Rev. Colleen Hurley-Bates

Lead pastor

Colleen was born and raised in California! She came to Santa Barbara in 1987 as a college student, which is when she first came to Free Methodist. She and her husband Mark, who teaches mathematics at Oxnard College, were married in 1992 and have one daughter named Olivia. Colleen has an undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology from UCSB and a Masters of Divinity from Azusa Pacific University.

805.965.1338 ext. 223

Rev. Doug Ranck


Born in Pennsylvania and reared in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area, Doug and his wife, Nancy, came to FMCSB in 1984. They enjoy life together with their young adult children: Kelly, son-in-law Spencer, Landon and Elise. Doug earned his undergraduate degree from Greenville College, Illinois and his Masters of Arts in Religion from Asbury Theological Seminary.

805.965.1338 ext. 224

Rev. Danielle Garcia

Associate Pastor of Administration

Danielle was born and raised in Carson City, Nevada. She earned her undergraduate degree from Westmont College, and then moved to Durham, North Carolina where she completed her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. She first came to FMCSB as a member in 2002 and returned to FMCSB staff in 2009.

805.965.1338 ext. 234

T.J. Breshears

Assistant Pastor of Adults and Spiritual Growth

T.J. is a central coast native who loves just about all sports, but particularly baseball and volleyball. He and his wife Stacey have attended FMCSB since their college days and have always loved the way this congregation cares for those inside and outside the church. T.J. earned his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at Westmont College and a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.

805.965.1338 ext. 225

Jake Elliott

Director of Worship

Jake is a Santa Barbara native and has attended the Free Methodist Church since his birth. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition at Westmont College where he was part of the college choir and campus worship team.

805.965.1338 ext. 230

Melanie Rogers

Assistant Worship Leader

Melanie has lived in Santa Barbara for most of her life, with two other homes close to her heart: Ireland and Yosemite. She attended Westmont College, earning a B.A. in Religious Studies. Leading worship is one of her greatest passions. She is also a singer/songwriter, and has a heart for building deep, intentional relationships.

Brad Elliott

Technical Director

Brad is the Staff Photographer and Technical Director for Events at Westmont College. He loves music and has been a part of the worship band at FMCSB for the past 30 years.

The Foundry

Jim Wright

Assistant Pastor of the Foundry

Jim is British, which perhaps explains his occasional difficulties with the American language. He has lived and worked in four continents, mostly as an international corporate lawyer. He is now the Co-Director, with his wife, Dr. Heather Keaney, of the Westmont in Istanbul semester study program. 


Rev. Helen Rhee

Associate Pastor of the Foundry

Dr. Helen Rhee is a Professor of History of Christianity at Westmont College. She studied for her M.Div and Ph.D. at Fuller Theological Seminary. Her research includes early Christian identity formation in Greco-Roman context; wealth, poverty, and care of the poor in Christian history; and women in the church. She is also interested in early Christian understanding of bodily pain, illness, and sanctity in conversation with ancient medicine. Her published work includes her books Early Christian Literature: Christ and Culture in the Second and Third Centuries and Loving the Poor, Saving the Rich. Helen is committed both to academics and to her church communities. She pastored at a church in Buena Park and, now co-leads our Foundry.

Administrative Staff

Cara Emerson

Administrative Assistant 

Cara is a California native, raised in Montecito. She has worked in the non-profit sector for most of her life, working for many years as Director of Villa Majella Maternity Home in Santa Barbara, helping women experiencing crisis pregnancies. She also served as a Case Manager at a local transitional housing program for single mothers and their children.  In 2008 Cara joined the former Providence Hall (now Providence, A Santa Barbara Christian School) as Assistant to the Head of School. She now brings her administrative skills to FMC and CDCC. Cara received her BA in English from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has an adult daughter, Faith, and enjoys messing around the garden, watching cooking shows, and organizing stuff.

805.965.1338 ext. 221

Bio and picture forthcoming.

805.965.1338 ext. 222

Ron Inman

FMC/CDCC Bookkeepper

Aaron Bubert

Communications Coordinator

Aaron Bubert grew up in Nuevo, California, the most beautiful place on earth. He spent some time working at Forest Home and attending Azusa Pacific University. He uprooted to Santa Barbara in 2015. Besides communicating flawlessly to the attendees here at FMCSB, he spends his time reading historical fiction and is fiance to Providence's best, Chloe Dickson. 

805.965.1338 ext. 227