New Brunswick Bible Institute's Three-Year Program, as well as their Fourth-Year Advanced Biblical Ministry Program, where he received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Covington Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife Michelle in Waterloo, ON and they have been blessed with two wonderful sons: Samuel, who is 18, and Jacob, who is 15.
He believes that the purpose of the local church is to glorify God by obeying the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. As a pastor, he feels his role is to equip the Saints with Biblical instruction so they can properly mature in Christ, become equipped to make disciples, and be ready for the Lord’s return!
Pastor Paul joined the pastoral team as Associate Pastor in December of 2018. He was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Korean Bible University, as well as a Master of Divinity from Heritage Theological Seminary. He was a Youth Pastor in several Korean churches in Vancouver, Hamilton, and Waterloo from 2000 to 2014, mentoring and discipling youth to mature in their Christian life. He and his wife Kristine have three children; Joel, Joanne, and Jane.
His primary area of responsibility at First Baptist Church is pastoring our Korean Ministry. His vision for the Korean Ministry is to build up a church that is full of the grace of God, devoted to evangelism, and growing in the Christian faith through discipleship, fellowship, and showing love and care for one another.
Cathy joined our staff team in August of 2019. She oversees all ministries relating to children aged 2 to age 12.
Cathy grew up in the state of Maine. She attended New Brunswick Bible Institute for three years. At NBBI, she met and later married her husband, Terry. They have one daughter, Brianna who attends NBBI. Cathy has spent over thirty years in children’s ministries. She has been involved with children’s ministries in the local church, on a short–term missions trip, and in camp ministries.
Having accepted Christ as her personal Saviour at a young age, she believes children need to learn of God’s love while they are young. She sees children as an important part of the church family.
Jennifer has worked in the office at First Baptist Church since 2009. She also facilitates the Ladies’ Morning Bible Study at FBC, and helps to teach the JK/SK “Gophers” group on Wednesday nights. Jennifer enjoys trying new recipes, listening to worship music, coffee, ladies’ ministry and studying God’s Word. She is married to Kevin and has two daughters; one in college and one in high school.
Jaramie Van Der Linde has been working at First Baptist Church since August of 2015. Formerly, she interned at Word Of Life Fellowship in the Media/Tech Department. She is a youth leader in our APEX Youth Ministry and is involved with various other ministries in the church. She is married to Marcel and both are involved in various areas of ministry at First Baptist Church.