ABOUT US

THE ONE MOST IMPORTANT THING

Here at First Baptist, we believe the most important thing for anyone is to personally know Jesus Christ as the Savior and Leader of their life. God has revealed Himself to us in the Bible. We believe God's words to us when He said


“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." John 3:16-18 (ESV)

OUR TEAM

 MARK THOMPSON

Lead Pastor

mark@1bk.church


Pastor Mark began as our Lead Pastor in July, 2019.  He brings with him a long list of experience including youth ministry, family ministries, church planting, missions mobilization, and even coaching athletics.

Mark without a doubt has a heart and deep love for God.  He is a gifted, focused, compassionate, caring and optimistic leader who loves his flock and the community deeply!  He likes to have fun and be creative with his staff, leaders and congregation. Mark is passionate about the development of leaders and feels called by God to invest into the next generation. He is known to even laugh at his own corny jokes…..who does that?

Mark was an Air Force brat who has lived in Tacoma, Omaha, and Tokyo Japan. He attended 7th-12th grades in Porterville, California. Mark met his beautiful wife, Karen, during his undergraduate studies at Fresno State. They were married in 1987, which Mark says “was the smartest earthly decision that he’s ever made!” They have two adult sons, Christopher & Michael (wife, Brianna). The Thompson men love bass fishing and basketball. They are proud grandparents to Gracelynn who was born on Oct 15, 2018. Mark and Karen believe she is the cutest lil’ girl on the face of the earth (could be slightly biased).

 

 

Mark's hobbies include spoiling his granddaughter, basketball, fishing and studying the Word of God.

BRIAN GRIFFIN

Associate Pastor

brian@1bk.church

 

Pastor Brian is our Associate Pastor and has served in his current position for 8 years!  He is an ordained minister.  Brian has a dynamic personality and loves to serve people in his church and community!  Brian is a huge support to the Lead Pastor and manages  and coordinates our adult discipleship ministries that includes Women's Ministry, Men's Ministry, G2 Groups, DFL Groups, Security Team and FIT.  Brian is also the master mind behind and coordinates many of our outreach events in the community!  

 

Brian grew up in the valley and has been married to his wife Jill for 18 years!  Together they have three beautiful children, Evie, James and Nicholas.

 

Brian's hobbies include studying God's Word, hiking with his family in the mountains, watching movies with his family and celebrating Christmas!

 

COMING SOON

Student Ministries Pastor

PAM BARTEL

Director of Administration

pam@1bk.church

 

Pam is our Director of Administration.  She has extensive training in Administration and Human Resources.  Before she began her career at First Baptist Kingsburg she worked for AT&T in the Bay area.  She has been on staff at First Baptist Kingsburg and has served in various rolls for the past 20 years!  She overseas and manages all the finances & facilities. 


Pam was born in Dinuba, California but raised in the Silicon Valley (Santa Clara, California).  She has been married to her husband Chuck for 39 years!  Together they have three married children Holly (Joshiah), Jill (Ryan) and Matt (Kristen) all residing in Kingsburg.  Pam & Chuck will be welcoming their first grandson in 2020!

 

Pam's favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.  Her hobbies include crochet, jigsaw puzzles, reading, cooking & traveling.

LOREE BERGMAN

Director of Children's Ministries 

loree@1bk.church

 

Loree in our Director of Children's Ministries!  She oversees our children's department which includes our nursery through 6th grade students on Sunday mornings.

 

Loree grew up in Stockton, California. Loree's love for children began at a young age when she was volunteering.  Loree brings with her over 20 years experience in this field.  She helped start up her church's Preschool/Daycare in Stockton where she met her husband John while they were making 30 sandwiches for the grand opening!  She also runs her own daycare during the week! 

 

Loree loves the Lord and has a servants heart that is evident the moment you meet her!  Loree and John have three beautiful daughters Mariah, Ashlynn and  Breegan.

 

Loree's hobbies include long walks, family outings, beach days and the simple things of life!

DIANE PORTER 

Office Mgr. & Communications 

diane@1bk.church


Diane Porter is our office manager and communications specialist. She oversees and manages the general operations of the office.  She works closely with staff and volunteers and supports the pastors in a wide range of areas.  She also keeps our social media platforms, website, app, newsletter and Current up to date.  She brings 25 years experience in administrative work.  Nine of those years have been serving in the church.


Diane has a heart to serve and honor God.  She was born and raised in Williamstown, Kentucky.  Diane and her family moved to Kingsburg in February 2017.  Her husband Rob is a California native.  They have two daughters Grace & Abigail.  

 

Diane's hobbies include traveling, walking, reading, costal visits and Friday night family movie nights!

DIANE HEATH

Custodian

dianeheath@1bk.church


Diane Heath plays an important roll on our team here at First Baptist!  She is the caretaker of our facilities.  Her duties include making sure our buildings are in good order and are stocked efficiently to serve our congregants.  


Diane has a beautiful spirit and loves to study God's Word and to serve.  She has been attending First Baptist Church for over 22 years and has served in her current roll for 15 years.  Diane has two grown children, Jake (Cayton) & Krystal and two wonderful grandchildren, Brandon and Dayn.


Diane's hobbies are spending time on the coast and working jigsaw puzzles.  She also enjoys arts and crafts. 

Cara Badger

Office Assistant

cara@1bk.church

 

Cara is our office assistant!  She is the first smiling face and kind voice you will encounter when you drop by or call the church office!  Cara is kind, loving and an effective team player!  Her role includes assisting the associate pastor, children's director, youth director as well as serving the administrative staff.  

 

Cara was born in SLO and moved to the valley in 2009.  She has been attending first baptist church for 10 years with her husband Keith.  They have two daughers, Bekah & Sadie.

 

Cara's hobbies include drinking coffee, spending time with her family, baking with her daughters and patio date nights with her husband.xt...

Board of Elders

Tim Smith 

Chairman

Ken Bean 

Elder

Rick Pendergrass 

Vice-Chariman

Jason Fridolfs 

Elder

Dave Grant 

Secretary

Loren Haworth 

Elder

Brad Arnsberger 

Elder

OUR HISTORY

First Baptist Kingsburg has a long and exciting history of Gospel-centered ministry and God's faithfulness.

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