Reverend Edward Bernard, Associate

“If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?” Jer. 12:5

Rev. Ed Bernard grew up in Millbury, MA and attended Holy Name High School in Worcester, MA. He received degrees from Stonehill College, the University of Connecticut, and in 2011, earned an M.A. degree in Urban Ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Center for Urban Ministry (CUME), Boston MA.

He is married to Sherine Besley Bernard of Lucea, Jamaica. God has blessed him with his daughter Jennifer and grandson Jeffrey who reside in Londonderry, NH; with step daughters, Meloney and Kimberly and stepson, Jeremy who live in

Jamaica, W.I., along with their six children.

Rev. Ed was ordained through the American Baptist Churches-USA in 2013 and received Ecclesiastical Endorsement as a chaplain in 2014 following completion of the Clinical Pastoral Education program at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. He has served as an Associate Pastor, as well as a hospital and hospice chaplain.

It is his belief that to more fully understand the Scriptures, they must be put in the context of church history as well as in the context of their times.

Rev. Bernard states that, “Community and health care ministry are my church. Some people were created to preach. I didn’t make the cut. I love what God led me to do.”

Reverend Ulysses BerNard Stroud, Associate

Rev. Ulysses Bernard Stroud was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. He came up through the Dougherty County school system and attended the Albany Area Vocational School where he studied mechanics.

Rev. Stroud is the youngest child of the late Deacon Milton Stroud and Ida Mae Stroud. His early church training is from the Third Kiokee Baptist Church where he began singing in the Youth Choir, went on to the Young Adult Choir and then relocated to Boston, Massachusetts in 1976.

He attended Zion Church Ministries for many years, where he served in numerous roles, such as President of the Men’s Ministry, Facilities Manager and Chief

Apostolic Adjutant of the Covenant Christian Church Alliance.

Rev. Stroud answered his call to ministry in 2004, studied and was mentored by Bishop Robert G. Brown. He received his diploma in Biblical Studies and is about to continue his studies at the Andersonville Theological Seminary in Georgia.

He is the father of Taiesha R. Stroud and Kimberly Candelora Broderwich. He has 4 grandchildren, Cherai, Jamaurie, Chyle’ and Jean.

Currently, Rev. Stroud is an Associate Minister at the First Baptist Church, Saugus, MA where he serves as President of the Pastor’s Assistants Ministry. His favorite Scripture can be found in the Old Testament,”Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8.

Rev. Stroud says that he is a man of few words and a “convict for Christ” because he’s wrapped up, tied up and tangled up in Christ.

Minister Letitia Stroud, Associate

Min. Letitia Denise Stroud is an Associate Minister at First Baptist Church in Saugus. She was born in Albany, GA, graduated from Monroe High School, and attended Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, MA.

She currently serves as the Superintendent of Sunday School and is active in the Women’s Fellowship Ministry.

Min. Stroud has two sons, Jarrelle Stroud of Albany, GA, married to Elizabeth and Bernaco Stroud of Malden, MA, married to Olympia. She has six grandchildren; Jarrelle’, Brandon, Bernard, Dezire’, Tishida and Aja.

There are many scriptures that she loves, but the one that is always in her heart is Psalm 27.“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life of whom shall I be afraid?”One question she would like to ask all, “What do you want out of life?” Her answer is that when God is your top priority you will never be disappointed.

Minister Robyn Monique Mars, Associate

Minister Robyn Monique Mars is an Associate Minister at First Baptist Church (FBC). God has allowed her to serve as the past President of the Youth Ministry, and to be active in the Evangelism Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Senior Choir and Praise Team. God has also euipped her to teach Sunday School and serve as the FBC website developer and FaceBook Manager.

Throughout the years, the Lord has blessed Minister Mars to teach Sunday School for all ages and to participate in many conferences, workshops and seminars.

The Lord has also blessed her with two daughters, Chantalle and Chandra, and

three grandchildren, Cherai, Jamaurie and Chyle’. She was born to Billy Sunday and Shirley Laura (Hayes) Mars and raised in Malden, Massachusetts where she currently resides. Minister Mars attended the Katharine Gibbs School, Northeastern University, Cambridge College and is currently studying at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. She has been blessed to be employed at the Boston Children’s Hospital where she serves as a Sr. Administrative Associate.

Minister Mars serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the United Baptust Convention of MA, NH & RI and as the Web Developer for the Baptist Minsters Conference of Boston & Vicinity. In recent years, Minister Mars has served on the Board of Directors for Ruth’s Way for Women as Secretary and Website Developer.

Minister Mars has a heart for women who are alone and who struggle with addiction. “And Jesus said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34

She states that, “This life has not been easy but it has been blessed. Blessed because I have overcome many obstacles with the help of my Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.”

There are many Scriptures that touch her heart but the ones that stand out are: Psalm 40, Romans 5 and Philippians 4:13 “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)

The Late Rev. Alexander William Thompson, Sr.

On Sunday, July 24, 2016, the world lost a great man of God, Rev. Alexander Thompson. We have lost but God has gained.

We will always have “JOY,” because that is the word that Rev. Thompson would shout from the pulpit on many a Sunday. And that is how we will remember him. As an encourager, an evangelist, a veteran, a story teller, a man who loved to dress, a man of great wisdom, a man who cherished his wife and loved his family, a man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. But most of all A MAN OF GOD who frequently quoted Proverbs 3:5-6 to us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

Services for Rev. Thompson were held here at the First Baptist Church on Thursday, July 28, 2016 and he was laid to rest in his hometown in Pennsylvania.

Rev. Thompson was born and raised in Pennsylvania and graduated from Ridley Township High School. He furthered his education at Ridley Vocational School of Carpentry and became a licensed Tailor at Crafts Tailoring School in Philadelphia. Rev. Thompson continued theological training with New Hope Baptist Association Bible Institute in Pennsylvania.

Rev. Thompson was the son of the late Rev. Elijah Thompson, Sr. and the father of six children, five daughters and one son; twenty-five grandchildren and three great granchildren. After being widowed for several years he remarried Lolithea Dudley, the daughter of the late Rev. Isaac Mitchell, Jr. and the widow of the late Deacon Ernest Dudley, Jr. and is the step-father of two children, one son and one daughter.

Rev. Thompson was ordained to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 1976 through the New Hope Baptist Association in Darby, PA. He was Associate Pastor at the First African Baptist Church from 1977-2002. He was Associate Minister at First Baptist Church in Saugus, MA from 2002-2006; he served as an Elder of the Covenant Christian Church Alliance, Everett, MA, and as an Associate Minister at Zion Church Ministries, Everett, MA. He was a member and treasurer of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater Boston and Vicinity, and in his last days he served faithfully as an Associate Minister at the First Baptist Church, Saugus, MA.

Rev. Thompson was a born again Christian who loved to preach the Word and serve the Lord. His favorite Scripture was Proverbs 3:5-6 ““Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.