Janice E Thomas
Pastor; Member in Discernment
Janice E. Thomas, a United Church of Christ recognized Member in Discernment, is our current Pastor. She is a retired teacher and stepped up to fill the pulpit when our Senior Pastor retired. She is in her second year of S.T.E.M. (Systematic Training for Effective Ministries), attends classes one weekend a month and is working toward the title of Licensed Minister.
Currently she is preaching at least three Sundays a month and performs funerals and weddings along with hospital and home visitations.
Dr. Quincy O. Dobbs
Minister of Music
One of Flint’s most versatile musicians, Dr. Dobbs is in demand as director, accompanist, collaborator, teacher, soloist and consultant. He is on faculty at the Flint Institute of Music and currently is on leave from the First Church of Christ, Scientist of Flint. His musical expertise has been called upon throughout Michigan and other parts of the Midwest and throughout the states while his accompanying and teaching has taken him to a cultural exchange with the FIM and its sister school in France.
As former Minister of Music and Fine Arts of a large downtown church he used his innovative musical and theatrical talents to build one of Flint’s most dynamic music and fine arts programs in a church setting. His children’s plays, musical productions, mystery dinners, choir music programs, interfaith worship experiences have been well received and provided musical as well as depth in spirituality. The Jazz Vespers worship service he created continues to be Flint’s longest running spiritual experience of its kind, with its coffee house setting of readings, poetry, multimedia and great jazz music.
His musical direction over the years has taken him through productions of standards such as, South Pacific, Oklahoma and as musical director of musical revues and opera staging. He has used his educational background as director of summer camps for children, New York’s Camp Broadway in Tempe, Arizona, and local music and social activist camps where the participants learned music as well as peace-making skills.
Leadership in many notable organizations has provided opportunities to bring his style and passion to these groups. He is a former board member of the United Church of Christ Musicians Association and was convention chair for the Michigan convention in Grand Rapids. He is Sub- Dean of the Flint Chapter American Guild of Organists, President of the Flint Theatre Organ Club, a member of the Flint Institute of Music. He is trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Department of Human Services and sits on the Michigan Supreme Courts Foster Care Review Board Advisory Committee where he represents Genesee County as a community review member.
And while he has a terminal degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University, he continues to learn and expand his musical expertise and education by attending conventions, masterclasses, and workshops.
He is very happy to be a part of First Congregational Church of Saginaw in the current musical position.
Director of Christian Education
John has served as sexton at FCC since 1996. John’s duties include maintenance of the church building and grounds. He brings many talents and gifts to FCC. Some of them include 30+ years of experience in painting, carpentry, electricity, and home repair (as Mr. FixIt). John has a son, Daniel and a granddaughter.
William Dirk and David Diebold