We believe God equips men and women to work as equal partners in the church. Our members and friends are encouraged to explore different opportunities for mission and ministry and to discover those areas where they can serve most effectively and joyfully.


Reverend Shawn Zambrows, D.Min
Senior Pastor

Pastor Shawn grew up in Los Angeles and spent the first part of her ministry serving concurrently as Co-pastor of Temple Baptist Church and as American Baptist Campus Minister at the University of Southern California. In 1999 she moved to West Lafayette, Indiana, to serve as the Pastor and Director of the Baptist Student Foundation at Purdue, the American Baptist affiliated campus ministry at the university. Pastor Shawn has her B.A. in Classical Civilizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her MDiv and DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is married to Rod and has two grown children. On May 1, 2016, Shawn began as Senior Pastor here at First Baptist Church of Redlands.


Associate Pastor
Reverend Deena Barwick,Ph.D.
Associate Pastor of Family Ministries

As an organizational psychologist, Pastor Deena brings a unique combination of organizational as well as nurturing skills to her position. She has served on staff at First Baptist since 2000, and with her leadership, the Children's Ministries more than doubled their programs and participants in three years. She currently supervises more than 60 Children's Ministries volunteers. She is married to Dale Barwick and has four grown children and four grandchildren, whom she delights in at every opportunity. She recently retired from her job as an associate professor at California Baptist University.


Office Admin
Angel Florence,
Office Administrator

Angel grew up in the heart of Los Angeles, and contrary to popular belief, some people from L.A. actually turn out "normal." She can be described as cheerful with a sunny disposition. Prior to joining The First Baptist Church of Redlands, Angel worked in finance in the private business sector. Since joining the church staff in April 2008, she has become a regular attendee. When not at work or church, Angel enjoys reading and the great outdoors.


Richard Steffen,
Minister of Music

Richard has been the Minister of Music at First Baptist Redlands since 1985. His skills as an organist, pianist, vocalist and director have contributed greatly to the enjoyment of a comprehensive church music program. Richard is a retired teacher who served for 29 years as the director of the choral activities and performing arts department at Riverside Poly High School. Richard has his undergraduate degree from Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts university in Indiana. His master's degree is from Butler University in Indianapolis. Richard’s family enjoys being involved at FBCR.


Linda Gentile,

While attending California Baptist University, Linda studied organ with Gerard Faber. Upon receiving her B.A., she continued her organ studies with Dorothy Hester. Her recitals were given at First Congregational Church and First Methodist Church, Riverside, California. With over 36 years of experience as church organist, she has served at Magnolia Presbyterian Church, Riverside; St. Stephen's Episcopal, Sun City; Christ Church, Fallbrook; and St. Catherine's, Temecula to name a few. She is a past secretary of the Inland Empire American Guild of Organists. Linda has served on FBC Redlands staff since September 2009.

Communications Specialist
Marion Gil,
Communications Specialist

Marion grew up on a diet of Godzilla movies, cartoons, and a menagerie of other mediums for insane plots; so, it is no wonder that he has always loved coming up with his own stories. An aspiring novelist, Marion enjoys writing for any outlet. He is a fan of books, video games, art, and music. Here at FBCR, Marion is in charge of the weekly emails, the Tapestry, Sunday slides, maintaining the church’s online presence, updating blogs, and everything else required to make sure the church has healthy communication. Though quiet and reserved, Marion is always open to feedback or conversation, so feel free to keep in touch.


Buildings and Grounds
Dennis Chenevert,
Buildings and Grounds

Born in the Seychelles, a group of over 100 tropical paradise islands scattered over a million square kilometers in the Indian Ocean, Dennis is involved in supervision of the church facilities under the direction of the Property and Finance Commission. He sets up the church facility for the weekly worship services and programs as well as assists the various ministries and groups with their meeting needs. The church building and grounds are well maintained as a result of Dennis' leadership. He has served on FBCR staff since September 1990. Dennis is a big sports fan and is particularly interested in following local sport teams. In addition, he really enjoys fishing and is more than happy to teach you how to tie his favorite fishing knots.


The First Baptist Church of Redlands has seven commissions elected by the congregation to provide leadership in different areas of our church ministry. The commission system enables our church members to be personally involved in the ongoing ministry of the church and to develop special skills and expertise in vital areas of service.

Christian Education

Responsible for the church's educational ministries and programs // Meets every second Tuesday in the Mezzanine Classroom at 7 p.m.


Provides spiritual and pastoral care to the church family // Meets every second Tuesday in the Lounge at 6:30 p.m.

Finance and Property

Responsible for the financial administration and property of the church // Meets every second Tuesday in Judson Hall at 7 p.m.

Local Outreach

Leads the Church programs dealing with local service and evangelistic opportunities // Meets every second Tuesday in the Library at 7 p.m.

National and World Missions

Promotes national and global mission service // Meets one Sunday a month in Judson Hall at 11:45 a.m.

Pastoral and Staff Relations

Addresses professional and lay staff issues and concerns // Meets as needed in the Pastor's Office at 7 p.m.


Supports the worship life of the congregation // Meets every second Tuesday in the Board Room at 7 p.m.

Pastoral Search

Leads the process of selecting a new senior pastor. // Meets every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.