Pastors & Staff

Matt Vandeleest


Meet Pastor Matt, a spirited individual who journeyed from the charming landscapes of Wisconsin to join FBC in April 2022 as our lead pastor. With a heart for guiding others, Pastor Matt has been involved in church leadership since 2012, working to revitalize congregations in Wisconsin. He honed his theological insights at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

When he's not focused on his pastoral duties, you'll find Pastor Matt enjoying the vibrant offerings of New England alongside his wife Molly and their four adventurous children. They're often spotted relaxing on the beach, exploring hiking trails, fishing, and sharing stories around the fire pit.

Pastor Matt is driven by a strong desire to strengthen the churches in Rhode Island. His goal is to reshape the Christian landscape by nurturing disciples and teaching all to embrace Christ. With unwavering dedication, he aims to foster not only spiritual growth but also a community characterized by positivity, adventure, and a zest for life.

Tom Bartlett


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