Our Pastor

Pastor John Vessell, Teresa, Morgan, Rachel and Phoebe

Pastor John Vessell has been the pastor of First Baptist Church since 2003. God has used him to do a great work here in Yuba City. He has a lovely family with his wife, Teresa. They have three children - Morgan, Rachel, and Phoebe.

Pastor Vessell holds two degrees: a Business Degree from Liberty University and a M.A. Degree in Church Ministry from Crown College. He served on staff at First Baptist Church in Long Beach before becoming a Pastor at First Baptist Church of Searles Valley in Trona, California.

In 2003, Pastor Vessell became the pastor here at First Baptist Church of Yuba City. God has used him to help grow the ministry, to support more missionaries, and to help reach the communities of Yuba City, Marysville, Plumas Lake, and other cities in the Yuba Sutter Area.

Our Staff

Eligio Thomas

Bro. Thomas is our Spanish Pastor for the Spanish department of FBC. Through his work and dedication, the Spanish ministry has been growing every year. He is originally from Panama before moving to the United States and joining the military. Eligio and his wife, Joyce, have been great additions to our church.

Stephen Baumgartner

Stephen Baumgartner, graduated from Golden Sate Baptist College in May of 2016, and is from Long Beach California. He now works with our youth group as well as helping with much of the cleaning and maintenance of the building.

Michael Gonzales

Michael works on staff as the Administrative Pastor. He started working at FBC soon after graduating from Golden State Baptist College in Santa Clara, California. He helps with the music program, plays piano for the worship services, and helps with the ministry's media department.