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Pastor Greg has been Senior Pastor at Ustick since April of 1988. Before coming to Ustick Baptist he was the Senior Pastor for eight years at Calvary Baptist Church in North Long Beach, California.
Pastor Greg was born in Pennsylvania and as a child moved to Southern California. There at a weekend church service he gave his life to Christ as his Savior and Lord. From that moment on he felt the Lord calling him to full- time vocational ministry as a pastor.
After graduating from California State University in San Bernardino California with a degree in sociology, Pastor Greg attended Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada California and was awarded a Master of Divinity Degree. During those seminary years he was pastor full-time at Calvary Baptist. After serving in California the Lord called he and his wife Jeanelle and their 3 children to Boise to serve at Ustick.
Through his love of people and his love of the Lord and His Word, Pastor Greg seeks to lead this growing and dynamic congregation in worship, service and witness. Pastor Greg has a personal mission to “befriend people and impart truth to them”. From preaching to administration to teaching to discipleship, this is his goal. Pastor Greg has loved serving at Ustick since 1988 and sees daily the amazing grace of the Lord at work within the church family.
Pastor of Care and Connections
Mike joined the staff on January 1, 2006. Prior to this, Mike was the AWANA Missionary in the Idaho and Oregon areas for 11½ years. He worked for the Lord and was employed by G.T.E Phone Company for over 16 years before that in Northern Idaho.
In 1979 at Silver Valley Baptist Church, Mike clearly heard and received the truth of the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of grace! Mike believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and was “saved” and set free from the penalty and punishment of his sin! His life has been changed forever through the influence of his mentor Fred Jones who instilled a love for God’s Word and discipleship into his heart through the Navigator ministries.
Mike and Karen were married in 1980 after they both attended Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, Oregon. They praise God for their four “adult” children, Nicole (married to Ben and they have a son Kyler), Joshua (married to Shannah), Rachael and Kelsea (married to Brian) who all know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ! Family is at the top of their priority list!
As Pastor of Discipleship, Mike’s heart and vision is to help motivate, equip, and encourage his brothers and sisters in Christ to grow more in knowing, loving and in serving the Lord Jesus Christ! One-on-One discipleship is very important to Mike as well as small group discipleship. Some other areas of shared responsibilities are the Adult Sunday School Classes, Growth Groups, the CARE Ministry Teams, Missions and pretty much whatever else needs ministered too.
Mike’s life verses are Deuteronomy 13:3b,4… “for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him and cling to Him.”
Pastor of Discipleship
Ryan joined the staff of Ustick Baptist in August of 2019. Prior to joining the staff at Ustick Baptist, he served a young families ministry in Dallas and has led youth ministries in Idaho and Chicago. Additionally, he has had experience discipling and preaching for the homeless residents of Dallas and South Chicago.
Ryan was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. He heard the gospel of grace at age 6 over a radio broadcast and came to faith in Christ as his Savior and Lord. In September of 2002, while still in elementary school, he began attending Ustick Baptist with his family where he grew tremendously in his faith and devotion to God. During his freshman year in college as a music major at Boise State University Ryan felt called by God to pastoral ministry.
Ryan transferred to Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Theology with an emphasis in Historical Theology. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he attended Dallas Theological Seminary and was awarded a Masters of Theology Degree with an emphasis in Homiletics. However, the biggest blessing in Dallas for Ryan was meeting and marrying his beautiful wife Cristianna!
Ryan believes that Discipleship is not a ministry of the church, it is the ministry of the Church. Rather than being a program, discipleship is a process; a path in life, in which one is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit to be more and more like Jesus. Therefore he is zealous for the lost to come to faith in Jesus, and for Christians to grow in their knowledge, love, and service of God and his mission on earth. Ryan’s oversees the Adult Christian Education classes, Growth Groups, and Young Adult ministry–all with the goal of growing and making disciples of Jesus
Pastor of Worship
Pastor Matt joined the staff in June of 2019. Born and raised in Caldwell, Idaho, Matt Beck is a northwest native. He is a graduate of Cedarville University (B.A.) and Northwest Baptist Seminary (M.M.) (now Corban School of Ministry) and has pastored in several churches throughout the Northwest. He spent 2 years as Youth and Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church of Tumwater, WA; 12 years as Worship Pastor at Living Hope Community Baptist Church in Port Orchard, WA; and 5 years as Worship & Families Pastor at CrossPointe Community Church in Redding, CA.
