Tuesday, 29 of July of 2014

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Leadership

First Baptist Church is led by a plurality of Elders under the headship of Jesus Christ (Acts 14.23, Acts 20.28, 1 Timothy 5.17, Titus 1.5).

 

Glen O’Keefe
Senior Pastor | Elder

Pastor Glen is an “Enfield boy” having grown up here and graduating from Enfield High School.  In 1986 he received his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Hartford.

From 1994-2008 Pastor Glen served as an elder of the church, training under our Pastor Emeritus, Rev. George H. Heiland and under Dr. Donald R. Gommesen.  He was called by First Baptist Church to be the senior pastor in December 2008.

His patient wife, Cheryl, serves as our music director and his two daughters, Katie and Alyssa, serve in the music and Awana programs.  Please make it a point to introduce yourself to Pastor Glen and his family!

Twitter @PastorGlenO

George H. Heiland
Pastor Emeritus | Elder


Pastor Heiland is from New Jersey.  Following High School he served 4 years in the USAF stationed in the Far East and Washington State.  He graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary with a ThB in 1963 where he met and married his wife, Esther E (Good) Heiland, in 1959. She was born in Ohio and lived in parsonages there as well as in New York State and New Jersey.

The Heilands have three sons: Ken, Jefferson and Seth and ten grandchildren. Pastor and Esther ministered 10 years as home missionaries. First Baptist Church of Medford, NJ commissioned them to serve with the Fellowship of Baptist for Home Missions in 1962. They pioneered an apprentice program for 1 year in Ohio. They served 2 years in Maryland, 5 years with First Baptist Church in Enfield CT. followed by 2 years in Braintree, MA.

In 1973, Pastor Heiland received and accepted a call to return to FBC Enfield as Senior Pastor, serving in that capacity for 21 years. Seeking a respite from ministry, he worked 4 years for a diagnostic lab in Virginia. Pastor and Esther were called again to serve as missionaries. Having been sent by FBC Enfield, they served with Grace Baptist Missions International in Port St Lucie, FL.

After serving 10 years in Florida, Pastor and Esther returned to CT to retire and assist with their grandchildren in Torrington. They are pleased  to be serving once again at First Baptist Church of Enfield.

Dana P. Steele
Associate Pastor | Elder

Pastor Dana grew up in Enfield, attending First Baptist Church of Enfield since the age of 10.  He graduated from Fermi High School in 1989 and received a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1994.  He became the Awana Commander at FBCE in 1998 and began serving as a deacon in 2000.  That same year he married his wife Carrie (Eldeen). They adopted their two children, Tyson and Mia, from Korea in  2010 and 2011.

Dana was called by First Baptist Church to be an Associate Pastor in 2009.  His responsibilities include teaching Adult Sunday School, leading the worship services, overseeing the children’s ministries and offering counseling.  Pastor Dana has been trained in biblical (nouthetic) counseling.  If you or someone you know could benefit from biblical counsel, Pastor Dana would welcome your call.

In addition to his ministries at FBCE, Dana also continues to work as a license professional engineer and partner of a civil engineering firm in East Windsor, Connecticut.