Elders

BarrettSenior Pastor – Matthew Barrett

Matthew Barrett serves as senior pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Riverside, CA. Barrett holds a B.A. from Biola University, an M.Div. in Christian Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as a Ph.D. in systematic theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine. He is the author of several books, which you can read about at matthewmbarrett.com.

 

 

EarlElder – Earl Straw

Earl has been at FBC with his wife, Nora, since October, 2011. They have been married 30 years.  Earl was born in Covina, CA.,and retired from Pacific Bell after 31 years. He has been a believer since 1971, and earned an Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education at Azusa Pacific College. Nora is a Registered Nurse, working with young mothers and their babies. They have two married daughters and one grand daughter. They love being with their FBC family and serve with Awana, Choir, and Tuesday Life group. Earl enjoys reading, movies, house repairs, going to restaurants, preparing Bible-based lessons, and fellowship with the people of God.

 

SalElder – Sal Ibarra

Although Sal was raised Catholic, he confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior in 1994 when he converted to Christianity. He loves the Lord and enjoys serving as an elder, shepherding the people of God and seeing them grow in their knowledge of the Scriptures and their love for Christ and the gospel. Sal enjoys spending time with his family and teaching the children and youth during the Sunday school hour and during children’s church. Sal and his wife have been married for over 25 years and they have one son and one daughter who have also trusted in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation. Sal and his family have been at Fellowship Baptist Church since 2000.

 

Karl

Elder and Youth Leader – Karl Newman

Karl Newman and his family have been at FBC since February 2014. He and his wife, Mercedes, have been married 15 years and have two children, Nathan and Grace. They have lived in Riverside for the past 9 years. Karl has worked in the commercial plumbing construction trade for 25 years. He enjoys studying theology and serving God by caring for his church. Along with being an Elder, Karl serves with his wife in the Awana program.

 

 

Staff

TylerWorship Leader: Tyler Gregory

Tyler has been playing the piano for 15 years and his favorite composer is Frédéric Chopin. He also enjoys movie films. He is currently a fulltime student at Cal Baptist University majoring in piano performance and minoring in films. His favorite portion of scripture is the beautiful prayer found in Jonah 2.

 

 

 

Semone Pic for Website FinChurch Secretary: Semone Simmons

Semone has worked as an Administrative Assistant for the University of California, Riverside and the California State University, Chancellor’s Office and now joins FBC. She and her family began attending FBC in April 2014. She is wife to Steve and mother of four (Rashel, DJ, Taye and Noelle). She and Steve have been married for 18 years. Their family enjoys spending time together … watching TV, discovering new libraries and hanging out at the park on cool evenings among other things. Semone was raised in the church, but it wasn’t until September 2008 that she was converted and began an authentic walk with Christ. She loves walking alongside of other women in the faith. She writes poetry and devotionals, loves reading Christian books and watching sermons that encourage her love and devotion to Christ. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Religion – Christian Counseling.