Using an upbeat, down to earth style Pastor Matt leads the church in worship each week at Ustick Baptist. His goal in leading worship is to create an environment where the reality of Jesus is seen through an expression of worship that is contemporary, real and excellent resulting in a sincere lifestyle of worship.
Matt and his wife, Marie have four children, 3 girls and one boy who love to serve with them in ministry. Together they desire to see young couples whose relationships and marriages are a reflection of God’s love. Matt enjoys the outdoors, playing golf, and spending time with his family. His passion is to play his guitar, lead others in worship and walk alongside others in the discipleship process.
Pastor of Youth
John joined the staff at Ustick Baptist in September of 2015. He was born and raised in Stockton, California. Prior to moving to Boise, he served as youth and children’s pastor at a Baptist church in Lodi, CA for 7 years. He’s also volunteered with at-risk teenagers and students with special needs. He is a student at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary studying divinity.
John became a Christian while he was a teenager. Christian music peaked John’s interest in Christianity, which led to his decision to read the New Testament. Upon reading the Gospel, John realized that God was restoring that which was broken and reconciling people to Himself through Jesus Christ. The Lord led John to youth ministry and he has never looked back.
John’s passions include sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with students, spending time reading and talking about the Bible with students, eating pizza, watching Jeopardy!, eating tacos, hiking, eating Hot Pockets, and hanging out with his darling Julie.
John believes that the Lord knows better than anyone the ability and impact students can have on the world. God used Samuel, David, Mary, the Apostle John and many other Biblical heroes while they were in their youth. The Lord still uses teenagers to accomplish great things and John wants to help shepherd students to spiritual success.
Children’s Ministry Director
I had the privilege of growing up in a pastor’s home in Michigan. My Dad and Mom have served in the same church for 65 years. I accepted Christ as my Savior at a young age and I remember being convinced that there is nothing I would rather give my life to than serving God in whatever way he would direct me to.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a specialization in Christian Education through the Grand Rapids School of the Bible and Music (Grand Rapids, MI) and Frontier School of the Bible (Lagrange, WY). It was in college where I met my handsome husband, Mike. I am thankful to be married to my hero. We have the privilege of being parents to six amazing kids and have enjoyed watching our family grow. David (married to Brie and their five children), Ben (married to Hannah and their two children), Caleb, (married to Rynn), Isaac (married to Mindy), Sam (will be married to Diana at the end of April) and Hannah. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4
I love mobilizing a ministry team of volunteers as we partner with parents in their responsibility of discipling their children. As a ministry team, we value helping kids to know, learn to love and then serve God for a lifetime. We love to help kids see that a relationship with Jesus is life changing and fun. We strive to provide a fun, engaging and safe Christ-centered learning environment. It is such a privilege to be a part of a team that is serving God together.
Teresa joined the staff at UBC as the church Administrative Assistant in 2006, after serving as the church treasurer for 4 years. She provides support for the staff, manages the church calendar, produces the weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter, and many other tasks too numerous to mention.
Teresa and her husband Mike were married in February 1988 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They met while he was serving in the Navy, his 6 year term ended in 1991, and then he found employment here in Boise in 1992 and they have lived here ever since. They started attending Ustick Baptist Church in 1994. They have two adult children, Chris and Jennifer, who also live here in Boise. She thoroughly enjoys serving the Lord here at UBC!
Colton began attending Ustick Baptist in 2008 with his family. He joined as a volunteer on the Sound Ministry two years later and never looked back. Colton joined the staff at Ustick in 2016 as the part-time Audio Visual Coordinator. He loves serving the people of Ustick Baptist, working alongside his dedicated AV team, and plying electric guitar on the worship team. Colton also serves as both a Youth Group leader and a Young Adults leader.
Colton grew up in a Christian home and assumed that made him a Christian. At age 16 his father asked him if he knew whether he was a Christian or not and he prayed to receive Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. He now loves to dig deep into the Word of God and further his relationship with Christ.
Colton was homeschooled through High-school and afterward attended Thomas Edison State University online to receive a Bachelors of Arts majoring in Homeland Security. In 2017 he attended FullSail University to receive a Certificate in Audio Production. Colton is a full time Security Inspector at Boise Airport.
Colton has a passion for music and all things geeky. His hobbies include playing the guitar, recording and mixing music in his home studio, volleyball, and spending time with his amazing girlfriend Tasha who also attends Ustick.