Rev. Dennis K. McDonald

Minister Pro Re Nada (PRN)

Denny serves as Minister Pro Re Nada (as needed) taking on a variety of projects to further the ministry of FBCM. He also leads the IMPACT Massillon ministry for the Massillon Area Clergy Association.  Denny made his commitment to Jesus in 1978, was immersed at FBCM in 1979.  To satisfy his hunger to know scripture he attended Ashland Theological Seminary and received a M.A. in Biblical Studies in 1986.  He also has a B.S.C.E from Ohio Northern University (1972), and a M.S.E. from the University of Akron (1976). He was ordained by the American Baptist Churches USA in March 1987. He is married to Catharine (Cathy) L. McDonald and has a son Scott, daughter Melanie, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren, all living locally.

From February 1986 until July 1993, Denny served as Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Covenant Baptist Church in Barberton, Ohio (no longer exists).  In November 1993 he served as Interim Pastor at Newman Baptist church and in June 1994 he was called as Sr. Pastor. Denny served Newman until January 2016 (over 22 years) turning the ministry over to his successor who he mentored.  Throughout his ministry Denny has followed the Pauline example of bi-vocational leadership, earning his living in engineering. Over the years he served Camp Koinonia as Director of Sr. High camp for 22 seasons and on their Board of Trustees for 12 years. In the Akron Association he has served on the Executive Committee and as Youth Commission Chair and regularly attends Association meetings.  He is currently serving his second 3-year term on the ABC Ohio Regional Board. 

For 42 years Denny was also employed at the Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group (May 1972 - June of 2014) when he retired with the title “Technical Fellow”.  He held a variety of positions in engineering and management and specialized in advanced environmental technologies. Until retirement he was a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, and a member of ASME.  He chaired an ASME code committee for six years, holds 18 patents, has written over 47 internationally published technical papers, and contributed chapters in five technical books, including three editions of "STEAM - its generation and use”.