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."
Jeannine Waldow - office administrator
Growing up in the Christian faith has given me a solid foundation to not only continue in my faith journey, but also has helped to mold me into the person I am today. I was fortunate to have been able to be a stay at home mom to my 3 children and to see them transform into independent, compassionate, determined and capable, adults has been my biggest and best accomplishment in life.
As I have ventured from a stay at home mom to the working world, I have worn many hats, including being a pre-school teacher. As the newest staff member here at Brockport First Baptist, I am thankful to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and abilities in this new job. In my spare time, I love to visit with my children, bake (especially cookies), read, work on jig saw puzzles, and do a variety of crafts. My faith in God, has given me the courage to venture into areas of life that I never dreamed possible, and am so very thankful for all of these amazing opportunities.
• A.S. Computer Technology, ECC South
Sleepless in Seattle, The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, Any Disney movie
“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”
- A.A. Milne