Our Staff

Richard Ho

Senior Pastor

Pastor Richard is grateful to serve as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Hollywood.   Richard completed B.A. and Master’s Degree in Materials Science Engineering at UCLA as well as the M.DIV degree at the Master’s Seminary.  Prior to becoming the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Hollywood in 2019, Richard served as a pastor of Refuge LA church, located in North Hollywood.  Richard married his beautiful wife Karina in 2013. Together, they raise three children, Sofia, Emilie, and Matthew.

Dakota Gates

Associate Pastor

Dakota is a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Hollywood and loves serving the Lord here. Having grown up as a Pastor’s kid Dakota came to know the Lord through the influence of his parents and as a he grew up in the church. He has been serving as the Resident Minister since 2018 and is excited to see the work of the Lord continue here in Hollywood. A city where he has had his home church in since a child. He likes to play sports like Football and Basketball and enjoys the small projects he gets to participate in doing around the building. He is married to Renee and together they have three children Hailey, Ethan and Olivia.

Trevor Jaggers

Administrative Assistant

Trevor is honored to be called to serve at First Baptist Church of Hollywood. Trevor gave his life to Christ at a young age in a Baptist church in Mississippi. He first attended FBCH in 2013 after moving to Los Angeles then later around 2015 he began attending regularly, volunteering and became a member. He loves FBCH for it’s Bible based ministry and the family environment that surrounds the church. He likes to play guitar, sing and work with his hands. One of his favorite scriptures is James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” because it reminds him of our power over Satan through the Holy Spirit.

Renee Gates

Christian Education Director

Evonne "Co Co" Vega

Worship Leader

Bertha Townsend

Church Treasurer