We are thrilled at this new beginning, and look forward to welcoming Amy, her husband Sean, and their boys, Aaron and Aiden, to the First Baptist community later this summer. Read below for more on our newest Associate Pastor.
Amy Grizzle Kane comes to First Baptist Greensboro having served for the last 10 years as the Minister of Adults and Outreach at South Main Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. Prior to her ministry at South Main, Amy was a Pastoral Resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas from 2005-2007. She is a graduate of Duke University Divinity School (MDiv, 2005) and Furman University (BA in Religion, 2000).
The daughter of a Baptist pastor, Amy’s love for congregational and community ministry has grown throughout her adult life. Amy describes herself as a minister with “a passion for preaching, missions, Christian education, outreach, and crafting faithful worship. I am deeply relational, collaborative, consistently organized, and a creative community builder.” In her call to First Baptist Greensboro, Amy is excited to lead us further in understanding mission and service as integral to a life of faith and an extension of our baptism as followers of Jesus.
In addition to her local church ministry, Amy has been active in denominational and community leadership, including serving as the Moderator of the CBF of Texas, 2014-2016. In 2010, she was honored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship with their annual “Young Baptist Award,” recognizing excellence in ministry among young Baptist ministers.
Watch Amy’s faith story from Sunday’s worship service:
Watch a few of Amy’s past sermons:
“First Baptist Greensboro, it’s great to know that you and Amy are meeting each other! I hold your church and Amy in such high regard! In my experience it doesn’t get better than this–to see people you love and respect yoked together in a wonderful endeavor! I celebrate your choice and will continue to hold each and all of you in my heart and in my prayers! May God bless and use you mightily!”
-Dr. Hardy Clemons, Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church (Greenville, SC)
“Amy Grizzle Kane is an experienced and very gifted minister. She has served for over twelve years in two Texas churches, providing strong, attentive leadership for those congregations. Through her gifts of administration, preaching, and pastoral care, Amy has been a steady, warm and welcoming presence for those with whom she has ministered. She is a collaborative partner in the work of the church, always ready to listen and work with others, including those whose beliefs may differ from her own. In this season of life, Amy is eager to imagine and discover new God-given gifts within herself and among the members of First Baptist Church, Greensboro.”
-Dr. Pam Durso, Executive Director, Baptist Women in Ministry
“Amy makes everyone and everything better by her gifts and graces. She knows church ministry well and wants it done well. She loves the church and the church she loves always loves her back. First Baptist, you’re in for a burst of energy and a growing gladness in your life together.”
-Dr. George Mason, Senior Pastor, Wilshire Baptist Church (Dallas, TX)
“I believe that God will bless FBC through Amy and her family and Amy and her family through FBC. Amy is a gifted minister – a strong and vibrant preacher, a caring listener, a discerning colleague, and an organizing force of nature. The more I learn about FBC, the more I marvel at the way God brings together gifts and needs for service to God’s kingdom. Amy will be a tide on which all the ships rise – she brings an inner commitment to excellence in all she does and an explicit desire for those around her to give the same. Amy and Sean are eager for a place to raise their two sons – which means you may be blessed by their gifts for a long time. I celebrate with you her gifts and her calling!”
-Dr. Steve Wells, Senior Pastor, South Main Baptist Church (Houston, TX)
A Word From Amy
In the Acts account of God giving the promised gift of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost as the church was born, Peter reminds the new believers that “God’s promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away” (Acts 2:39). God’s promise of love and light and by extension, the call of Christ to share that same grace with our neighbor, is for all of us no matter our age or circumstance. Each of us is uniquely situated to share God’s love with those around us. I understand the Christian church to be a tapestry of God’s people, a steward of God’s resources, and a beacon of God’s hope and justice to the local community and beyond.
Collaborative ministry is part of my DNA and has been a joyful part of my ministerial experience so far; I am excited to join and learn from the amazing team of ministers at First Baptist as well. I am also excited to help offer leadership to the residency program as I continue to value all I learned and experienced as a former pastoral resident myself.
My family and I joyfully and prayerfully anticipate loving you and having you love us as we serve God together in the First Baptist and Greensboro communities.