California

Together a Family - Witnesses of Truth

First Baptist Church Ridgecrest 

 

OUR PASTOR


Mat Pope is a vibrant pastor that is completely committed to the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior; he believes in providing Christian love and devotion to all people. He believes that church should be family fun. He has the gift to support and encourage everyone to live his or her lives fully.

Pastor Mat says: “I proclaim myself to be very old-fashioned because I live relevant to an older generation. I am an avid classic country music fan; enjoy spending time outdoors/hiking, playing guitar, watching movies, horse riding, fishing, and reading. Together, my wife and I enjoy spending an evening out on the town to eat dinner, fellowship with friends, sing together, and go to the movies. These activities help us not only enjoy the positive things in life, but to give us opportunities to grow in our spirituality. With our music commonality, we enjoy performing together on stage from worship ensembles to our favorite secular artists. We enjoy serving others through these talents and use them to draw others for building positive relationships.”

Education
B.S. Christian Ministries - Grand Canyon University - (minor - Behavioral Health)
M.Div. (In progress) Grand Canyon University

Our Pastor's Wife

Victoria (Tori) Pope was born in Apple Valley, CA and raised in the High Desert. She is a graduate of Biola University having earned a B.A. in Music in Worship. She also earned a multiple subject teaching credential at Vanguard University and taught junior high for three years. Tori is very excited about teaching elementary school at Ridgecrest Charter School. She loves the Lord with her whole heart and is so excited to see what God is going to do at First Baptist Church. She has a heart for children and wants to share the love of God with every person she meets.