Ministry Staff

  • Eddie Pate - Senior Pastor     

    Eddie first pastored First Baptist Church, Barstow from 1986-1992. He then went overseas with the International Mission Board (SBC) for 11 years, taught missions at Liberty Seminary for a year and then taught missions and directed the Kim School of Global Missions at Golden Gate Seminary until returning to First Baptist as pastor in 2012. Eddie grew up in Anaheim, California and graduated from California Baptist College and Southwestern Seminary. He and Myrla have been married for 36 years and have four sons (three married) and three granddaughters and three grandsons!

  • Jerry Green - Pastor of Worship & Ministry     

    Jerry began as a music and youth pastor at First Baptist in the late 1980s (he and Eddie meeting first in 1986 at Jenness Park) and has been at the church for about 30 years. Along with leading worship on Sundays, Jerry leads and directs the choral ministry and the annual Christmas Program - Christmas Alive - which started in 1986. Jerry grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, graduated from Long Beach State and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Julie have been married 30 years and have two grown children (one married).

  • Rob Dent - Pastor of Students & Discipleship       

    Rob leads discipleship for the Youth Group and in Small Groups for adults. He moved here with his lovely wife, Lindsey in January, 2016. Rob grew up in Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia as a Missionary Kid. After graduating from Mississippi College in 2006, he spent 2 years overseas as a Journeyman with the International Mission Board. He is now finishing his masters degree at Gateway Seminary in Ontario, CA. The desert is still new to him, but he's falling in love with it.

  • Rich Troutman - Assistant to the Pastors

    Rich works part-time with our pastors doing memorial services, hospital visits, and contacting visitors. He is also the point person for all our Special Interest Groups Rich spent 20 years in the Army as a Chaplains Assistant during which he spent 1 year on an unaccompanied tour in Turkey. Towards the end of his military career he went back to school and graduated from California Baptist University. After retirement from the Army he was employed as the Chaplain for the State of California Veterans Home in Barstow.

  • Michelle Sibole - Kids Ministry Coordinator

    Michelle has over 23 years of experience working in Kids Ministry and does a fantastic job of coordinating all ministries and activities that include kids from birth - 6th grade. She has been married to Tom for over 25 years and is the mother of four young adults ages 12-23. Michelle is actively involved in the local 4-H group and enjoys country living.

Support Staff

  • Christal Mearig

    Church Secretary

  • Jim Webster

    Facilities & Missions

  • Susie Melton

    Financial Secretary

  • Erin Ulrich

    Financial Secretary

  • Jon Delzell