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Staff at Cumberland First Baptist Church

We are blessed with a dedicated and diverse pastoral staff who enrich and help define the ministries of this congregation. Taking their God-given gifts and passions and putting them into action, they allow ministry to flourish in ways that speak to the hearts and minds of many. Visionary and inspirational leadership, bringing a new kind of church, compassionate care, inclusiveness and community, new ways of thinking and the wisdom of experience. Our clergy bring all this and more to live out the mission of being an open community of Christians gathering to seek, celebrate, live and share the love of God for all creation.

Wyatt Watkins

Minister of Worship and Outreach

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T.Wyatt Watkins is a graduate of Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis and holds a degree in violin performance from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. An author, storyteller, and classical and folk musician, Wyatt brings a broad palette of creative and spiritual expression to the ministry of Sunday morning. Through vehicles ranging from sermon-in-dialogue, to poetry reading and discussion, to “Mostly Music Sundays,” worship is routinely enhanced by the arts.

As a champion of our call to care for the Earth, Wyatt offers leadership at Cumberland, the eastside of Indianapolis, and statewide through Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light to the task of combatting climate change.

As a founder of Cumberland Arts, Inc., Wyatt is its congregational liaison and entertainment chair for its annual arts festival. He is a charter member of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and performs fiddle in two Irish bands, one with congregational accompanist and harpist Jan Clark.

Wyatt is married to Donna Watkins, a neonatal nurse practitioner and is the proud father of four adult children.

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Kevin Rose

Minister of Discipleship & Mission

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Kevin was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He completed his undergraduate degree at Greenville College BA Religion/Philosophy (Greenville IL). While completing his graduate degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary MA Christian Education (Louisville KY) and Indiana University MS Elementary Education (Indianapolis IN) he also served as Director of Youth and Drama with his home congregation.

In March 1989, he accepted the call to serve as Minister of Christian Education at Cumberland First Baptist Church. Over the years of ministry, he has continued to put into practice his passion for faith exploration and education with all ages. Kevin and his spouse Dan enjoy traveling, baseball games (having been to 20 of the 30 MLB parks so far), cooking, and theater.

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A word from our pastors

Corby York, Director of Music

Celeste Rose, Organist

Jan Aldridge Clark, Accompanist

Jackie Stevens, Custodian

Jan Bailey, Office Assistant