Rev. Daryn Bunce Stylianopoulos, Pastor

Rev. Daryn Stylianopoulos is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Needham. Daryn believes in fostering the welcoming, healing and creative spirit of Jesus’s good news wherever her ministry leads.  We treasure that ministry here at FBC Needham.

Daryn graduated Summa Cum Laude from Boston University School of Theology with her MDiv, and is ordained through The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (ABCUSA) and Alliance of Baptists.  She is a graduate of Wake Forest University. Originally from Lexington, North Carolina, Daryn now resides in Boston, MA with her husband, Spiro (a former Needham Rocket), their three children, Fayrah, Anna and Theo, their great dane, Deacon, parakeet, Chase, and bearded dragon, Gil.

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Church Office phone: 781-400-5867

 Rev. Holly C. Benzenhafer, Associate Pastor

Rev. Holly C. Benzenhafer is Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Needham. Holly is in the final stages of completing her Ph.D. in Practical Theology and Spirituality at Boston University School of Theology.  A spiritual director and contemplative Christian, Holly seeks to incorporate intentionality, discernment, and compassion into holistic daily living and community.  She develops contextually-oriented spiritual practices; creative spiritual formation; and spaces for balancing work, rest, sleep and worship as sacred acts.  Holly holds certification as a labyrinth facilitator through Veriditas and in Religion and Conflict Transformation through Boston Theological Institute.  We value her ministry with us at FBC Needham.

Holly was ordained by Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi in 2009, and affiliates with Alliance of Baptists, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists. Holly graduated Magna Cum Laude from BU with her M.Div. specializing in Spirituality.

Prior to moving to Massachusetts in 2003, Holly was sociology faculty at Mississippi College and Hinds Community College and a juried member of the Craftsman’s Guild of Mississippi in Handweaving.  She delights in her daughter and son-in-law, Kristen and Greylyn Hydinger, of Watertown, MA; loose-leaf iced tea; and her three cats, Serena, Samhain, and Moonshine.

Church Office phone: 781-400-5867

Peter Freisinger

Peter Freisinger, Music Director at First Baptist, worked for six years in German opera houses, and has conducted orchestras in Vladivostok and along the Volga River in Russia. At the Glinka Conservatory in Nizhny Novgorod, he gave a lecture on American musical life and a master class in foreign language diction for singers.

Freisinger received a Bachelor of music degree in Piano from Indiana University at Bloomington and studied Orchestral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati where he received his Masters and Doctoral degrees. In the summer of 2008, Peter founded the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra, which has premiered works by many composers, and features numerous instrumental and vocal soloists. Peter improvises for The Boston Conservatory Dance Division.

Dwayne Best, Interim Office Manager

Church Office phone: 781-400-5867
Church Office hours: M-F, 9am – 2pm