Pastor Ron’s hometown may be located in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, but his heart is in California. He was saved as an 18 year old teenager after running from the Lord for many years. In the years following his salvation God used a number of godly men and a solid Bible preaching church to help disciple him and prepare him for ministry. After finishing an undergrad degree in Pastoral Studies and a Masters Degree in Counseling, he and his wife, Beneth, moved to Southern California to minister at Ironwood Christian Camp in Newberry Springs. Soon after arriving, he felt the burden to plant a church in the small rural community surrounding the camp. For the next 8 years God graciously allowed him to be a bi-vocational pastor working both at Ironwood, and the small local church he planted. During the summer of 2009 Faith Baptist Church of Folsom officially called Pastor Ron to come and serve as their senior pastor. He and his wife have quickly fallen in love with the area and people of the greater Sacramento area and consider it a great privilege to be serving the Lord in this area.
Pastor Ron’s favorite aspects of ministry are the preaching of God’s Word and the one on one shepherding of God’s people. He loves counseling and the personal care of God’s flock. When he is asked who has most greatly influenced his life he responds with the following: The ministry of Dr. John C. Vaughn, Ironwood Christian Camp, and Pastor Rob Watkins.
Pastor Ron and Beneth have two daughters Jessica and Mackenzie.
In his free time he enjoys exploring northern California with his family, the outdoors, reading Louis L’Amour westerns, weightlifting, and bike riding.
Pastor Matt grew up in Indiana, but he has a love for the West that is only of the Lord. After many years of trying to convince himself of his salvation, the Lord saved him as an 18 year old college freshman. After Pastor Matt finished his undergrad and seminary degrees in Bible, he and his wife, Amy, were married in 2006. After Amy finished her graduate degree, the Lord clearly directed the Atheys to stay in South Carolina. It was during this time that the Lord allowed them to adopt their first son, Caleb.
In 2010, Pastor Matt was notified that the company he was working for in South Carolina was closing down at the end of the year. The Lord had been burdening the Atheys for California ministry at this same time. The Lord miraculously opened the door for Pastor Matt to be offered a full time position in the Sacramento area. The Atheys moved to northern California in early 2011. After moving to California, the Lord skillfully guided the Atheys through the process of adopting their second son, William, and their daughter Emily.
Pastor Matt currently serves as a bi-vocational minister within our congregation and specifically oversees our teens and youth program.
Pastor Matt is thrilled and humbled at the calling of God upon his life. He loves preaching and teaching the Word of God, one on one discipleship, and seeing others grow through God’s working in their lives.
In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing with his children, and exploring the beauty of Northern California.
Pastor Ben grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and was blessed with godly parents. God has given him a heart for ministry from childhood. While in college and seminary he was actively involved in missions, local church ministry and outreach. Pastor Ben finished seminary in 2013 and moved his family to California to assist in church planting. Now God has led he and his family intern at FBC to further develop their gifts and serve where needed.
Pastor Ben has been married to Lydia since 2008 they have two boys and a baby girl. Pastor Ben enjoys a good book, spending time with his family and sports.