The Reverend Doctor Yaliang Zhao
As you get to know our church, we hope you will find a variety of opportunities to connect with our members and friends in meaningful ways, and plenty of opportunities to serve God within our community. I hope that you will come and worship God with us and perhaps find a spiritual home here at The First Baptist Church in Woburn. 

About Our Pastor

Yaliang Zhao joined us in 2017 as our lead pastor. She came with more than ten years of ministry experience in a Chinese Christian church and two years of youth pastoring experience in a multicultural, multigenerational church in MA.  

Pastor Yaliang was born and reared in Xi’an, China. She was taught to be an atheist and later turned agnostic in her teenager years. She graduated from Peking University in China with a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. with a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience.  

She was compelled to become a believer of Jesus Christ in 2000, and first heard God’s call to “drop your job and serve the church” in 2005 when she was working as a senior scientist in Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (now Pfizer). She struggled with “the Call” and finally went back to school in 2012, this time to the seminary.  

At First Baptist Church of Woburn he expects to lead the next phase of our church in terms of direction and purpose of mission for the future and its place in the extension of Christ’s kingdom.  

She graduated from Christian University Global Net with a M.A. degree in Religion and is now a Doctor of Ministry degree candidate at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, majoring in Pastoral Theology in Practice.  The mission statement in her life is: "I must be about my Father’s business." (Luke 2:49)

Pastor Yaliang is happily married to Dr. Yan Feng, her college classmate. Together, they have three lovely kids: Kimberly, Samuel and Timothy. When she is not preaching, teaching or counseling, you will find her on the tennis court playing, on the mountain hiking or skiing, or at sea swimming.


Welcome to First Baptist Church!

The First Baptist Church in Woburn, Massachusetts is an open, welcoming and faithful community following the teachings of Jesus Christ. We open wide our doors to all people who long to be a part of a vital congregation where:

God is worshipped in prayer and praise
Children, youth and adults grow closer to God and closer to one another
The Word of God is studied and lived
People are refreshed in spirit
One’s faith life, questions and spirituality are validated and accepted
The Gospel is proclaimed
Disciples of Jesus Christ are nurtured and encouraged to join the ministries and missions of our community of faith and the wider Church mission within the world.