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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Derek Bustos

Originally from El Paso, Derek came to southern California in 1988 after graduating from Texas A&M University. Derek has been working in the architecture and construction industry for over 30 years. Derek led FBBC's Youth Ministry from 1994-2017 and now leads a Young Adult ministry and a Family Life Group. Derek and his wife Sara live in Whittier. They have two grown children.

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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 retired after working over 30 years as a plant engineer for the phone company. 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. 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 is now retired from his career at a consulting engineering firm. He and his wife Elizabeth live in Whittier and have two grown daughters.

 

 

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