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.



 Jason Wells

Leadership Coach / ConsultantJason Wells

Jason Wells is a seasoned and humble servant in God’s kingdom. Jason has a dual Masters Degree in Counseling and Ministry from Cincinnati Christian University. He has served as a College Pastor and Senior Pastor for a number of years. Most recently Jason became the Founder & Director of Lost Coast Transformation Center where he serves as a counselor, life coach, leadership coach, speaker and consultant, serving both individuals and organizations. Jason and Lost Coast Transformation Center is now partnering with us as a leadership coach and
consultant to Solid Rock our College/Career ministry; as well the
broader leadership base at AFBC. Jason is married and has
two children. He and his family attend Arcata First Baptist Church.

Click here to visit Jason’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, 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                         028

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.




Sarah Price

Director of Nursery Ministry/ High School Ministry Intern

Sarah Navarro

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


India Nzila – Prayer Director



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



Alexandra 2                                    Teresa Boatman - College Intern

Alexandra Carter – College Ministry Intern              Teresa Boatman – College Ministry Intern


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