Our Staff

Rev. Dr. David L. Nichols, Senior Pastor


David L. Nichols earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and his Masters and Doctor of Ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he served as a member of the administration for many years. He has pastored four churches in Illinois and Michigan and is the author of three books available on Amazon: Understanding the Old Testament: A Narrative Summary (2008); Learning to Love Your Neighbor: Finding Your Place in God’s Plan to Fix a Broken World (2014); and Encountering Jesus Today: Revolution and Resurrection (2016).  He is a passionate visionary who gets excited about new directions for old churches.

Rev. Dr. Sanchita Kisku, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care 

Rev. Dr. Sanchita Kisku is a Missiologist in feminist-womanist and cultural anthropological studies. She taught World Christianity and Mission in India for three years. As an Indigenous women representative, she served the central committee of the World Council of Churches (2006-2011). She challenges through her academic and public presentations as of how in a multicultural context many indigenous women are expected to perform the traditional gender roles that are prescribed by the patriarchal society. Rev. Kisku is a Global Mission Scholar and Ruth Rossing Foundation Scholar who earned her Ph.D. in the area of World Christianity and Global Mission from Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 2014. Her doctoral research is The Indigenous Santal Christian Women: Retrieving our cultural past and constructing an Egalitarian Theology for the Indigenous church in India. Rev. Kisku also has rich experience in the area of Clinical Pastoral Education and currently engaged to pursue Supervisory education. Rev. Kisku has a passion to provide pastoral care and counseling for the vulnerable, those who are suffering pain and chronic ailment.

Amy Lehman, Office Administrator and Building Manager

Amy Lehman joined the First Baptist Church staff in June 2019. She can be found in the front office juggling multiple tasks! Amy is committed to serving the church and the downtown community. She is also passionate about environmental issues. You may find her enjoy the outdoors on the weekend.

Susan Saunders, Church Accountant

Sue was born and grew up in the Bay City of Michigan. She has spent most of her carrier as an English teacher and later as a librarian. Sue also has served as an optometrist bookkeeper for four years. And now for the last nine years, she is working as a church bookkeeper. Currently, she lives in Battle Creek, Michigan, where she is taking care of twenty-nine Llamas. She is passionate to take care of them, spin and weave their fibers. 

Nicholas Baxter, Building Manager


Nicholas Baxter was born and raised in Jackson Michigan and moved to Kalamazoo in September 2009 to study at Western Michigan University graduating in December 2014 with degrees in German and Philosophy. His time after college has been spent strengthening his roots in West Michigan volunteering as an AmeriCorps VISTA, mentoring foster youth and youth living in high poverty areas, teaching music and poetry, working with refugees and developing intercultural education programs all the while building on nearly 20 years of musicianship spanning a variety of instruments, writing and doing photography. His creativity is fueled by an eclectic array of performances across the region as well as meeting new people and finding ways to apply his skill set to support and expand upon the artistic and cultural diversity of this city and his music can be found at nicholasallenbaxter.bandcamp.com Nicholas manages the space of 20+ organizations in the Historic First Baptist Church building, 10+ organizations in the Disciples of Christ Church and is a natural connector for the Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition. He views the openness of the First Baptist Church to become a cooperative use space as a huge blessing to preserving this city's history, to entrepreneurs, activists, artists and visionaries and an opportunity to support, encourage and advance anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practices in the downtown area. 

Eleazar "Junior" Salas, Custodian 

He loves to take care, clean and maintenance of this historic church. He has provided security for the last 10 years and would like to do as needed.    


Worship Service
Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Church Activities

Contemporary  Discussion at 9:30 a.m.

Every Sunday morning in the Clough Room we come together to talk about controversial issues and practice civility toward those who differ from us. Most issues are more complicated than we are led to believe.

Bible Study at 10:30 a.m.

Every Wednesday Pastor Dave discusses the upcoming Sunday scriptures.

Men's Breakfast at 8: 30 a.m.

The third Tuesday of each month (Poor Richard's Cafe, 1105 E.Crosstown, Kalamazoo) 

Women's Bible Study at 5:30 p.m.

The third Wednesday of each month ( Professional Offices, 3608 South Burdick Street,  Kalamazoo)

315 W. Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

269-345-2195 (office)
269-345-2046 (fax)

Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
10:00 a.m. - Noon / 1 p.m. - 4.00 p.m.  
Friday by appointment only
CLOSED - Saturday

Only for an Emergency or Pastoral care, Please Call ( 773-983-8782)