Pastoral Staff



Dennis McGuire – Lead PastorPastor D pic

Dennis is our Lead Pastor and oversees all areas pertaining to the ministry and mission of the church. Pastor “D” has a Bachelors Degree in Bible and Theology with a minor in Pastoral Care from William Jessup University and a Masters Degree in Ministry, with an emphasis in Leadership from Hope International University. Dennis has also studied at the Jack W. Hayford School of Pastoral Nurture and has served in full time ministry for about 30 years. In addition he is also the founder and director of Redwood Coast School of Missions.

His ministry passions are teaching, leadership development, worship and missions. Dennis has been married to his lovely wife, Linda, for 35 years. Dennis loves to read, fish, trap shoot and watch college football in his free time.

Click here to visit Pastor D’s personal webpage.


Worship Ministry – Jeremy and Abby Toews


 Jeremy and Abby have attended AFBC since their arrival in Humboldt and are a growing voice in worship here in the area. We are honored to have them as part of our staff. When they are not working at the church you can find Jeremy and Abby working at Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate.

Director of Worship- Jeremy Toews

Jeremy Toews came to us from Reedley CA. and is our Director of Worship Ministries. Jeremy graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music
history, theory, and composition. Shortly after coming to AFBC Jeremy became part of the Worship Team and over the years he has played bass, guitar and drums. Jeremy’s musical skills, affable personality and heart for God make a great combination in leading us in worship to our King.
Co-Director of Worship- Abby Toews

Abby Toews comes to us from Grass Valley CA and is our Co-Director of Worship Ministries assisting Jeremy in leading the Worship ministry here at AFBC. Abby graduated from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management. Abby plays the guitar, piano and bass. Abby’s musical talents, sweet personality and passion for worship makes her a great complement to Jeremy and a true blessing to our church family.



Peter Grebe -

Director of Youth Ministries

Peter grew up in San Lorenzo, a suburb of Oakland, and attended First Presbyterian Church of Hayward in Castro Valley with his family. After growing through the children’s ministry program he served as an Intern of Children’s Ministries for 2 years. This responsibility of training and equipping Junior High and High School students in serving God sparked Peter’s passion for Youth ministries. In 2010 he came to Humboldt State University, where, in 2012, he graduated with a Bachelors degree in History. While at college he also met his wife Gina who also serves as an Intern for our Youth Ministry. Peter has served on the leadership team in Solid Rock, the college ministry of Arcata First Baptist, and teaches 5th and 6th Grade history, as well as music at Arcata Christian School. Peter desires to see a group of youth at Arcata First whose heart for the Lord is undeniable and uncontainable.




Sherry Kaestner -                        Sherry

Church Secretary

Sherry, who has lived much of her life here along the beautiful Redwood Coast, has a background of owning and operating her own business. In addition, Sherry has a wealth of experience in customer service and operations, as well as finances. Along with her excellent work background and affable personality, she also has gifts of administration, helps, service and hospitality which makes her a great fit to serve as our Secretary here at Arcata First Baptist Church.




Kristina Aultman -

Director of Nursery Ministry

Kristina was born and raised in the Central Valley area and moved to Arcata in 1992. Kristina and her husband Mark have 5 children combined and 3 very adorable grandchildren. Their two youngest children both attend Arcata Christian School. Kristina is also involved in AWANA teaching Sparks (Kindergarten – 2nd Grade). Kristina has a great heart for children and does a fantastic job taking care of, praying for, and ministering to our little ones. Kristina has been on staff at AFBC since 2004.







Linda McGuire -

Director of Children’s Ministry

Linda was raised in a Christian family and grew up near Chico, California on a dairy farm. She was baptized when she was 11 years old and has fond memories of her church life and growing up on the farm. Linda attended William Jessup University where she met and eventually married Pastor Dennis. Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology with a  minor in Christian Education and an emphasis in Missions.

Linda has taught most of her professional career in private Christian schools ranging all the way from Kindergarten to Eighth grade. Most recently she worked as an Office Manager for 4 years at a Montessori preschool. Linda also served 15 years as the Children’s Christian Education Director at a church in Southern California where Dennis served as the Senior Pastor. Linda has strong people skills and her gifts are in the areas of administration, teaching, helps and leadership.


Support Staff

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           India Nzila – Prayer Director                                        Alexandra Carter – College Intern


           Sarah Navarro                                       Kristen

    Sarah Navarro – High School Intern                          Kristen Bryant – Children’s Ministry Intern


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