Greg C Cochran PicSenior Pastor – Gregory C. Cochran

Greg has been married for over 27 years to his lovely wife Vickie, and they have seven fantastic children, including two little boys they have adopted from Ethiopia. He currently works as the Director of Applied Theology at California Baptist University. Greg has a Ph.D. in Ethics from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Prior to moving to Riverside, Greg pastored Cedar Grove Baptist Church.  Greg has more than 15 years of pastoral experience as well as a deep love for proclaiming God’s Word. He believes in expository preaching, has a genuine heart for the Gospel and a love for the body of Christ.

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.



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.




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 worked as an Administrative Assistant for the University of California, Riverside and the California State University, Chancellor’s Office before becoming part of the FBC staff. She and her family began attending FBC in April 2014. She is wife to Steve, mother of five children, and grandmother of 6. 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 encouraging other women in the faith. She writes poetry and devotionals, enjoys reading Christian books and watching sermons that encourage her devotion to Christ. She is currently pursuing a degree in Christian Ministries at California Baptist University.