vision & values

First Baptist Church of Ripon is a Christ Centered, Biblically Based, Church Community, Living in the Hope of the Gospel. All we do at FBC is guided by the following 4 values.

gospel . keeping Jesus at the center of our lives [Philippians 3:7-11]
word . giving the Bible authority over our lives [2 Timothy 3:16]
community . loving others through our lives [Matthew 22:36-40]
future . having hope for the rest of our lives [Colossians 3:1-4]

DOCTRINe & bylaws

We accept the Bible as the inspired Word of God and the only sufficient, certain and authoritative basis for all our beliefs.  We are happy to fellowship with those who hold theological views that fall within the framework of orthodoxy.  Our doctrine and teaching are guided by the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith [view here]. Our Bylaws can be viewed [here].

MEMBERSHIP & discipleship

While membership is not mentioned in the Bible it is everywhere implied. Members of FBC strive to uphold their obligations to the local church while the Elders of FBC also strive to serve its members through biblical shepherding (discipleship) and the teaching of God’s Word. To view our Membership Covenant [click here]. 


FBC is committed to the work of missions, both globally and locally. To see our Missions Page [click here]


Gino Cunningham

Gino Cunningham | Lead Pastor
Pastor Gino has been married to Hidemi since 1992, has three daughters (Gabi, Sami & Madi) and has been working in full time ministry since 1996.  He is a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theological Studies degree and finds his greatest joy in the teaching and preaching of God’s Word. You can watch, listen, and download sermons from Pastor Gino on our sermons page.  

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Bill Christopher | Associate Pastor
Pastor Bill has over eight years in mixed ministry settings ranging from chaplaincy to pastoral care. He has a heart for reaching the lost, comforting the hurting, and caring for the cast aside. He is passionate about helping people to grow in their love for Jesus and their knowledge of the Bible. Bill has been married to his wife, Kazuko since 1996 and is the father of two, Jacob and Bailey. Pastor Bill has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.


Shari Brigdon | Worship Director
Shari has been singing and participating in church worship for more than two decades and brings a heart of joy and passion to our services. She is instrumental in helping our pastors put together song choices that revere our Lord and inspire us to corporate singing.


Debbie Honzell | Administration
Debbie handles all things administration for FBC. Her skills in administration and organization assists FBC in staying on track with all its ministry endeavors. If you have any questions about FBC, Debbie will likely have the answer and be happy to assist you.

Elders: Robert Saenz, Mauel Lopez, Bill Christopher, Gino Cunningham

Deacons: Lee Honzell, Debbie Honzell, Shane Riemersma, Jay Brigdon (c)

(c) candidate

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Elders & Deacons

Robert, Shane, Debbie, Gino, Manuel, Lee, Bill