Charles was called to First Baptist Church in 2011. In addition to his responsibilities as the Senior Pastor, he also writes Sunday school literature for BaptistWay Press and has written devotional material for Smyth and Helwys. His favorite activities include reading, writing, skiing, hiking, going to the beach, and anything that involves spending time with his family. Charles and his wife Lisa Dawn, have three children, Kaitlin, Jonathan and Jack.
Cindy Johnson is the Associate Pastor at FBC. Cindy works with the children, youth and adults in a number of educational, worship and outreach ministries. Cindy’s background in theatre education has inspired her to direct a number of theatrical productions at FBC including The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Tree and Me, Peace in the Kingdom, and WJOY Live. Cindy is the proud and grateful mother of three mostly grown children. When not at the church, she can be found in the woods with her golden retriever, cross country skiing, in her backyard gardening or in her barn stacking wood!
David Chaves was raised in Queens, NY, where his father served as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of East Williamsburgh for many years. He received his B.A. in music theory and composition from Long Island University. David and his wife, Cindy, live in Sunapee, where they raised their five children.
David has served as Director of Music for several churches in the local area over the last 25 years; fourteen years with St. Patrick’s Parish of Newport and Sunapee; and most recently with the First Congregational Church of Walpole, NH. He also is the Director of Music for The Area Choir and is a faculty member of the Upper Valley Music Center. He directs and accompanies several music and instrumental programs throughout the area; including Jenkins School of Dance, Colby-Sawyer College; Lebanon and Sunapee Schools; and High Holy Days for the Shir Shalom Synagogue in Woodstock, VT.
Stephanie grew up in Penacook, NH and has worked at First Baptist Church since December, 1997
Before working at First Baptist Church, she graduated from Burdett Secretarial School, and worked as a legal secretary.
Stephanie and her daughter, Nicole currently live in Andover.
Kit and her husband, Bill, moved to New London in 1998 from North Carolina. Both growing up in New England, their love for being raised in a small town and being near the mountains is what pulled the Ross family back to New Hampshire; Kit is a native Vermonter and Bill grew up in southern New Hampshire. They bought a home in New London where they raised their two children, Drew and Brittany. Kit started working at First Baptist Church in 1999. She and Bill are both very active in church ministries including youth programs, Sunday school, and the local Boy Scout troop.