First Baptist Church Staff

  • Rev. Karen Mendes - Pastor
  • Pastor Thee Say - Karen Baptist Community Pastor
  • Annie Field - Director of Christian Education
  • Adam Chamberlain - Church Administrator
  • Evan Allen - Organist
  • Anna Roy - Chancel Choir Director
  • Steve Perkins - Instrumental Group Director
  • The Karen Baptist Community

Officers of First Baptist

  • Sarah Dopp - Moderator
  • Mark Paulsen - Assistant Moderator
  • Cindy Little - Clerk
  • Beth Gamache - Assistant Clerk
  • Chris Thompson - Treasurer
  • Bill McCormick - Assistant Treasurer
  • Marilyn Siple - Financial Secretary
  • Sarah Dopp - Historian
  • Andy Farrington - Parliamentarian

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Our Staff

Rev. Karen Mendes – Pastor

A graduate of Middlebury College and Andover Newton Theological School, Rev. Karen A. Mendes was ordained in 1996. She was called to First Baptist Church, Burlington as their Interim Pastor in September of 2012 and was installed as their Pastor in May of 2014. Rev. Mendes lives in Essex Junction, Vermont with her husband and two children.

Pastor Thee Say – Karen Baptist Community Pastor


Annie Field – Director of Christian Education

Marie Morton – Assistant Financial Secretary

Marie joined First Baptist Church in February 2007 and became the church office Administrative Assistant in January 2012. She previously worked in an elementary school office as an administrative assistance for 28 years.
In her spare time, Marie enjoys being actively involved in the Order of the Eastern Star for over 35 years.  She also enjoys reading, gardening, playing cards, dancing, taking long walks and exercising at the gym.

Evan Allen – Organist


Anna Roy – Chancel Choir Director


Steve Perkins – Instrumental Ensemble Director

Steve holds a B.S. in Music Education from the University of Maine, Orono and a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Michael’s College.  Most of his career was teaching instrumental and orchestral music in public schools.  The later years found him as a high school principal and then a superintendent of schools. Enjoyment is still found making music with his friends and tending to the Shetland Sheep farm in Williston with his wife Brenda. Retirement is wonderful!

The Karen Baptist Community – Sexton