Our Pastor: Rev. Dr. Yaliang Zhao
Pastor Yaliang joined us in 2017 as our lead pastor. She came with more than ten years of ministry experience in a Chinese Christian church and two years of youth pastoring experience in a multicultural, multigenerational church in MA.
Pastor Yaliang was born and reared in Xi’an, China. She was taught to be an atheist and later turned agnostic in her teenager years. She graduated from Peking University in China with a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. with a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience.  

She was compelled to become a believer of Jesus Christ in 2000, and first heard God’s call to “drop your job and serve the church” in 2005 when she was working as a senior scientist in Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer). She struggled with “the Call” and finally went back to school in 2012, this time to the seminary. She graduated from Christian University Global Net with a M.A. degree in Religion and is now a Doctor of Ministry degree candidate at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, majoring in Pastoral Theology in Practice.     

At First Baptist Church of Woburn she expects to lead the next phase of our church in terms of direction and purpose of mission to further the Kingdom of Christ. The mission statement in her life is: “I must be about my Father’s business.” (Luke 2:49)   Pastor Yaliang is happily married to Dr. Yan Feng, her college classmate. Together, they have three lovely kids: Kimberly, Samuel and Timothy. When she is not preaching, teaching or counseling, you will find her on the tennis court playing, on the mountain hiking or skiing, or at sea swimming.
Our Music Director: Marsha Johnson Weiss
Marsha is a soprano, a pianist and choir director.  She began her music ministry at the FBCW in October of 2018.   Originally from the Midwest from a family of Methodists, she and her husband now live in Chelsea.   Her husband, Herman Weiss grew up in Connecticut and was steeped in the Jewish Orthodox traditions.  Dr. Weiss is a composer, pianist, conductor and professor of music. Together they perform as the Dream Song Duo.   Dr. Weiss is currently the Music Director of the Nahant Village Church and occasionally fills in at the FBCW. He is a principal pianist for the Boston Ballet School in Marblehead.  

Ms. Johnson is a board certified music therapist, specializing in Neurologic Music Therapy.   She graduated from Lesley University with a Master of Arts in Counseling and Music Therapy. She has supervised 20 interns in her 25 years as a music therapist for the Department of Developmental Services, and long term residential facilities for the elderly.   

Ms. Johnson is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and maintains a private practice at the FBCW, offering counseling and Music Therapy.   Her work also takes her to the Chelsea Jewish Lifecare as a Hospice Music Therapist. She serves as a Music Specialist for the Rock n Roll Daycare in Cambridge one morning per week.   

Prior to becoming a music therapist, Marsha sang professionally as a free lance soprano throughout the New England area.    She directed music for the Beech Street Baptist Church in Cambridge. She was soloist for numerous churches in the area including Church of the Advent, St. John’s Episcopal in Newton, The Baptist Church and the Congregational Churches of Medford.  She was a fellow of the Bach Aria Group twice. She graduated from The New England Conservatory with a Master of Music in Voice. She studied with D’anna Fortunato, Donna Roll, and Ray Devoll. Her repertoire includes Bach, opera, contemporary and the American Songbook.  Her husband composed “Five Songs” for her, recorded with ensemble.

Both Marsha and her husband are avid gardeners, cooks and concert goers.   

Our Office Assistant: Jamie Whitten
Jamie joined us in January 2018. Her responsibilities include compiling the Sunday worship bulletins, assisting the pastor, parishioners and other staff members with their ministerial needs
Jamie has a background in the medical field, so she has been a passionate and attentive member of our staff team. 
When she is not working, she is enjoying time with her lovely family.

Our Sexton: Derek Marinaccio
Derek has been faithfully tending to our facility needs since May 2011. He is our handyman, custodian, and go-to person to all of our facility needs. 
A devoted follower of Christ, he pays great attention to details, and he does all his work with smiles on his face. We rely on Derek to keep our church clean, organized and getting ready for all utility of our church building.