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First Baptist Church

• Adult Spiritual Formation Class, Sundays at 9:00am
• Worship Service, Sundays at 10:30am
• (831) 422-9872
• 1130 San Vincente Ave
Salinas, CA 93901
Corner of Blanco Rd and San Vincente Ave
Welcome to FBC Salinas! At FBC Salinas we have a three-pronged vision: One Message (Love God, Love People), One Purpose (Make Disciples), One Response (Worship Jesus Christ). We desire to help people encounter the life-altering grace of Jesus Christ through collectively worshiping the Lord through singing, prayer, generosity, interacting with one another, and proclaiming the timeless truth found in God’s Word.  We hope that you find a spiritual home here at FBC Salinas and experience how the Lord desires to walk with you through life.
Calendar of Events

How Did FBC Salinas Start?
On a spring day in 1869, two school teachers, Saphronia Harvey Clark and Clara Westlake Telford, along with mutual friends, discussed the need to start a Bible hour and singing time in their school room. They decided to form the Union Sunday School and launched with a picnic on May 1st of that year. To their delight, the Sunday school quickly grew and on the first Sunday in May 1874, with 16 members present, the Reverend WT Green preached the first official sermon at Kern Hall on Main Street. Later in the year a lot was purchased on W. Alisal where God made the way for a church building to be erected in 1875.
The church continued to grow and move as the need arose. In the early 1960’s, the church body prayerfully sought a new and larger site to accommodate the growing congregation. They secured our current home on a four-acre lot at the corner of Blanco Road and San Vincente Avenue. Although the property was purchased a few years after this decision was made, the congregation carefully saved their money and eventually built the current facility holding its first service in 1975.
First Baptist Church has a wonderful and rich history filled with the love of God and a heart for people, fulfilling Christ’s command to love God and love your neighbor. Today that core value continues to live on as we share the Gospel with all who will listen and to minister to those in our community. We have a loving and concerned body that has stayed the course through many generations. With God’s guidance we will continue to grow in the love and wisdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
With such a long history, FBC Salinas has made it a priority to preserve the church’s history. We have cherished artifacts, maintained notes, and treasured our history as it not only plays a part in our past, but also propels us into the future. If you’re curious to learn more of the church’s history and how it fits into the history of the Salinas Valley, please contact the church office.
Ministries & Activitie
Melody Park Christian School has offered quality early education to potty-trained children 2.5-5 years of age in Monterey County since it was established in 1979.Melody Park Christian School
A Life Group is a group of people (2-20) who gather on a regular basis in homes, at the church or in a restaurant for the purpose of growing in relationship with God and each other. A Life Group is one way of making a large church personal.
Life Groups
Meeting the physical needs of the body of Christ is the essence of why the Care Ministry exists. It is an expression of fellow Christians in the church who have banded together with intentionality to care for other members in the church with real, practical help.Care and Prayer Ministry
                     Music Ministry 
Our Leadership Team
John Bosic


I have had the privilege of serving as Sr. Pastor at First Baptist Church of Salinas since September 2016 and consider it one of the greatest privileges of my life to serve here as pastor.  Since graduating from Wheaton College in 1988 I have served in three churches (Wichita, Kansas and Scottsdale, Arizona) in various capacities before accepting the call to come to serve as Sr. Pastor at FBC Salinas in the Fall of 2016. 

I have a wonderful wife, Dawn (32+years being married), two grown daughters, one son-in-law, and three of the most precious granddaughters on the planet.

If you can’t find me at the church, there is a chance that I could be on a golf course playing the most wonderful game in the world.

Don Meister
I was raised in a Christian home at a time when Sunday morning began with children in the neighborhood gathered on the corner waiting for the Sunday School bus to take them to church. I gave my heart to the Lord as an early teen and was baptized at the Glad Tidings Temple in San Francisco. A career in the produce industry brought our family to Salinas in 1990 and FBC in 1992.  I first became involved in church leadership as an adult Sunday School teacher. Over the years I have also served as Sunday School Superintendent, Moderator, and on various committees. My passion continues to be teaching in any format that serves to edify God’s people and to encourage others. I love to read, study, listen to sermons, and annually attend two pastoral conferences including the Shepherd’s Conference in Sun Valley, California. Among my favorite authors are James Montgomery Boice, R.C. Sproul, Mark Dever, and John MacArthur. My wife, Johnna, and I raised two wonderful sons who are both married and serving the Lord in their respective churches.  We have four beautiful grandchildren who bring joy to our lives.
Conway Coe
I was born and raised in a Christian home in Taiwan. After graduating from Pharmacy school, I came to the US in 1979 for my Master’s program in Pharmacology at theUniversity of the Pacific,Stockton,CA.
Before I left Taiwan, I met my future wife, Marji, at a YMCA where she was my English teacher. We have three children: two sons and one daughter. Marji had a profound influence on my spiritual walk with Christ. God had never been so personal to me until I met Marji. I thank God every single day for graciously sharing Marji with me for 40 years. I am still learning to rejoice always and to give thanks in all circumstances.I worked as a pharmacist for over thirty years and retired at the end of 2017. I have taught small group Bible studies since 2008, and occasionally, teach Spiritual Formation classes. Chuck Swindoll was my spiritual mentor during my formative years as a Christ follower. I enjoy reading, playing guitar and piano. I love to play tennis and bike riding. The pictures of my two grandchildren I receive from my children
always make my day.
Don Desmond

