barrett6Senior 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.

Elder – Earl StrawEarl2

Earl Straw has been at FBC with his wife, Nora, since October, 2011. They have been married 28 years. Earl retired from Pacific Bell after 31 years. Earl was born in Covina, CA. and has been a believer since 1971. He earned an Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education at Azusa Pacific College and looks forward to the Lord’s service at this time. 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, Nursery, and Tuesday Life group. Earl enjoys reading , gardening, exterminating gophers, movies, house repairs, going to restaurants, and staying away from sports.

Sal2Elder – 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 – 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.



IMG_3023_20141212232221860Youth Leader: Josh Dowding

Josh is married to Aracely and they have lived in Riverside most of their lives. Josh loves teaching teenagers the Word of God, digging deep into doctrine and theology. Josh enjoys reading the Puritans as well as Jonathan Edwards.

Josh leads the youth each Wednesday and Sunday.


FullSizeRenderChurch Secretary: Darlene Ford

Darlene is very gifted at administration work and is a tremendous help to the elders, deacons, and entire church in this regard. Professionally she’s been working as a paralegal for over 17 years. Darlene likes to read a lot of the old Christian writers, especially the Puritans. If she had to choose a favorite it would be Thomas Watson. When she’s not working she likes to spend her time with her three children, Jessica, Kevin and Danielle. They enjoy family activities. She’s been a believer for over 5 years. The turning point in her life was when she heard a sermon based on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. God used this sermon to convict her heart. By the grace of God she’s never been the same since.

Worship 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.