The Temple Baptist Team

These are the folks who help manage the daily operations of Temple Baptist Church. If you have questions or need help please don't hesitate to reach out to one of us.

Randy Barnes
Senior Pastor

Pastor Randy Barnes was born in Dallas, Oregon. He received Christ as His Savior at the first church camp he ever attended at the age of 13. Pastor Randy graduated from Dallas High School and then off to college to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

During his second year of college at George Fox Bible College, he met the woman who would eventually become his wife. Pastor Randy moved to the Richland, WA in the summer of 1980 so that he and Shelly could get married. That same year he began working as a Nuclear Process Operator. Pastor Randy and Shelly were married in November of 1980. In the spring of 1981, Pastor Randy and Shelly began attending Temple Baptist Church. They quickly began serving in the youth ministry as volunteers.

Pastor Randy began as a volunteer police officer and then was hired by the City of Richland as a full-time officer in 1982. He and Shelly continued to serve as leaders at Temple Baptist during his entire 28 year law enforcement career. Pastor Randy worked patrol, detectives, undercover narcotics, SWAT Team, and police training officer. At his retirement, Pastor Randy held the rank of Division Commander.

In 1996, Pastor Randy and Shelly felt a strong calling to surrender to full-time ministry whenever the Lord would have them. At that point Pastor Randy went back to college, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. Upon his retirement from law enforcement in 2010, he was called to the pastorate at Temple Baptist. He now serves as Senior Pastor of the church.

Pastor Randy has a passion for God’s word and for people. His training and experience in ministry, law enforcement, and leadership serve as a solid foundation for his preaching, teaching, counseling, and mentoring.

Mike Gilchrist

I was raised in Richland and graduated from high school in 1962. That summer I received Christ as my savior and began attending a fundamental Baptist church, and I met my future wife Karen. We were married in 1966 and were blessed with two children. We went to Bible colleges in Nebraska and California and were called to our first pastorate in 1968. We served several churches in the northwest and we also ministered a number of years in evangelism.

In 1979, I led in the founding of Temple Baptist Church of Richland. The church was organized as a fundamental, independent Baptist church. My goal is to develop a warm, nurturing, family environment where each believer can feel accepted, loved and be able to grow into Christ-likeness. Strong Bible teaching is at the heart of my ministry. If you are looking for a warm church home where you can grow in your relationship with Christ, I invite you to visit Temple Baptist Church in Richland.

Temple Baptist Secretary-Jenny Dunn
Jenny Dunn

Jenny accepted Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 7. She desires to grow more in her love for God and His people. While serving as church secretary, she strives to have a cheerful, kind, and teachable spirit while assisting the church staff and church members. She is married to her loving and supportive husband, Rich, and has been blessed with two amazing sons, Conrad and Carter.