At the age of 28, Don accepted the Lord to be his personal Savior and was baptized here. He became involved with the property committee and feels blessed to be part of the many building projects through the years. Don feels called to this opportunity of serving as an elder and is excited to see what God has planned for our church. Don is married to wife, Sandy, and they have two adult children, Brent and Kylie.

Jim Martin
I dedicated my life to Christ and was baptized in 1997 while living Florida. Soon, I was introduced to the Nursing Home Ministry at the church I was attending, and found my calling to minister to resident in skilled nursing facilities. Today, I serve at First Baptist Church in the Prayer and Care Ministry, caring for the needs of others including those in nursing homes.I am married to my wife Karen who has two children and four grandchildren. We love traveling to visit them in Washington and Indiana as well as visiting my three sisters living in Florida. I also enjoy riding my bike and playing golf in my spare time. 
Jesus Velarde
Jesus came to First Baptist Church because of Streets of Bethlehem. He came from México with an unusual  sickness becoming quadriplegic. Through accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, he was healed. Jesus is involved as a Spiritual Care Volunteer at Salinas Memorial Hospital and helps with encouragement and taking the word of God to people at Victory Mission.
Lorraine Aguirre
Director of Children’s Ministry
Lorraine was a long-time volunteer in the FBC Children’s Ministry program before answering the call to come on staff. She has a long successful history of kid’s ministry, AWANA,
& VBS. She is devoted to her husband James & their children.
Johnna Meister
Business Manager
Having worked many years in retail and with ten years of banking experience, I began as office manager at First Baptist Church and Melody Park Christian School in 1996. Becoming business manager in 2006 I have enjoyed a variety of financial responsibilities, problem solving, and making connections with the families of Melody Park. God became real in my life when I was baptized at the age of eight. I have moved in and out of his presence at times; knowing Him better and growing in Him as the years pass. I am delighted and humbled by His mercy to me and rest in His saving grace. My husband, Don, and I are blessed with two grown sons who serve the Lord, and four beautiful grandchildren. Any leisure time I have is spent reading, watching English production TV, traveling to love on my grandchildren, cooking and trying new recipes.
Isabel Orejel
Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised on the Central Coast and I have been attending a Baptist church since I was 5 years old. I have been blessed to have been raised going to church and having a pastor as a father. I have been on staff here at FBC since 2021 as an administrative assistant. My work here consists of creating posters, announcements, banners, and any other promotional material. I also assist other ministries with any help they need with promoting their ministries/events. 

I am a senior at Cal State Monterey Bay, I will obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Cinematic Arts and Technology in December. Some of my hobbies include hiking, baking, filmmaking, and photography.

Adam and Jennifer Penrose
Directors of Music Ministry
We are excited to share leadership of the Music & Tech Ministry here at FBC Salinas. As leaders, we understand that a congregation learns its theology by the songs they sing, not just by what is preached. We desire the music we select, whether it be old or new, to be Christ-exalting, Gospel-rich, and God-centered. We want the lyrics to be solid and the songs to be beautiful. Everyone has unique opinions about music – it is a medium that reaches us at an emotional level. We understand this, which is why we work hard to provide a variety of musical styles and genres.

We met each other during a worship service at this church in 2010. Jennifer was singing on the worship team and Adam was a new attendee. Both being teachers and having a profound fondness for music, we instantly found a connection and were married in 2012. It was then 10 years later, in 2022, when we joined as co-directors of the ministry. We value the time we spend with our church LifeGroup and have three children who are active in our church’s AWANAs program. We look forward to worshiping with you every Sunday!
Tracie Brown
Director of Adult Spiritual Development

God has been leading me on an amazing journey!”

Tracie grew up in the Sacramento area, then traveled to Fresno for college.  In Fresno, she had years of experience with youth, college, and inner-city ministries.  Tracie earned a Bachelor degree in counseling from Fresno State University and a Master of Divinity from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary.

Here at FBC, she has been volunteering since 2010 in various ministries including music, college/young adult, women’s ministry, missions committee, and youth.  God led her to come on staff with FBC starting in February 2023!   Her role at FBC includes Bible Studies, community outreach, and more.

When not at church she continues her role as the “Pie Lady” (bakery manager) at The Farm off Hwy 68.

Tracie has been happily married to Dave since 2006, and has lived in the Salinas Valley since 2009


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