Meet the Team

Our staff considers it a great privilege to serve the people of FBC!

Matt Skrabec

Lead Pastor

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, and a son, Shepherd. The four of them love Benicia and are excited about what God is doing here!

Lee Pilgreen

Family & Connections 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.

Janice Mannion

Church Administrator

Janice 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.

Deron Shackleford

Worship Director

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.

Carlene Hunt

Hospitality & Connections Director

Carlene 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


Steve Fretwell, Ryan Habegger, Carlene Hunt, Todd Wheeler, Dan Wolke, Wendy Young