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.


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 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,peter
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                         

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.


Christine Endo

Church Secretary 

Christine is from the little island of Lanai in Hawaii.
She is fairly new to the Redwood Coast and other than
Hawaii has spent 10 years in Oregon, 23 years in San
Francisco and 16 years in L.A. After
3 years of study at
the University of Oregon, she earned a Bachelor of Arts
degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University
in San Francisco. Christine has worked at major stock
firms, including Charles Schwab  for 9 years
where she worked as a project manager. Her work passion
is in creating organizational excellence and along with her
servants heart provides skills and a extensive background
that is a complement to our Secretarial team. Christine’s
favorite scriptures are Revelation 3:20 and Luke 23:33-34.
Among other interests she enjoys sewing, cooking, dancing,
creative writing and all forms of art.



Sarah Price

Director of Nursery Ministry/ High School Ministry Intern

We are delighted to have Sarah Price on staff as our
Interim Director of Nursery Ministries. Sarah has
worked with college, youth and children throughout
the number of years she has been attending AFBC.
Sarah graduated from Humboldt State University with
a degree in Elementary Education and teaches locally
at one of our public schools. Sarah also worked as an
after school day care worker at our very own Arcata
Christian School and also served there as a substitute
teacher. Sarah has also been serving in our nursery
ministry for a few years and so she is well acquainted
with the children and those who will be serving alongside
of her in taking care of our precious little ones at AFBC.





 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



Dominique Richards – Youth Ministry Intern            Kristen Bryant – Children’s Ministry Intern



                                    Teresa Boatman - College Intern

              Teresa Boatman – College Ministry Intern


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