Get to Know Our Staff

Senior Pastor
Dr. Chad Rickenbaker
Chad joined the staff of BFBC in Summer 2013. He received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in pastorates in North and South Carolina. He and his family are originally from the lower part of South Carolina but have served in the Upstate of South Carolina since 2001. Our pastor has a heart for reaching the community, discipling believers, and preaching expository messages from God’s Word. Join us for a worship service this week to hear our pastor’s heart for teaching God’s Word.

Associate Pastor
Rev. Michael R. Hodge
Michael grew up right here at Berea First Baptist Church and joined our staff in October 2013. After serving in churches here in South Carolina and also with the International Mission Board, Michael and his family returns now as our Associate Pastor. Beyond assisting our pastoral staff, he also serves in missions mobilization, adult discipleship, as well as creates our graphics and website.

Minister of Worship
Trevor Coleman

Trevor joined our staff as our Minister of Worship in October 2014. Trevor had already been serving in various worship leadership roles since January 2014 before sensing the call to serve here full-time. His heart for worship and his desire for excellence in every area of our music ministry gives us great excitement for the continuing legacy of the music ministry.

Student Pastor
Dr. Ricky Stark

Ricky Stark joined our staff in March 2016. Ricky’s ministry focuses on leading students to encounter and follow Jesus, grow into mature disciples, see all of life from a biblical worldview, and step out into missional engagement. He values the opportunity to build great relationships with both parents and students and to equip parents to be the primary disciple-makers in their student’s life. Ricky graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from North Greenville University, where he majored in Christian Studies and minored in English. He also holds a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. During his course of study, Ricky focused on Christian Philosophy, Christianity and the Arts, and World Religions. This background has truly equipped him to understand the culture in which our students are living and to disciple students in a way that is relevant and practical.

Director of Children’s and Education Ministries
Julie Lunsford

Julie serves our church family in many different ways. Whether she is working with our Child Development Center or leading Children’s Church on Sundays, she fulfills so many needs in our church ministries. As Director of Children’s and Education Ministries, she also leads our Sunday morning Bible study groups called “Sunday School”. She recruits a large team of great volunteers to lead from nursery through Senior Adult. If you are interested in learning more about how our church ministers to our youngest, get in touch with Julie and she can share more about the wide range of ministries and activities!

Mike Parker

Mike has served Berea First Baptist Church in a number of different roles over the years. His knowledge of our church, church family, and the journey of BFBC over the years is a valuable resource as we minister together today. If it is run by a computer, Mike LOVES it and keeps it running! This includes all of our Sunday morning media (screens, camera, etc) as well as our in-office computers. He leads our summer camp program in Cheraw, SC for the children and student ministries.

Music Associate

Gwen Starling

Gwen joined our staff in May 2017. Gwen has been an active music director and conductor in the greater Greenville area for many years. In 2010, she founded the Fountain Inn Symphony Orchestra where she was later selected as a Fellow for the Conductor’s Institute at the University of South Carolina School of Music. She has served as musical director and conductor for over 20 main stage musicals for community theater and churches (in Fountain Inn, Greenville, Greer and Landrum). She is married to Donald and has two children (Geoffrey and Allison).

Ministry Assistants

Ministry Assistant

Tracy Emory


Robbie Cassell

  Financial Secretary

Karen Scott