The Rev. Dr. Michael J. Feicht, Senior Pastor
Michael is married to Elizabeth with three children and two grandchildren. He has served as the Pastor of the First Baptist Church since 1991. His goal at the church is to serve the people of the larger community through a church that is “Christ-centered, Biblical and socially relevant.” Our vision is to always be a church that makes a difference.
He holds a Masters degree in literature, a Masters in Divinity and a Doctorate in communication. In the past Michael has served as a Peace Corps volunteer, high school teacher, and college and seminary adjunct faculty member. His personal mission leadership reaches Rwanda with economic development projects, and the Middle East with evangelism and education. Local outreach serves communities of Camden.
We live in a highly mobile, changing society that has serious challenges. Our families experience many needs and demands. Pastor Michael seeks to minister in our world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, who brings meaning, forgiveness and love.
Dr. David Shockey, Director of Chancel Choir
Dr. David Shockey is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College, Eastman School of Music and Ohio State University. He is head of vocal activities at Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, PA, where he directs the PBU Chorale and Chamber Singers, a position he has held for twenty-five years. He has performed as a tenor soloist in many oratorios and operas in the United States and Europe, most recently singing the role of Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with the Rome Festival Association in Rome, Italy. David was the choir director at the Csehy Summer School of Music for sixteen years as well as Dean of the Faculty for eight of those years. He recently returned to the Delaware Valley after four years on the music faculty of Seattle Pacific University. He was choir director of the First Presbyterian Church of Snohomish, WA. The Shockeys now share the Director of Music position at the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield!
Eleanor Shockey, Organist and Director of Carol Choir
A native of Ontario, Canada, Eleanor holds degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College, the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and the University of Toronto. She has been a church organist for forty years and taught piano for the same, most notably at the Csehy Summer School of Music and at Philadelphia Biblical University as part time faculty. She has performed as a pianist and as organist throughout the northeast, recently soloing with the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, then with the PBU Orchestra, in Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Tympani, and String Orchestra. She has accompanied her husband, David in bi-annual faculty recitals over their thirty-four years of marriage. The Shockeys have four children, two of whom live with their spouses in the Philadelphia area, and two on the West Coast.
Robert Gardner, Director of Handbells
Bob Gardner became a member of the First Baptist Church over forty years ago. He has been active in the music ministry here since childhood. His introduction to handbells in Junior High Bell Choir sparked an interest that developed into a calling. In addition to his musical experience in the local communities as a pianist, organist, and harpist, Bob rings professionally with the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble. He and his high school sweetheart, Sherry, a singer of course, were married at First Baptist, raised two children here, and recently added a son-in-law with a wedding at First Baptist.