Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Seattle First Baptist has a long tradition of empowering and inviting leadership of diverse backgrounds. In our community, we are served by a Pastoral Leadership team, dedicated staff members, and a robust lay leadership who serve both on our Diaconate (like a board) and in the various committees and task forces who manage the various areas of ministry in our community. 

Clergy

Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips

Lead Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips received a Doctor of Ministry degree in May, 2018 from the American Baptist Seminary of the West. The title of his dissertation is Evolutionary Theology and Revolutionary Worship: Worship as Orientation, Disorientation, and Reorientation in a Postmodern World.

Tim was ordained in 1981 and served churches in Michigan and Illinois before being called to Chicago Theological Seminary as Director of Admissions in 1994. During his service there, Tim became convinced that empowering people’s gifts is central to the work of a spiritual community. In 1996, Tim was called by University Baptist Church to Seattle where he served until Seattle First Baptist Church called him as lead pastor in February 2009.

Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips

Lead Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Tim Phillips received a Doctor of Ministry degree in May, 2018 from the American Baptist Seminary of the West. The title of his dissertation is Evolutionary Theology and Revolutionary Worship: Worship as Orientation, Disorientation, and Reorientation in a Postmodern World.

Tim was ordained in 1981 and served churches in Michigan and Illinois before being called to Chicago Theological Seminary as Director of Admissions in 1994. During his service there, Tim became convinced that empowering people’s gifts is central to the work of a spiritual community. In 1996, Tim was called by University Baptist Church to Seattle where he served until Seattle First Baptist Church called him as lead pastor in February 2009.

Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter

Pastor of Education & Outreach

Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter served as an interim member of the pastoral team at Seattle First Baptist from July 2015 through August 2016. In September 2016 she took on a new role as our Theologian in Residence, following William Malcomson who retired from the post earlier in 2016. In 2019, after a successful Forward in Faith campaign, she agreed to serve as our Pastor of Education & Outreach. 

Dr. Patricia L. Hunter is the Financial Planning Services Manager for the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB) of the American Baptist Churches. She works with pastors and church employees in the areas of investments, retirement benefits, taxes, and financial and estate planning. Dr. Hunter is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, practitioner. She is passionate about helping people achieve their personal and financial goals, through proper planning.

Dr. Hunter received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.  Her area of specialization was Womanist Theology and Evangelism. Dr. Hunter received her Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester, Crozer, Divinity School in Rochester, New York and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle University in Business Administration. 

Dr. Hunter serves as an associate in ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle where she serves in the music ministry, by leading worship and preaching.  She was also a Faith & Values columnist for the Seattle Times newspaper for over ten years.  

Dr. Hunter is a Seattle native and is married to The Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy.  Together they enjoy gardening, baseball, and playing with their dog Baxter.  

Email:   |  #DrPatriciaHunter 

Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter

Pastor of Education & Outreach

Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter served as an interim member of the pastoral team at Seattle First Baptist from July 2015 through August 2016. In September 2016 she took on a new role as our Theologian in Residence, following William Malcomson who retired from the post earlier in 2016. In 2019, after a successful Forward in Faith campaign, she agreed to serve as our Pastor of Education & Outreach. 

Dr. Patricia L. Hunter is the Financial Planning Services Manager for the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board (MMBB) of the American Baptist Churches. She works with pastors and church employees in the areas of investments, retirement benefits, taxes, and financial and estate planning. Dr. Hunter is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, practitioner. She is passionate about helping people achieve their personal and financial goals, through proper planning.

Dr. Hunter received her Doctor of Ministry degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.  Her area of specialization was Womanist Theology and Evangelism. Dr. Hunter received her Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester, Crozer, Divinity School in Rochester, New York and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Seattle University in Business Administration. 

Dr. Hunter serves as an associate in ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle where she serves in the music ministry, by leading worship and preaching.  She was also a Faith & Values columnist for the Seattle Times newspaper for over ten years.  

Dr. Hunter is a Seattle native and is married to The Rev. Dr. Renee McCoy.  Together they enjoy gardening, baseball, and playing with their dog Baxter.  

Rev. Anita Peebles

Associate Pastor for Next Gen Ministries

Rev. Anita Peebles (she/her/hers) began her ministry with Seattle First Baptist in July 2018. She graduated with a Masters of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn. in May of 2018 with the project “Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me: Non-Traumatizing Alternatives to Atonement Theology for Early Christian Education.” She was ordained April 15, 2018 by Glendale Baptist Church, an Alliance of Baptists affiliated congregation.

Anita was born and raised in Michigan, where her family still lives. She completed her undergraduate education in Religion and Environmental Studies at Oberlin College in northeast Ohio with a final project entitled “Ecotheology and the Parables of Jesus: Creative Re-readings of Parables In Light of the Environmental Crisis.”

