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.
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 College/Career and Young Marrieds Ministries
Jared is a recent graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a MDIV degree in Biblical Languages. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University in Higher Education; as well as a Bachelors Degree in Bible and Theology from William Jessup University. Jared’s ministry background involves working with college students, missions, discipleship, counseling and prayer ministry. Jared also serves as the Ministry Leader of Humboldt State Universities Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Jared loves the outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping, basketball and disc golf. Jared is married to his lovely wife Meredith, who is a great ministry partner and is also a graduate of Azusa Pacific University.
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.
Abby graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Abby grew up in a Christian home in Modesto, CA and is well acquainted with church life. Shortly after graduating from Evangel University she moved to Humboldt in 2014 where she served as a teacher at New Life Christian School in Fortuna. Abby has attended Arcata First Baptist Church since her arrival to Humboldt. She lives in Arcata and loves the ocean and outdoors. Abby feels her gifts of service, helps, administration and hospitality provide a great fit to serve as Secretary for AFBC and so do we!
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.
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.
India Nzila – Prayer Director Alexandra Carter – College Intern
Sarah Navarro – High School Intern Wohali Bishop - College Intern
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