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Interim Minister
Deena Barwick, Ph.D., Associate Pastor Email Deena
Richard W. Steffen, Minister of Music Email Richard
Linda Gentile, Church Organist
Eric Goddard, Music Director Email Eric
Public Relations & Communications Administrator, Email
Youth Director, Email
Angel Florence, Office Manager and Bookkeeper Email Angel
Dennis Chenevert, Buildings and Grounds

BACK to TOP Hien Huynh Interim Minister
Bio will be available soon.
BACK to TOP Deena Barwick Deena Barwick, Associate Pastor
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 2002, 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 currently oversees our Family Ministries which includes program development for children and parents.
She has four grown children and five grandchildren, which she delights in at every opportunity. While her favorite sports are tennis and swimming, her passions are gardening, cooking and fund-raisers for Women’s cancers, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Mustard Seed Tutorial Center. She is a recent retired Associate Professor at California Baptist University.

Her basic foundation for personal spiritual growth is from Proverbs 3:5,6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in all you do and he will show you the right way."

"The First Baptist Church of Redlands’ Children’s Ministries seek to prepare our children for a life-long journey of following Jesus. With every program opportunity for which the children are present, it is our desire to create an environment that will be a life-long educational and fun experience! We seek to provide a safe learning environment for all children, birth through 5th grade. All of the teachers and volunteers have been trained in areas such as: First Aid, CPR, teaching techniques, and creative crafts." Deena Barwick

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BACK to TOP Richard Steffen Richard Steffen, Minister of Music
Richard has been the Minister of Music at First Baptist Redlands since October 1, 1985. Richard’s music ministry includes directing the children’s Carol Choir, the bell choir and the Chancel Choir. In addition to leading the Chancel Choir on Sunday mornings, Richard also plans and directs music for events during the Christmas and Easter seasons as well as other special occasions. His skills as an organist, pianist, vocalist, and director have contributed greatly to the enjoyment of a comprehensive church music program.

Richard is a recent retired teacher who served for 29 years as the Director of Choral Activities and Performing Arts Department Chairman of Riverside Poly High School in Riverside, CA.

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. He has also completed some graduate courses at the University of Redlands.

Richard’s family enjoys being involved at FBCR. Marla, his wife, sings in the Chancel Choir and has performed in the handbell choir. Their children, Aaron and Anna, who are graduates from universities in California, have also been involved in the children’s choir, youth choir, handbell choir, and Chancel Choir.

“Each week we have a wonderful opportunity to gather and support each other as we worship. Singing, praying, preaching, and sharing are integral ways for us to consider God’s love for us. Music can quiet our minds, open our hearts, inspire our devotion, and lift our praise. How exciting it is for me to join together here at FBCR to worship our loving God.” Richard Steffen
BACK to TOP Linda Gentile Linda Gentile, Church Organist
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.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to join together in preparing and offering our best in music to support prayer and praise to God at First Baptist Redlands.” Linda Gentile
BACK to TOP Eric Goddard Eric Goddard, Music Director
Eric has attended First Baptist since 2000. He graduated from the University of Redlands that same year with a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance, music history, and composition. He joined the First Baptist staff as the music leader for the 8:30 service on
October 27, 2002. He served for eleven years as Executive Director of Mustard Seed Tutorial Center, a non-profit tutoring center for low-income students located on the First Baptist Redlands campus. Currently, Eric is a senior staff member with CalState San Bernardino on a project helping parolees re-enter society and find employment.
BACK to TOP Hien Huynh

Amanda Warner, Public Relations & Communications Administrator

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Jared Sumners, Youth Director

BACK to TOP Angel Florence Angel Florence, Office Manager and Bookkeeper
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. Angel now serves as the church Office Manager and Bookkeeper. 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.

BACK to TOP Dennis Chenevert 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 more than happy to teach you how to tie his favorite fishing knots.

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