Our Pastor


The Rev. Michael Woolf

The Reverend Michael C. Woolf, First Baptist Church Swansea MARev. Woolf was ordained in 2014 by the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain and holds ministerial standing in The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts.

He comes to Swansea after having completed his undergraduate work in religious studies at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville, and he also holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Michael is currently a Doctor of Theology candidate at Harvard Divinity School as well, where he studies the Sanctuary Movement of the 1980s as well as the Living Wage Movement.

Michael is a lover of bluegrass music, parables, shaving soap, and people of all kinds. He is committed to empowering communities to discern the will of God in their lives.

Having been raised a Baptist, Michael believes in the power and effectiveness of local church autonomy, soul freedom, and the priesthood of all believers and is committed to discovering the ways that those values can be lived out in the 21st century.

Michael also believes in the importance of reflective space. Too often church has become too complicated, when it should be simple. At First Baptist Church in Swansea, there’s a seat open, whether that’s in Michael’s office, the pews, or at the communion table.

Michael can be reached by email at pastor@firstbaptistinswansea.org and by phone at 508-379-9728. He is in his office on Tuesdays from 10-6 pm, except when he is visiting homebound members. He’d also be happy to set up a time to talk, if those times do not work for you.