Senior Pastor – Dr. David John Hailey
Dr. David John Hailey, Jr. began his pastorate at First Baptist Church of Oak Park in March 2019. A native of North Carolina, David John attended Campbell University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Church Music, Duke Divinity School where he earned a Master of Theological Studies, and returned to Campbell University to attend the Divinity School where he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree. David John enjoys creating thematic worship experiences, meeting people “where they are”, and finding ways to share Christ’s love in an ever-changing culture.
David John has been married to his wife, Claire, since 2011, but they began dating in high school back in 2003. Claire serves as a pediatrician at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park. They don’t have any human children, but they do have two sweet Labrador retrievers named Kylie and Quinn. When not at church, you’ll likely find David John on a golf course, watching a sporting event, or singing and playing his guitar.
Minister of Welcome – Pastor Monroe Saffold
Our Welcome Minister Monroe Saffold’s professional career has been in education, teaching at both Oak Park/River Forest High School and at Lane Tech. He graduated from North Park Seminary with a Master of Arts and Christian Ministry. He is now attending Northern Baptist Seminary to completing his degree work for a Master of Divinity with possible Ph.D. work. Monroe is also an accomplished pianist. He has been active in Bible Study Fellowship and in leading small group Bible studies. His greatest claim to fame is winning the Mr. America crown for body-building in 1992.
Minister of Music – Joel Raney
Joel has a degree in choral conducting from the University of North Alabama and a masters degree in piano performance from Juilliard. He has a deep passion for church music of all styles, with a background that includes work as a conductor of musical theater, and a composer of music for film and television. He is an editor for Hope Publishing Company, with numerous choral, keyboard, handbell, and instrumental compositions in print. Joel also keeps busy performing concerts, as well as leading choral and keyboard workshops at churches around the country. He and his wife, Susie, have three grown sons, and live in Elmwood Park.
Director of Preschool & Kindergarten, Barbara grew up in Maywood, Illinois and graduated from Proviso East High School. She attended U of I/ Chicago and graduated from Denver University. She has been the preschool’s Director for 20 years. “I strongly believe that we provide an important Christian ministry for our children. Their physical and spiritual development is of equal importance to us.”
Mary Lee Eneberg has served as our Office Administrator since 1992. She is a graduate of Illinois State University in theater and served as program coordinator at the Illinois Arts Council in Chicago. She was also the general manager of her family business, ArtGolf. With her guitar, she works with our Preschool & Kindergarten, engaging them in music and biblical stories. She lives in Westchester with her husband, Bob, and has two grown sons.
Financial Secretary – Elaine Feuerabend
Elaine has been a member of First Baptist since 1990. She retired in 2014 from a 32-year sales career in the paper business with Xpedx. Her hobbies are very diverse, from golf to flower arranging, decorating and design, along with most hands-on projects. Her most important outreach is serving as a Stephen Minister, a program that walks alongside of people who are going through a difficult time in their lives. She has a wonderful husband, Michael, and they will soon be celebrating their 25th anniversary.
Building Manager – Eric Hogan
Custodian – Ricardo Zela
A native of Peru, Ricard has been in the United States for 30 years. He serves as our Church Sexton, security, van driver for our Preschool & Kindergarten, and assists with our building maintenance. Ricardo is an avid fan of soccer. He also enjoys reading, writing poetry, and films.