Matt began as Lead Pastor at FBC in February of 2017. After growing up in Sacramento, CA he moved to Denver, CO where he completed his MDiv at Denver Seminary. Matt and his wife, Amber, are so glad to be back in Northern California! Matt’s passion in ministry is to teach the Bible, share the good news of Jesus, and shepherd those who call our church “home.” Matt has a love for sports and the great indoors: books, movies, naps, and eating good food. Matt and Amber have one daughter, Zoe. The three of them love Benicia and are excited about what God is doing here!
Youth and Family Pastor
Lee began as Family Pastor at FBC in August of 2017. He grew up in Monroe, Louisiana and God has led him on many paths to get to Benicia, CA. Lee and his wife Lindsey have two young children, Brendan and Harper. Lee loves being outside as much as possible and cherishes family time as much as he can get it. Lee’s passion in ministry is to help families develop a structure within the home where the gospel of Jesus Christ is front and center.
Deron grew up in Benicia and has been at FBC for over 30 years, since he was invited to Vacation Bible School. Through the years he has sung in a variety of choirs and with the worship team. In addition to his worship service responsibilities, he also directs the FBC kid’s choir, and co-chairs “A Walk Thru Bethlehem”. In his free time, he enjoys time with friends and family, game nights, and his guilty pleasure – reality TV competition shows. FBC is where he found his faith and his home.
Church AdministratorJanice is originally from the East Coast but has called the Bay Area home for the past twenty years. For over 15 years, Janice has called FBC home and has the privilege of working here as its office manager. Janice is currently working towards her AS in Early Childhood Education so that sometime in the near future, she can achieve her goal to become a preschool teacher.
Kristin De Mers
Kristin was born and raised in Benicia. She earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and minor in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University. Kristin’s day job is with Kaiser Permanente in their National Headquarters. Not only does Kristin serve FBC as our Director of Connections, but she also sits as the Vice-Chair of the Young Life Board of Directors for Benicia. Kristin has a real enthusiasm for people and building relationships with and between them. When she’s not greeting you on Sunday mornings, she is out-and-about with her two young boys and husband. Her hobbies? Well she doesn’t have much time for those, but she looks forward to sneak-away trips with her family or friends and a good cup of coffee. Come say “Hi!” to her at the Welcome Table on Sunday Mornings!
Hospitality DirectorCarlene attended FBC as a child with her family. She met her husband, Larry while walking to school and he too began worshipping at FBC. Carlene and Larry have two children, Amy and Justin and two grandchildren, Chasen and Brysen. Together they have led Youth Groups, taught Sunday School, directed Vacation Bible School and enjoyed feeding their church family! She enjoys watching her grandchildren play sports, camping, crafts and sharing hospitality with her friends, family and larger community. Carlene serves FBC in countless ways, using her gifts to help our church connect, serve others, and welcome people in.
Board of Directors:
Ron Garcia, Ryan Habegger, Carlene Hunt, Steve Fretwell, Maggie Gutnik, Dan Wolke