Rev. Dr. John Wilbur, 1952
September 25, 2011
Rev. Dr. John Wilbur, who died September 25th, is an ANTS alum, pastor and a member of the ANTS Board of Trustees from 1964 through 1987. At the beginning of his Board tenure he was on the Financial Development Committee and later the Contributed Services and Supplies Committee of the Finance & Management Division. He was also Board Assistant Secretary for several years. John was the colorful Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church in Beverly for more than 20 years and led that church to become one of the most recognized American Baptist Churches in the country for its community outreach ministries (starting 8 different non-profit corporations). John was an iconic figure at the New England Baptist Youth Conference in Ocean Park, ME every year, inspiring hundreds of teenagers with his unique personality and his love of sailing. He was a mentor to several ANTS grads and other Baptist leaders who have served the school and the denomination. Among them are David Hirano, Sumner Grant, George Tooze, Jonathan Gray, and Nick Carter. A memorial concert will be held at First Baptist Church Beverly on Thursday evening October 13th.