Leadership

Allen Barnes

Lead Pastor 

As Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church since 2013, Allen’s goal is to share the Bible in a way that’s clear, understandable, engaging, and life-transforming. Allen has a Master of Divinity Degree from Talbot Theological Seminary and has been teaching the Bible since junior high; something he loves to do.   Married in 1990, Allen and Heidi complement each other as a couple and raised two sons, Jake and Grant. Originally from southern California, they are now enjoying the beauty of the Monterey Bay and serving here at FBC.

Jeff Eitzen

Associate Pastor

Jeff grew up in the Central Valley of California and has ministered at FBC since 2012.   He has a BS degree in Biblical Pastoral Studies and continued his studies at Western Seminary Phoenix.   Jeff has ministry experience with Worship and Arts, Discipleship, and Students.  His heart's desire is to see the church gathered passionately for Jesus and actively loving those around them in tangible ways of outreach. Jeff and Lynn have been married since 1986 and together they have raised three children  - Megan, Whitney and Noah.   Jeff enjoys making music in his recording studio, doing production work and loves riding motorcycle with his son!  

Stephen Kolesar

Pastor of Student Ministries

Stephen comes to us from San Jose where he grew up.  He studied Youth Ministry at William Jessup University and graduated in 2012. That year he married his long time friend and ministry partner Lauren.  God brought them to FBC in 2014 where they enjoy serving together in student ministries and are now parents to Hailey and Emma.  Stephen is currently pursuing a Masters of Biblical and Theological Studies from Western Seminary.  Stephen enjoys being outdoors hiking, playing sports, and exploring.  He races his car (legally) with the BMW Car Club of America and loves spending time with family, friends, and students. 

Coleen Elliott

Children's Ministry Director

Coleen is native to Watsonville and joined the FBC staff in 2018 after being a dedicated volunteer since she started attending in 2015.  She loves children and their excitement in learning about Jesus brings her great joy.  Her prayer is for them to have spiritual seeds planted which will one day grow into a beautiful faith in God.  Coleen also loves to read, craft, and all things kids (including Disneyland!).  She and her husband Mike are happily married since 2004 and are busy with their two kids Matthew and Makayla, as well as helping with Girl Scouts, and swim teams. 

Karen Dyck

Office Administrator

The "hub" of all church activity can be found with Karen.  She has managed the office since 2001 and wears many hats.  She and her husband Ron have been married since 1988 and have three grown children: Timothy, Jeffrey, and Emily.  When she isn't in the office, Karen is busy with Scouts BSA as the SC County District Advancement Coordinator.  She enjoys reading, crafts (mainly crocheting, knitting, and sewing).  Karen also enjoys watching the Hallmark Channel, cooking, and spending time with her kids whenever she can.

Karen Wiser

Bookkeeper

Karen attended FBC since childhood and over the years, has served in a variety of ministries.  She became a regular part of the staff team in 2001.  Although she never envisioned herself as a bookkeeper when she was younger, she really enjoys her job.  Karen and Bob married in 1976, have four grown children and six grandchildren.  Karen also enjoys sewing, knitting, counted cross-stitch and spending time with her family.

Board of Elders

  • David Martin
  • David Von der Mehden
  • Rex Hsei
  • Paul Couchman
  • Phil Thimell
  • Mark Friedley