Our Leaders

Rick Carbonneau – Lead Pastor-Elder, Redwood City

Rick, originally from Southern California, came to the San Francisco Bay Area to pastor Berean Bible Church in 1998. In rediscovering the gospel’s centrality over all of life and ministry as well as a deeper love for Jesus and His mission in the world, he led the church in a new replant for this mission of God’s redemption in the Bay Area. He holds degrees from UCLA and The Master’s Seminary. Rick’s goal is to help plant missional churches as well as to unite like-minded churches for this purpose. Life is full with loving his wife, building relationships in the community through coaching High School Football and mentoring former homeless and addicts. He and his wife, LaRayne, built their own home and have four children.

Craig Forbes – Pastor-Elder, Redwood City (Oversees an MC in El Granada, CA)

Craig and his family have been part of the Half Moon Bay community for over 21 years. Craig made the transition into full-time ministry from executive management in high technology business. He has taken skills developed in starting and growing companies and used those in the local church. He was on staff full-time at Mariners Church as an associate pastor in 2005. He has served as executive, small groups, and youth pastor. Craig served in the USAF, receiving his officer’s commission at Lackland Airforce Base. He graduated from Bucknell University with a BSEE and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree at Trinity Seminary.

Craig and his wife, Kim (his friend, partner, and awesome gift from God), have two great boys. Craig and Kim have been married for 28 years and it just keeps getting better! Craig likes time with the family, playing guitar (Kim plays drums, Aaron plays drums and piano, Caleb plays bass), biking, running, and most outdoor activities. He’s mastered barbecuing and he and Kim love people dropping by. Favorite song: Frontline by Pillar. Favorite movie: Braveheart. Favorite verse: Romans 12:1, 2. Favorite sport: Football. He has a heart to see youth and adults grow in deep faith and love for God.

Greg Matthews – Elder-Pastor, Redwood City (Oversees MC in Sunnyvale, CA)

Greg was born and raised in Southern California where he enjoyed the beach life before heading an hour east for college. In college he was found by Jesus, the culmination of surviving cancer, a bad movie, and nuclear colliders (another creative redemption story by God!). He moved to the Bay Area in 2001 to join the tech scene as a computer scientist for NASA Ames. Greg met his wife Ana at our church, they married in 2007 and have three kids. Greg and Ana have found great joy in fostering community life through food, breaking bread (and lumpia, and brisket, and …) with anyone and everyone that will join.

Deacons:

LaRayne Carbonneau (Children’s)
Ana Mathews (Children’s)
Baily Bao (Children’s; set up)
Christina Stein (Children’s’ set up)
Nate Stein (Music; set up)
Brian Chong (Audio)
Robert Poltorak (set up; clean up)
Valerie Poltorak (Children’s; set up)
Steven Howard (Communion)
Lucy Howard (Communion)

Rob Apger – Worship Leader, Redwood City Expression

cell: 925.786.3537  email: robapgermusic@gmail.com

websites: www.robapger.com; www.amazementparkband.com

I have been leading worship for various churches and ministries since graduating for UC San Diego, and hope to do the same when I graduate to heaven one day! I have had the honor of leading worship for RGC since June of 2014.   I met my lovely bride, Moorea, on a blind date at a Bible study. Her long hair and eyelashes drew me in, but her depth of character won my heart! We just celebrated 14 years and look forward to many more!! We have three wonderful boys (Eli, Isaac and Lucas), and we LOVE being together as a family, making music with our family band Amazement Park, enjoying the outdoors, or even doing homework… not really.  I am a San Diego native and enjoy long walks on the beach with Moorea, but the mountains of Yosemite and Tahoe rank right up there as well. I also love teaching guitar to kids of all ages, as well as hooping it up with my boys, watching the Chargers underperform year after year, and just being a boring ol’ homebody.  SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT RGC:  I love that RGC is a repair shop, and not a showroom. It’s a church of people sincerely seeking Christ and willing to admit they need Him. Every church should be like this!

Paul Tkachuk – Financial Advisor