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. Currently, Rev. Stroud is Interim Pastor at Lily of the Valley Church in Roxbury, MA and 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.

Reverend Letitia Stroud, Associate

Rev. 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.

Rev. 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.

Reverend Robyn Monique Mars, Associate

Rev. Robyn Monique Mars is an Associate Minister at the First Baptist Church in Saugus where the Pastor is Reverend Leroy Mahoney.  She is currently serving as the Interim Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Littleton, MA.

At the First Baptist Church, Rev. Mars has served as Trustee, President of the Youth Ministry and as a member of the Evangelism Ministry. Currently she serves as President of the Media Ministry, handling the website and social media. She has also taught Sunday School and Bible Study and is active in the Senior Choir and the Praise Team.

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

Additionally, Rev. 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 Website Editor for the United Baptist Convention of MA, NH & RI (UBC) and as Web Developer for the Baptist Minsters Conference of Boston & Vicinity (BMC).

Rev. Mars 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 full time at the Boston Children’s Hospital where she serves as Administrative Coordinator in the Department of Radiology and she works part-time as the Communications Coordinator for The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM).

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.

Rev. 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

Rev. 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)

Reverend Maria Barron, Associate

Rev. Barron is an Associate Minister here at First Baptist Church (FBC). While at FBC she has served in many different areas, such as the Women’s Ministry President, Usher Ministry President, Senior Choir Director, Youth and Young Adult Choir Director, Sunday School Teacher, FBC Treasurer and President of the Senior Choir.

Rev. Barron is a true woman of God willing to step in wherever she may be needed to enhance any ministry in need of assistance.

Minister Ernest Dudley IV, Associate

Minister Dudley is an Associate Minister here at First Baptist Church (FBC).