Leadership Staff

Mike Garman

Pastor Mike was born in England and raised in Southern California. Raised by godly parents, Pastor Mike attended church every Sunday from the time he was a young child. He felt God’s call of salvation on his life at the age of nine. Upon graduating high school, he began attending bible college to learn more…

Gus Bess

For over four decades, Gus Bess has been encouraging men and women of God along their journey with Jesus the Christ. A motivational speaker, evangelist, church planter an pastor, Gus loves to share his unique story of being overwhelmed by God’s grace. Gus grew up in Southern California and Hawaii. As a young man, Gus Bess dreamed of…

Shelanie Voorheis

Shelanie is a classically trained pianist and accomplished vocalist. She has been performing vocally and instrumentally since she was very young. She is thankful for the many opportunities given to her as a young girl to offer her musical gifts to the Lord during special music times at her church, as well as for the opportunities…

Nick Nowakowski

FBC has a special place in Nick’s heart as he came to know the Lord here at the age of 15. Originally from Southern California, he has lived in Paso Robles since the age of 8. After being born again, Nick was discipled, grew in faith and wisdom, and almost felt the call of God on…

Jay Ables

Jay and his wife, Janet, both grew up in north Texas before moving to Washington, DC and then Los Angeles while Jay worked for the U.S. Government.  After a brief career with the government, Jay was called into ministry.  After studying at The Master’s Seminary, Jay has spent 12 years in church ministry and 10…

Mark Burggraf

Mark and his wife, Donna have served in children’s ministry for over 20 years.  Their passion is seeing children and youth come to know, love, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ both here in Paso Robles and through Awana missions all over the world.  In addition to directing the local Awana program for the last…

Mike Goodman

Mike and Carole Goodman began attending First Baptist Church twenty-four years ago. They were married in 1963, raised two sons and a daughter, ten grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Born in Southern California Mike moved his family to rural Templeton in 1976, they opened and operated the Outlet Tool Supply Company in Atascadero, 1976-2011. Mike claimed…