dan brockway — pastoR
Growing up, my relationship with religion was complicated. My mom served in ministry for over twenty years but the rest of our family wasn't very religious, which means that I grew up both inside and outside of the church. This left me with a deeply-rooted faith in God, an even more deeply-rooted understanding that not everyone shares that faith, and a heart for those who have been hurt by (or otherwise excluded from) the church.
Prior to my call to ministry, I worked in radio and taught drum lessons professionally for four years. I was licensed as a pastor in 2011, ordained in 2014, and have served as a youth pastor, college pastor, and seminary professor. Brockport First Baptist called me to be their pastor in February 2018 and this is my first time as the lead pastor—which means I make a lot of mistakes, but always manage to keep things interesting!
• B.S. in Electronic Media and Music - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
• Master of Divinity - Biblical Theological Seminary (Hatfield, PA)
• Ph.D. in Theology - Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA)
Back to the Future, American History X, The Dark Knight, Office Space, The Wedding Singer
"Worship of God without justice to man is an abomination."
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
Kim Emanuel - MUSIC Director
I have served in music ministry in many Christian denominations, as an organist and choir director. I enjoy working with choirs on a variety of music styles and collaborating together to enhance the worship experience for the congregation through music.
Prior to working at First Baptist, I also taught music in public schools, and particularly enjoyed working with youth as they learn to play instruments together in a band. It is rewarding to see the skill progression from their hard work and their enthusiasm. While I miss my band kids, I now enjoy working with the choirs at First Baptist where there is also a high degree of enthusiasm and rewards as we learn challenging pieces with interesting rhythms and melodies that express an important Christian message.
• B.A. Computer and Information Sciences, SUNY Potsdam
• M.S. Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
• M.A. Music Education, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester
Apollo 13 – I am continually amazed at the miracle of the safe return of those astronauts
"Proceed as if success is inevitable."