Get To Know Our Pastors.
Their background, their faith and their journey.
Ben TellinghuisenSenior Pastor // Husband // Father
Ben was born and raised in San Diego, California. He was blessed to have godly parents who sought to raise him up in the fear of the Lord and who were very involved in their local church, Shadow Mountain Community Church. By the grace of God, he placed faith in Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and grew in that faith throughout high school, college, and beyond.
Ben went to college at UCLA, in Los Angeles, California, where he majored in trumpet performance and music education, and was blessed to attend John MacArthur’s church, Grace Community Church while a student. It is while an undergraduate student that Ben sensed the calling in his life to enter into full-time ministry as a pastor. Consequently, after finishing his degree at UCLA, he attended The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California, where he earned his Master’s of Divinity and Master’s of Theology. Ben and Leah came to Farmington in 2012, and are excited to be serving God in this wonderful body of believers.
Ben met his wife Leah while at UCLA and the two were married after college. They have three young children.
Ben is the primary preaching pastor and is responsible for a variety of different ministries including: counseling, leading the music, and the college/young-adult group. He also helps provide direction for outreach and small group ministries.
Matt HilbertAssociate Pastor // Husband // Father
Pastor Matt was born and raised in Rockford, IL and grew up under the godly shepherding of wonderful parents. It was during his senior year of high school where he first sensed God's calling to pursue pastoral ministry. Following this he attended Moody Bible Institute, where he met his wife Molly, and graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies. Shortly after this Molly and Matt got married and moved to Grand Rapids, MI so Matt could pursue his Master's of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. During this time he also served on staff as Pastoral Resident at Maranatha Bible Church. In June of 2019 Matt began serving as pastor at First Baptist Church of Farmington.
Matt and Molly have been married since August of 2015 and have one child, Evangeline, who was born in November of 2019. He enjoys being outdoors, traveling, playing guitar and spending time with friends and family.
Matt serves as the Assistant Pastor of Family Ministry and Outreach. His responsibilities include overseeing children's ministry as a whole, as well as actively leading FBC's youth ministry. He also helps to give guidance to the local and foreign outreach ministries of the church and works to assist the Senior Pastor and Elders of FBC in various tasks.
Rick BoguskyTeacher // Elder // Husband // Father
Rick was born in Detroit MI in1964. He was raised and went to school in Farmington until his parents moved to Livonia where he graduated high school and went on and completed specialized training in the Criminal Justice System. Rick attended FBC in the early 70’s during the Vacation Bible School programs where he heard the gospel for the first time. It wasn’t until almost 16 years later, after Rick was married, that God began to make the gospel seed bear fruit in Rick’s life. God in His abounding grace, partnered Rick with a co-worker who loved the Lord and shared the saving gospel of Jesus Christ with him. It was at that time that Rick believed the gospel of Jesus Christ and repented of his sin. Rick grew in his faith and love for Christ under the teaching ministry of John MacArthur and then came back to FBC in 1989 where Pastor Fred Froman sacrificially loved him and mentored him for many years as he still does to this day.
Rick works in the public sector where he has served faithfully much of his life. He is married to his lovely bride and best friend Shelley, and their 5 adult children are busy building their lives and families.
Rick enjoys time with his wife, motorsports, Super Bike championships, outdoors, wildlife (not wild living), guitar and traveling.
Rick has been a Bible teacher in various settings for over 20 years and in recent years has been encouraged by his pastors to pursue the office of a non-vocational pastor-elder. In the fall of 2014 Rick accepted the call to submit himself to the Lord in this service. Rick oversees the Sunday School ministry at FBC and leads an adult Care-Group.
Tony NagleTeacher // Elder // Husband // Father
Tony was born in the Paciﬁc Northwest to godly parents. He lost his biological father to cancer at the age of 9 and his mother remarried a widower when he was 10. The combined family moved to Post Falls, Idaho to do home missions with American Missionary Fellowship (now InFaith). During his teen years, Tony watched his step-father pastor many churches in northern Idaho & administer Cocolalla Bible Camp. Tony learned what godly leadership looked like, from both his father & step-father. By God’s grace, Tony placed his faith in Jesus Christ when he was a young boy, but really grew in his faith during his college years.
Tony attended George Fox College in Newburgh, Oregon along with Washington University in St. Louis, obtaining dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He then attended the University of Tennessee, earning his Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began working for Jacobs Engineering in Tullahoma, TN right after graduate school. The Lord led Tony to transfer to the Detroit branch of Jacobs in 1997. It was in Michigan he met his wife, Beth; they both attended the same young adult’s Bible Study. Tony & Beth have one daughter. They started attending FBC in 2008 and have faithfully served in various roles.
Tony has taught Sunday School for more than 20 years, loves to study God’s Word and enjoys developing/writing Bible Study materials.
God called Tony to become a non-vocational elder in 2016. He oversees Mens’ Ministries and ministries that train and equip believers in methodologies of Bible Study and other life application skills.
Paul HeldTeacher // Elder // Husband // Father
Paul was raised in a Catholic family in Minnesota as the oldest of ten siblings. He went to college at NDSU in Fargo, ND where he majored in Soil Science. While at college, one of his friends shared the gospel with him, and Paul repented of his sin and trusted in Christ’s saving grace by faith alone. After serving in a local church in Fargo and at various evangelistic ministries, he sensed the call of God into full time ministry. He attended The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA where he earned his Master of Divinity. Immediately afterward, he left to serve as a missionary behind the Iron Curtain in Hungary and surrounding countries in the area of pastoral training.
Before his graduation in 1988, he met his wife May in a Bible study at Grace Community Church. They were married in 1990, and May joined him in Hungary to serve the Lord together. They were blessed with two children, Hiram and Zsofie.
In addition to pastoral training, Paul and May served the Lord as church planters in the Western part of Hungary. After returning to the United States in 2002, Paul continued in pastoral service and completed a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from the University of Wales/WEST. Following this, Paul served as Senior Pastor in Lapeer, MI, and then in 2012 transitioned into his current role as a hospice chaplain.
Paul accepted the gracious invitation to serve as a non-vocational elder in 2019. He is enjoying faithfully and passionately teaching and preaching the Word of God at FBC, along with serving others and reaching the lost in his field of work.