Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Here at FBBC, we want to be faithful to the principles we believe God has given us for the church, which is "the household of God" (Ephesians 2:19; 1 Timothy 3:15).

Though the Bible teaches that every member has a responsibility in the church, it also indicates that local churches are to be under the leadership of a plurality of qualified elders. Terms like leader, elder, bishop, overseer, shepherd, or pastor are used interchangeably to refer to the same office (Acts 20:17, 28; Titus 1:5, 7; 1 Peter 5:1-2).

Since the Bible refers to elders as a group, we believe that all elders should work together to lead the church—even if their individual gifts and responsibilities vary (Acts 14:23; 20:17; Titus 1:5; James 5:14). The Bible reserves this position of leadership for men who desire the position, are above reproach, and are able to teach and defend doctrine (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Below is a list of the elders at FBBC.

 

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Bruno Araiza

Bruno has been attending FBBC since 1987. He works as an electrician and lives with his wife, Dora, and their son in Whittier. Bruno leads a Family Life Group and serves with the men in our church.

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Derek Bustos

Derek has been leading and teaching in the FBBC Youth Ministry for over 20 years. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Derek came to California after college and met his wife, Sara. He now works as an architect and lives with his wife and two children in Whittier.

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Luis A. Cardenas (Jr.)

Luis began attending FBBC at a young age and currently serves on the staff overseeing areas of preaching and administration. He earned his M.Div from The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, CA. He also leads a Family Life Group. He and his wife, Veronica, have one son and two daughters.

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Luis F. Cardenas (Sr.)

Luis and his wife, Mikki, came to FBBC in 1987 with their three children. He serves FBBC as a Spanish Bible Study teacher and leads a Family Life Group in his home in Pico Rivera. Luis has worked for over 35 years as a service engineer for a printing company. He and Mikki love spending time with their grandkids.

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Alex Mata

Alex and his wife, Diana, live in Pico Rivera and have two sons. Alex has worked with The Navigators for over 20 years and currently seeks to reach and disciple Hispanic communities in Los Angeles. He also leads a Family Life Group.

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Richard Valdivia

Richard began attending FBBC in 1977. He and his wife, Beatrice, live in Whittier. They have four adult sons and love being grandparents. Richard is a plant engineer for the phone company, where he has worked for over 30 years. He now serves by leading a Family Life Group, helping with the Auto Ministry, and occasionally preaching on Sunday morning.

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Jim Wilson

Jim and his wife, Sofia, live in Whittier with their son. Jim began attending FBBC at age 11 and now serves on the staff helping oversee music, education, and administration. He earned his M.A. in Christian Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Jim also serves as a Family Life Group leader.

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Mike Zieman

Mike began attending FBBC in 1971 and currently works at a consulting engineering firm. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Whittier and enjoy spending time together with their two daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren. He currently leads a Family Life Group.

 

 

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