Pastor – Grant Bennett
Pastor Grant is a native Californian. He has grown up all over the state and no one was surprised when He felt called into ministry at a young age, since his father, Randy Bennett, is also a Baptist Minister. Pastor Grant started working in ministry at 16 as a youth minister for a church plant in Bakersfield. He has never stopped serving in some role since then. In 2010 Pastor Grant accepted the position of Senior Pastor for Kernville’s First Baptist Church. Those 4 and 1/2 years were exciting. God brought life and new families to the aging congregation.
In June of 2014 Pastor Grant started his role here as Pastor at Gilroy’s First Baptist Church. Every week His sleeves are rolled up as He and the church leadership work through all the business of running a church, improving ministry, taking care of needs and preparing for the future.
Grant is married to Meghan and they have two energetic daughters that He loves spending time with. Grant enjoys martial arts movies, playing ukulele, and sharing a good meal with new friends.
As a pastor, Grant’s focus is to preach God’s words faithfully and practically, while leading the church to love their neighbors. He will be the first to warn you that this isn’t a church to attend, it’s a mission to be apart of. Our mission here is to “Love Gilroy into a growing relationship with Jesus”. This will take believers working in the power of the Holy Spirit to actually show God’s love in tangible ways, and communicate the gospel clearly in word and in lifestyle.
Worship Leader – Ron Latham
Ron is a native of Northern California having been born in Santa Cruz and raising his family here in Gilroy. Ron has been leading worship here since 2015. But He has been apart of the congregation and worship team since the early 1990s. Ron loves his team and the church. In addition to our Sunday morning worship, Ron leads quarterly gospel sings and regular training’s for his singers, musicians and tech team. You will also find Ron helping the church out by finishing projects, and keeping everything together with Pastor Grant.
Ron is married to Judy and they are the proud parents, and love their new roles as grandparents. Ron is also a fisherman. Ask him about some of his adventures at Sea.
Family Minister – Kellie Bourke
Kellie is a native Gilroyan and grew up attending this church along with her family. Kellie has been working in children’s ministry since 2009. She took on the role of Family Minister here in 2015. During these years Kellie has led the reorganization of our Sunday morning children’s programs. She has recruited new volunteers and remodeled half the church campus. She loves to see well planned events accomplish their goals, but is never afraid of adapting to what God is doing in the moment. Kellie has a heart to see young people discover just how much God loves them.
Kellie loves raising her Son Brody, and is a massive Disneyland fan. Ask her for recommendations on what to eat next time you go to the Magic Kingdom.
Spanish Pastor – Herbert Cevallos
Spanish Pastor/Worship Leader – Noel Jaurez