Lead Pastor

Brice Butler

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Brice was installed as the Lead Pastor on March 6, 2016. Prior to becoming the Lead Pastor, Brice first arrived at TBC in November 2008 and served as the Pastor to Families and Young Adults. His great joy is helping people deeply connect and live in a daily way with Jesus Christ. He deeply desires for people to find a place of belonging during their sojourn in Marin County. His other great joy is his family – he married Susan in 1998 and has two boys, Owen and Jake. Brice loves movies, history, and college football.

Before coming to TBC, Brice served as Lead Pastor of Strawberry Community Church in Mill Valley for nearly 9 years. Brice ministered in several places before arriving in Marin. Among them was serving youth in Enid, OK, in the early 1990's and coaching football in France while helping launch a new church from 1994 to 1996. Most recently he has traveled with 2 ministry teams to Uganda.

Brice was born in Alva, OK, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO. He received the Master of Divinity degree in 2000 and the Doctor of Ministry degree in 2016 from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA.

Music Minister

Sanet Allen

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SANET ALLEN is a professional coloratura soprano who completed her Master’s Degree in Music (Performance – solo voice) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and post graduate studies at the Conservatoire of Music in Vienna, Austria. She is currently the Minister of Music and Worship at Tiburon Baptist Church in California.

Sanet has performed internationally as principal soprano in John Rutter’s Requiem under his direction, at All Souls Church Langham Place in London under the baton of Noel Tredinnick, and as principal soprano in church masses led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Reverend Robert Runcie, and Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

As a guest of Nobel Laureate and President of South Africa, Mr. FW de Klerk, she was the guest artist at multiple South African state functions.

She was the Music Director at St. James Church Kenilworth in Cape Town (membership 4,000) when Bishop Frank Retief was rector. As part of her duties, she performed as a soloist at the church, arranged and directed special musical productions, and assisted in training the St. James Church 45-member choir.

Sanet has performed internationally as principal soprano in numerous operas, oratorios, and operettas that were broadcast in the United States on PBS and on South African TV. She has performed with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, the South African National Symphony, the Cape Town Symphony, the Cape Town Philharmonic, the Natal Symphony, the Cape Performing Arts Council (CAPAB), the Performing Arts Council of the OFS (PACOFS) and the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal (PACT) in South Africa.

Her operatic roles include: The Queen of the Night, Susanna, Despina, Zerlina, Blondchen, Madam Hertz (Mozart), Gilda, Oscar (Verdi), Euridice (Gluck), Adele (J. Strauss), and Juliette (Gounod) and her solo oratorio performances include: Mass in C minor, Coronation Mass, Exultate Jubilate, Requiem, Stabat Mater (Mozart), Messiah (Handel), The Creation (Haydn), Gloria (Vivaldi), St Matthew Passion (Bach), Stabat Mater (Pergolesi), Requiem (John Rutter), Requiem (Fauré) and the Requiem (by South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr). Sanet has also become well known for her performances in Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, which she performed many times with the South African National Symphony, as well as with the Cape Town Philharmonic. She has also performed the Mahler Symphonies No 2 and 4 with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra.

Sanet loves the Lord with all of her heart and believes that every person can be reached for Jesus through the ministry of beautiful music.

Youth Pastor

Chris Harrold

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I am a home-grown Bay area resident who can be described as being introspective, cooperative, informative, compassionate, and empathetic. In 2009 I graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Creative Writing and, in 2015, from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in youth ministry. I have been able to do mission work in Hungary, the Philippines, and have co-led multiple trips of teenagers to Mexico. I have been ministering to young people for over 10 years. My passion is building mentoring relationships with students and seeing God work through them. I enjoy reading, writing, backpacking, board games, video games, comic books, and other nerdy endeavors. Secretly I am athletic but don’t tell anyone.

Children's Minister

Monica Lipsky

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Monica finds great joy in connecting with children while sharing with them God's love for them! Monica aims to show God's children that they are loved by Jesus and that God desires to have a deep relationship with them. Monica enjoys bringing laughter, joy, compassion, and even fun into Children's Ministry. She also recognizes that God has given her the heart and passion to serve all of God people as well as families who seek to know more about Jesus and how to better equip their children to know and seek Jesus Christ as well.

Monica's next greatest joy in her life is her family. She is married to her best friend, Joseph, of more than 20 years. And together they have two daughters, Marissa and Samantha. Monica is an avid photographer and scrapbooker but finds greater joy in being a wife and mother. She also enjoys time with fellow "sisters-in-Christ" for she is encouraged by other women who seek and follow Christ as well.

Monica is a native of Southern California and moved to Northern California and has made the Bay Area her home since 1993 where she pursued a college education. She has been in ministry for over ten years and looks forward to many more years of serving Jesus. She always has a smile on her face for which she explains, "I'm always smiling because Jesus found and saved me and now lives in me!"

Executive Pastor

Stephen Aoki

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Stephen began attending TBC in 2009 and has served at TBC in a number of capacities. Stephen graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. Stephen also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawai'i and has a background in banking and office management. He and his wife, Pauline, and their children live in Mill Valley and are excited to see God at work through this opportunity.