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.”
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. 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.
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 is an Associate Minister at the First Baptist Church in Saugus where the Pastor is Reverend Leroy Mahoney. She also works as the Communications Coordinator for The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM).
At the First Baptist Church, Min. Mars has served as the President of the Youth Ministry and as a member of the Evangelism Ministry. Currently she serves as Trustee and as President of the Media Ministry, handling such things as the newsletter, website and social media. She also teaches Sunday School and Bible Study and is active in the Women’s Ministry, the Senior Choir and the Praise Team.
Throughout the years, the Lord has blessed Minister Mars to teach Sunday School and Bible Study for all ages and to participate in many conferences, workshops and seminars.
Additionally, Minister Mars has volunteered at Hagar’s Sisters, a non-profit, faith-based, Domestic Violence organization, that offers holistic services that empower women to find healing and a new healthy way of life that is free from abuse. She has served on the Board of Directors for Ruth’s Way for Women as Secretary and Website Developer. She currently serves as the Recording Secretary for the United Baptist Convention of MA, NH & RI (UBC) and she serves as Web Developer and Corresponding Secretary for the Baptist Minsters Conference of Boston & Vicinity (BMC).
Minister Mars recently graduated from the TABCOM School of Ministry and has attended the Katharine Gibbs School, Northeastern University, Cambridge College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, MA. She has been blessed to be employed at the Boston Children’s Hospital where she serves as Executive Assistant in the Division of Gynecology.
The Lord has blessed her with two daughters, Chantalle and Chandra, and six grandchildren, Cherai, Jamaurie, Chyle’, Michael, Jasmina and Michaela. She was born and raised in Malden, Massachusetts where she currently resides.
Minister Mars has a heart for women who are alone and who struggle with addiction and Domestic Violence because she has been there herself but she heard Jesus say, “…Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:34
Min. Mars states that, “This life has not been easy but it has been blessed. Blessed because I have overcome many obstacles and addictions with the help of my Lord and 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)