Minister of the Congregation
Scott N. Kindred-Barnes, B.A., M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D.
Born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Scott was an amateur boxing champion before his interest in both the history of sports and psychology moved him to study at university. Throughout Scott’s undergraduate years he read widely in the Western tradition and traveled on three continents. This process gradually inspired him to faith in Jesus Christ where he abandoned his previous agnosticism for Christianity. He completed a B.A. in history from Acadia University and his M.Div. degree from Acadia Divinity College. In 2002 Scott and his wife Kerry moved to Newmarket, Ontario where Kerry worked as an elementary school teacher and Scott pursued further graduate studies at the University of Toronto. Before moving to Ontario Scott and Kerry served at Wolfville Baptist Church as part of the youth ministry team.
Scott’s two research degrees at the University of Toronto focused on Reformation history and theology. He continues to research and publish on the history of religious persecution and toleration in the West and in Reformation studies. He has a particular interest in the ideas and legacies of Roger Williams and Richard Hooker. In August 2011 Scott published his first book on Richard Hooker and the English Reformation entitled Richard Hooker’s Use of History in His Defense of Public Worship: His Anglican Critique of Calvin, Barrow, and the Puritans(Lewiston*Queenston*Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2011).
Scott has been a member of the Sixteenth Century Society since 2006 where he often reads a paper and Chairs a session at the society’s annual meeting. He is the convenor of the Richard Hooker Society, a member of the Baptist Historical Society and the American Academy of Religion. Scott worked as an Adjunct Faculty member at Toronto School of Theology from 2007 to 2011 where he taught in the Historical Department. While at the University of Toronto he taught courses in Reformation history in the Faculty of Divinity at Trinity College. He has also taught the History of Western Civilization at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. In 2012 Scott became a Governing Board Member on the Canadian Council of Churches, representing the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec.
As a Baptist with an ecumenical approach to ministry, Scott celebrates the Reformation roots of his own tradition. He brings his training as an ecclesiastical historian to the ministry, believing that knowledge about the doctrinal and devotional roots of Christianity plays a vital role in promoting greater catholicity among the followers of Christ. Thus, Scott’s theology of ministry and worship has been informed by both his diversity of experiences and his keen interest in the Bible and the history of ideas.
As the eminent theologian Karl Barth once said, a pastor ought to have a Bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other. Accordingly, an essential part of Dr. Scott Kindred-Barnes’s preaching ministry focuses on interpreting contemporary ideas and events in light of Biblical revelation. This often involves placing theological ideas in historical context. Most certainly, it means struggling with the Biblical text in prayer and study in order to discern what God is saying to His people in the present.
Scott and Kerry have a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Samuel.
Shawn Potter, Director of MusicShawn Potter holds a master’s degree in organ performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music, where he studied organ with Hans-Ola Ericsson and John Grew, and harpsichord and continuo with Hank Knox. Originally from Nova Scotia, Shawn graduated in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in music from Mount Allison University, where he held a Canadian Merit National Scholarship. He has held numerous grants and fellowships including a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grant, allowing him to pursue a wide variety of interests, ranging from 17th century North German repertoire to the organ works of Olivier Messiaen.
Winner of the 2013 Royal Canadian College of Organists’ National Organ Competition, Shawn has performed extensively within Canada, with performances at the Montreal Bach Festival, the Sackville Early Music Festival, and the RCCO National Convention. Upcoming engagements include performances for Pro Organo (Ottawa) and ORGANIX 14 (Toronto), as well as a series of eight concerts comprising the complete organ works of Dieterich Buxtehude (Ottawa). Shawn has held organ scholar positions in Montreal at both Christ Church Cathedral and the church of St. John the Evangelist, and is currently the Director of Music at First Baptist Church, Ottawa.
In addition to his musical interests, Shawn is an avid traveller and enjoys escaping into the wild for long hikes and canoeing trips. He also has a passion for baking and cookbook collecting, and maintains a small, but well-loved, collection of plants at home. Shawn lives in Ottawa with his partner, Jennifer.
Patti Linn, Church Secretary
Patti Linn (B.A. Honours, B.Ed.) has been Church Secretary at First Baptist Church since February 2000, supplementing this work through the years with such roles as singing in the Choir, chairing the Fellowship Commission and acting as Greeting and Coffee Hour Coordinator. She worked as Tutor and Administrative Coordinator for Discovery University (an outreach program started by FBC offering non-credit university-level education at no cost to the homeless and those living on low-income) until the program was taken over by The Ottawa Mission in 2010.
Patti is married to John Linn. They have three children, Sarah (born in 2007), Hannah (born in 2009) and little Rose, who was born and immediately taken into God’s loving care in April 2011. Patti has a keen interest in gardening and spends much of her free time in spring and summer maintaining her flower beds.
Thino and Phuong Nguyen, Caretakers
Thino and Phuong Nguyen arrived in Canada in February 1984, sponsored by the federal government after escaping from their home country of Vietnam. In 1985, Thino became the custodian of our Church building. Since that time, and assisted by Phuong more recently, she has maintained this historic building and continues to participate in the life of FBC.
The Nguyen family has grown in Canada through the years with the birth of Andrew in 1986 and Betty in 1994 and through the sponsorship of five family members in 1993. They are truly a classic refugee success story. Although Andrew graciously acknowledges the support they have received from this congregation over the years, all who are familiar with their story recognize that their success in Canada has been due primarily to their own hard work and dedication to their extended family.