STAFF/MINISTRY LEADERSHIP

Pastors/Elders

Nick Neves

(925) 706-1238

pastornick@firstfamily.us

 

Background:
Nick first trusted in Jesus after being involved in AWANA children’s ministry and seeing the gospel at work in the lives of his grandparents. Nick completed his bachelor’s degree in English Literature from California Polytechnic University in 2000 and was also involved with Campus Crusade for Christ at that school. After serving for 3 years as the Pastor of Youth at Granada Baptist Church in Livermore, Nick was ordained as a minister of the gospel. He served as pastor of student ministries at First Family Church from 2005 to 2012. In 2006 Nick graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Ministry:
In 2012, Nick obeyed God in assuming the lead pastor role at First Family. He has a passion for truth and a desire to see people trust in Christ through the preaching of God’s Word. Nick’s spiritual gifting is shepherding and teaching, and he is committed to using those gifts for ‘the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ’ (Eph. 4:12). 

Family:
Nick shares the blessing of ministry with his wife Missie and their five boys, Adam, Samuel, Henry, Justus and Benjamin and an adopted daughter - Rosie. Nick and Missie are dedicated to glorifying God through the covenant of marriage and the stewardship of parenthood, and rejoice in loving God and His people.


Paul Abeyta

(925) 706-1238

pastorpaul@firstfamily.us

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Shawn Linder

Chairman of the Board

(925) 628.9232

salinderffc@gmail.com

Background:
Shawn grew up in a family that had a belief in God, but he was never taught that faith in Christ was more than mere belief. Through a life altering car accident, he was driven to the realization that he could not control his life. The knowledge that there was a God and that he was sinful and that he needed him, struck him hard. In that moment, he dropped to his knees and cried out to God in repentance and submission to his authority. Ever since then, Shawn has been active in the life of the church, as well as in his personal walk with Christ. 

 

Ministry: 

Shawn is a lay elder and the current Chairman of the Board and overseas the monthly board meetings and all other elder duties. Part of his board duties also include overseeing the facility and making choices concerning the grounds and building. He is passionate about teaching God's word and about seeing young people dedicate their lives to Christ and has served in the Student Ministry at FFC for many years. He also is our children's church director - meaning he overseas the teachers who serve there and helps them to be ready to teach.

Family:

Shawn and Eileen have been married for over 30 years. They have four children, Andrew, Aubrey, Amanda and Adrian. Andrew and Aubrey both graduated from CBU, Amanda is currently pursing her B.A. there and Lord willing, Adrian will find himself there next year!. Eileen is also very involved and serves with the student ministry as well.


Ross Buchanan

elder in training

(925) 706.1238

 

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Deacons


Mark Evans

 

Steve Kestner

 

Matt Mlekush

 


Jeff Strawther

 

Roel Vasquez



Staff


Katie Rapolas

Secretary

(925) 706-1238

office@firstfamily.us

Shawn Linder

Children's Church Coordinator 

(925) 706-1238

salinderffc@gmail.com

Bill Farrar

Accountant

(925) 706-1238

bbazt@aol.com