Our Leadership Team
 
John Bosic
 
Pastor

 

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 at this church.  Since coming to trust in Jesus in High School I have enjoyed serving in ministry as a youth pastor for 22 years (in Wichita, Kansas for 12 years, then in Scottsdale, Arizona for 10 years) and for the past 6 years in different roles primarily focused on preaching and teaching in Scottsdale until answering the call to come here in September 2016.  It has been a wonderful experience and I am humbled that the Lord would have me serve in these ways.

I have a wonderful wife, Dawn (25+years being married), and we are empty nesters. Our daughters (Stephanie and Heidi) live in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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

Don Meister
Don Meister
 
Elder
 
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
 
Elder
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
Elder
 

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
 
Elder
 
 
Jesus Velarde
 
Elder
 
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
 
 
Isabel was born and raised in Salinas, Ca. She grew up as a pastors kid and has done a lot of volunteer work at church and at community events. She now attends CSUMB and is hoping to pursue a career in the Film industry.