Earl Blackburn

Senior Pastor, Heritage Baptist Church • Shreveport, LouIsiana

Earl Blackburn

Upon completion of his theological education, he was sent to Utah where he labored as a church planting missionary for seven years carrying the gospel to the Mormons. He was then called to Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in La Mirada, CA where he pastored for 22 years. He has also served as Chairman of the Administrative Council of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA). He has traveled extensively preaching at pastors conferences in the North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Brother Earl is the author of Covenant Theology: A Baptist Distinctive (SGCB – 2012), Jesus Loves the Church and So Should You (SGCB – 2010) and John Chrysostom (Evangelical Press – 2012), contributed to the book Denominations or Associations (Calvary Press – 2001), and numerous periodicals including Founder’s Journal, Reformation Today, and Banner of Truth, and has authored several booklets published by Reformed Baptist Publications including Covenant Theology: A Reformed Baptist Overview, Unconditional Election, Why You Should Join A Church, and Which Church Should You Join. He has pastored Heritage Baptist Church (SBC and ARBCA) in Shreveport, LA since 2006.

He and his wife Debby were married in 1975 and have one son Caleb.

John Giarrizzo

Pastor, Grace Covenant Church • Gilbert, Arizona

John Giarrizzo

John was born and raised in a Roman Catholic home in upstate New York. He attended parochial school through fourth grade, after which his family moved to Mesa, Arizona, where he has lived ever since. During his senior year of High School, John took night classes in real estate, acquired his real estate license at the age of 18, and was a full-time realtor for 6 years. The Lord powerfully converted John to Christ one day in 1979, while watching a Hal Lindsay program about the Second Coming of Christ. Shortly afterwards, the Lord led him to a Calvinistic Baptist church in Mesa, where he came to embrace the doctrines of grace. John married Roberta, in 1980 and in 1983, they were blessed with their first child, David. The following year John graduated from Redeemer Theological Seminary and was commissioned by his church to plant a new church. On September 8, 1985, Grace Covenant Church held their first worship service in a restaurant banquet hall. In 1986, John and Roberta were again blessed with their second child, Paul. Both of his sons and wives know the Lord and are members at Grace Covenant. In 2005, John received his Master of Divinity degree from Phoenix Seminary.

Sam Renihan

Pastor, Trinity Reformed Baptist Church • La Mirada, California

Sam Renihan

Sam was born in Massachusetts, the fourth of five children. He grew up in a Reformed Baptist home and church under the teaching and preaching of his father, a Reformed Baptist pastor. At age five his family moved to Wisconsin for two years while his father pursued a doctoral degree.  Two years later they moved back to Massachusetts where his father took up a pastorate in the city of Worcester. At age 11, the Renihans moved to southern California where Sam's dad took on the role of professor at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. Although he cannot pinpoint a specific moment in which he was converted, Sam was baptized at age 14 upon profession of faith. In 2006, after his first year of college, Sam married Kimberly Winton. In 2008 they were blessed with a son, Owen. Sam graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish Literature and Culture. Having felt an internal call to the ministry, largely fueled by a gradual external call from TRBC, Sam enrolled in Westminster Seminary California and the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. In 2012 he graduated from Westminster as a Master of Divinity. In September of 2012 Sam was ordained and installed at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church. Aside from ministerial labors Sam enjoys good food, reading, playing & listening to music, and playing with his son, Owen.