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. Tim has studied at Grand Rapids Baptist College (B.A.), the University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago Theological Seminary (M.Div.), the Pastoral Leadership Program at Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry, and the American Baptist Seminary of the West. During his rare off hours, Tim enjoys camping with his partner Patrick Green and their Miniature Schnauzer Cooper. He is an avid (some might say rabid) sports fan. Go Seahawks!
Phone: 206.325.6051 x104
Phone: 206.325.6051 x104
Rev. Anita Peebles, Associate Pastor for Next Generation 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
Rev. Dr. Patricia L. Hunter - Theologian in Residence
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.
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.