Anita is a contributor to Growing in God’s Love: A Storybook Bible (John Knox 2018), Deep Blue Sunday School curriculum (UMC), and Journeys (ABC Judson Press). Anita serves on the board of directors for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America~Bautistas por la Paz. For sabbath time, Anita finds restoration in gardening, writing, kayaking and singing. 

Phone: 206.325.6051 x106  |  Email:  

#PastorAnitaPeebles 

Rev. Anita Peebles

Associate Pastor for Next Gen Ministries

Rev. Anita Peebles (she/her/hers) began her ministry with Seattle First Baptist in July 2018. She graduated with a Masters of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tenn. in May of 2018 with the project “Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me: Non-Traumatizing Alternatives to Atonement Theology for Early Christian Education.” She was ordained April 15, 2018 by Glendale Baptist Church, an Alliance of Baptists affiliated congregation.

Anita was born and raised in Michigan, where her family still lives. She completed her undergraduate education in Religion and Environmental Studies at Oberlin College in northeast Ohio with a final project entitled “Ecotheology and the Parables of Jesus: Creative Re-readings of Parables In Light of the Environmental Crisis.”

Anita is a contributor to Growing in God’s Love: A Storybook Bible (John Knox 2018), Deep Blue Sunday School curriculum (UMC), and Journeys (ABC Judson Press). Anita serves on the board of directors for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America~Bautistas por la Paz. For sabbath time, Anita finds restoration in gardening, writing, kayaking and singing. 

Phone: 206.325.6051 x106  |  Email:  

#PastorAnitaPeebles 

 

Staff

BEN LUEDCKE

Minister of Music

Ben Luedcke is the choir director at Seattle First Baptist Church in downtown Seattle and was recently promoted as the new Minister of Music. In addition to directing the choir, Ben coordinates special music and congregational singing, as well as organizes outsides collaborations and musical outreach.  He is currently finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of Washington, studying with Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers, and he has held teaching positions in the choral, musicology, and English departments.  Ben was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus.

Before moving to Washington, Ben was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Monmouth College and also served as faculty at Grinnell College.  Ben is known in Madison, Wisconsin for several of his startup organizations: he was the co-founder and director of Voces Aestatis, a Wisconsin-based professional choir that specialized in the a cappella repertoire of the sixteenth century. Likewise, Ben was the founder and artistic director of Madison Summer Choir, a community chorus that performed large orchestral works.  Ben completed his Masters of Arts in choral conducting at the University of Iowa where he studied with Dr. Timothy Stalter, and he holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He lives in Seattle with his wife, Vanessa, and their two dogs, Luthor and Oona.

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DARREN HOCHSTEDLER

Church Administrator

Darren Hochstedler joined the staff of Seattle First Baptist as our Church Administrator in January 2016.
Darren has extensive experience in church administration, most recently serving as administrator at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church for nearly 10 years. He also brings his knowledge from a previous career in theater management and lighting and set design.

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CHERRY JOHNSON

Retreats Coordinator

Cherry Johnson serves in the capacity of a Companis volunteer as SFBC Retreats Coordinator.  In her past lives pre-retirement, she was a junior high English and Drama teacher, managed Cascade Meadows Baptist Camp as part of the Windover (intentional) Community, worked at Suzzallo Library at the UW, was a community organizer and educator for the LGBTQIA+ and HIV/AIDS communities, served on the Board of the Church Council, counseled women in housing transition through Jubilee Women’s Center and served as social work clinical supervisor at Bailey-Boushay House. 
She has held numerous roles at SFBC and is passionate about providing opportunities for spiritual growth, education, relationship-building, community-nurturing, and FUN through all kinds of retreats.

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SUE ROSS

Faith Community Nurse

Sue Ross joined Seattle First Baptist Church in 1981, and with her husband Brian has been active in church life ever since.

Sue graduated from the UW School of Nursing in 1982, started working at the University Hospital and in 1988 she went to work for one of the Urologists as his clinic and research nurse studying the transmission of HIV and treatment of chronic Prostatitis.

In 1990 Sue obtained her Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington.  As the Faith Community Nurse for SFBC, Sue will maintain a health information bulletin board, write articles for the Spire on health issues and is available for blood pressure screenings, assessments of physical, mental and spiritual needs, and help with accessing community health resources.  More than anything Sue is happy to be a listening presence.

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CHRISTINA SUNSTONE

Digital Services
& Communications

Christina joined the staff at Seattle First Baptist in 2021, after serving for more than a decade at Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, first as Office & Communications Manager, and then as Parish Administrator. In her work here she focuses on the website, The Spire monthly newsletter, email communications, and social media. She and her sweet old black lab Hugo live in Magnolia.

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