At First Baptist Church we believe in going beyond the border because it’s a way to love, it’s a way to reflect God, and its a way to reach out.


Lemma Asfaw

Sendafa, Ethiopia

Gus Bess

Overwhelmed By Grace
Gus Bess, as OBG teaches, trains, and mentors leaders to live overwhelmed by grace, their lives are refreshed, their homes are refreshed, the work place is refreshed, and the church is refreshed. Living overwhelmed by grace builds community in the office, the church and in the home. This is the message of Overwhelmed By Grace. Gus Bess’s passion is to communicate that message wherever and whenever God allows.Overwhelmed By Grace is a ministry devoted to church revitalization and pastor/ministry leadership refreshment.

Danny & Philippa Brooks

Ethnos360: Philippines

Danny, Philippa, Isabela and Judah Brooks have been serving with Ethnos360 for twenty years now. Danny is Director of Church Planting in the Philippines. They are involved in equipping missionaries and serving the church in the Philippines to see churches established among unreached people groups and to see them grow in maturity. They thank the Lord for the privilege of serving the Lord in this way and are burdened for the many unreached still waiting to hear the Word of God presented to them in their own language and culture.

Acts 20:24
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given to me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

Mark Burggraf

Awana Ministries

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 15 years, Mark and Donna also serve on the California Central Coast Awana Board, and are also Awana Global Missionaries concentrating on bringing the gospel to children across eastern Africa.

Central Coast Youth for Christ

YFC is an evangelistic youth organization which ministers to approximately 300-500 youth per month on the central coast.

Child Evangelism Fellowship

CEF’s goal is to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Jesus Christ and to establish (disciple) them in the Word of God and in a local church for Christian living.

Darren Johnson
P.O. Box 1784, Atascadero, CA 93422
(805) 461-1146

Nancie Dellaganna

ABWE: Bangladesh
Born and raised in Paso Robles, Nancie is a medical missionary to the people of Bangladesh at Malumghat Hospital. She also helps start AWANA programs for children in that country.

Dress a Girl

Dress a Girl Ministry meets the 2nd Saturday of each month in Room 109 from 10am – 2pm.

Contact Marianne Blevins for more info (805) 610-6739.

Keith & Debbie Gandy

BBFI: Germany
Keith and Debbie have been missionaries to Germany for over 20 years. Keith started and currently pastors a church in Aschaffenburg. The church has about 250-300 people in attendance and is one of the largest Protestant churches in Europe. They have three adult children.

Darrell Janzen, Mitch Janzen

(805) 544-3000
PO Box 1667, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

Loaves & Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is a cooperative ministry of Christian churches of the Paso Robles area responding to emergency needs of persons seeking help. They serve as a clearing house, referring clients to churches and other agencies where they might receive the help they need. They accept donations of food which they give out to those in need of assistance. Donations are accepted at Loaves and Fishes, 2650 Spring St., Paso Robles, 238-4742. Food donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9am to 11am, 2pm to 4pm and Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 to 7pm. The morning hour deliveries are received at the back door.

Loree Lucasi

Loree & her husband Doming came to Christ through the Bible translation ministry of Joanne Shetler. Doming is now home with the Lord but Loree carries on the ministry in Bayombong and Balangao. She helps oversee many churches in their area as well as house college students who attend school in the city. Loree runs a very large Vacation Bible School program in the spring for many churches in their area. She has five children and four grandchildren.

Tom & Nicole Nelson

The Navigators
Tom and Nicole Nelson have served for 4 years on staff with The Navigators in San Luis Obispo. It is their  privilege and joy to invest in the students at Cal Poly and Cuesta College. As a family, they have committed their lives to helping students, both Christian and non-Christian, have their hearts transformed by God’s grace and honestly engage their culture about the ultimate joy, security, and peace found in Jesus.

Erick & Mary Ann Reinstedt

True Life Christian Fellowship, Lockwood, CA
Erick & Mary Ann pastor True Life Christian Fellowship in Lockwood. They also minister to the greater Lockwood community assisting and ministering to broken and needy families. They truly serve in a local “mission field.” They have two young daughters, Bethany and Abigail.

Joanne Shetler

Wycliffe: Waxhaw NC

Joanne is a home-grown girl who was called to missions right here at First Baptist Church. She traveled to Balangao, Philippines to translate the New Testament into the Balangao language and give the people the gospel of Christ. She finished her translation in 1982 and returned to the States upon its completion. She currently resides at the JAARS facility and continues to travel the world teaching seminars and sharing her story. The Lucasis came to Christ as a result of Joanne’s ministry in the Philippines. Joanne’s story has been told in a book called And The Word Came with Power.

Matthew & Rabecca Stromberg

Reach  Global Missions: United Kingdom
Matt & Rabecca are ministering to a people group in with ReachGlobal Missions. They have just returned from a 5 year mission stay in Africa. They are currenting in process of heading to the United Kingdom to minister to Muslims and Hindus in Birmingham. They have 3 sons, Joseph, Benjamin, and Elijah.

Whisper Canyon

Whisper Canyon is a rustic camp set among the beautiful hills in Bradley, CA. For more information or to reserve the camp, visit our website HERE.

Contact: Mike Goodman @ (805)238-4419 or