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 and serves on the faculty of North Coast Bible Institute.

His ministry passions are teaching, leadership
development, worship and missions. Dennis
has been married to his lovely wife, Linda, for
37 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.

Jeremy & Abby Towes

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 came to AFBC in 2010 and has been serving in various capacities since 2011. Though she grew up in the church, her faith was really sparked when she joined the Solid Rock Christian Fellowship. She grew tremendously in the community of authentic friendships and fiery faith. While she worked toward her bachelors degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management at HSU, Abby joined the Solid Rock leadership and worship teams. Eventually, she became part of the Sunday morning worship team as an intern. Now after graduating and getting married, Abby spends her time raising her rambunctious son August and co-leads the worship ministry with her husband Jeremy. She has a passion for growing in the knowledge of God—through experience as well as theology—and seeing those around her enjoy the same.

Peter Grebe

Director of Student Ministries

Peter grew up in San Lorenzo CA and attended First
Presbyterian Church of Hayward in Castro Valley with
his family. It was there that 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 student ministries. In 2010 he came to Humboldt State
University, where, in 2012, he graduated with a
Bachelors degree in History. In Peter’s role as our Director of Student Ministries, he oversees Solid Rock, the college ministry of AFBC, as well as Cornerstone, our High School ministry, and Da Light, our Jr. High ministry.  In addition, Peter teaches 5th and 6th Grade history, as well as music at Arcata Christian School.
Peter is happily married to his wife Gina, has two children and one on the way. Peter desires to see a group of students at AFBC whose heart for the Lord is undeniable and uncontainable.

 Sherry Kaestner                         

Church Secretary

Sherry, who has lived much of her life here028
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.

Gina Grebe

Director of Nursery Ministry

Gina Grebe came out to Humboldt County from San Jose in 2009 to attend HSU. She graduated with a BA in Dance Studies
in 2013 and has been teaching dance in the community since 2011. While in college, Gina found AFBC as a church home and Solid Rock College Fellowship as a place to build community, be discipled, and serve as a bible study leader and member of the worship team. Since graduating, Gina has served in Student Ministries and leads a Dance Ministry here at AFB. She is now our Nursery Director. Gina and her husband Peter have 3 young children and love to call Humboldt County home.

 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

                                                             Michael Baggot – Facilities Manager

Trey Bradford – College Ministry Intern

                                 Teresa Boatman - College Intern

          Teresa Boatman – College Ministry Intern

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