About Grace


Get to know us

Here at GBC, our mission is to Love God, Love Others, and Reach the World. We do that by practicing the seven D's.

Love God

  • Devotion- Acts 2:40

  • Doctrine- Acts 2:41

  • Dialogue- Acts 2:42

Love Others

  • Discipleship- Acts 2:44

  • Demonstration- Acts 2:45

Reach the World

  • Deeds- Acts 2:46

  • Disciple-Making- Acts 2:47

If you are interested in learning more about what our beliefs are, please click the link below.


Pastor Andy

Lead Pastor

Andy grew up in North Carolina and is an avid NC State Wolfpack fan.  He received his bachelor's from NC State University and his Masters in Divinity, and soon to be doctorate, from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He married his wife Kristine in 1995 and God has blessed them with three children, Anderson, Daniel, and Ellie.  In 2001, God called their family to church planting in Bakersfield and Sure Foundation Baptist Church was started.   In 2006, Andy became a founding co-pastor when Sure Foundation merged with First Baptist Church of Green Acres to form Grace Baptist Church.  Andy enjoys going on missions trips, watching college and pro football, playing golf, traveling with his wife, and having a good meal with friends.  


"It is a huge honor to be the pastor of Grace Baptist Church where the people have a growing love for God, a deep concern for each other, and a desire to share God's love with the world in word and deed.  It has been an incredible journey so far and I look forward to what God has in store in the future."


Meet the Staff

Minister of Administration


Steve Morris

Steve was raised in Tennessee and a big Volunteer sports fan. Go Vols!!!! He has been married to Roxanna for 37 years and has a son, Tyler. Steve is awaiting the arrival of his first grandson this November. After receiving Christ he got involved in the church. Steve has served in the ministry, including the start-up of a church, for 22 years.

"One of my greatest joy's is seeing people coming to Christ and helping them grow in their relationship with Him."

Cindy Riddle

Children's Director


Adam Capehart

Minister of Music


Wade Slechter

Youth Minisiter


Wade grew up in Ohio as a fanatic of The Ohio State sports. He has a BA from Bluffton University in youth ministry and recreation and MA in ministerial leadership from Indiana Wesleyan. Wade is a husband and father of 3 young daughters. Wade also works with Youth for Christ of Kern co. He has been in youth ministry for 16 years. 


"What a blessing to serve the local church and to share the Gospel with students and help young people walk through the journey of adolescents."

LeaAnn has been working in the field of Early Education since 1983, helping to establish two Christian preschools. LeaAnn has taught at all levels of preschool, as well as Sunday school. In fact, it was while teaching Vacation Bible School at the age of 19 that she first knew that God had called her to teach little children about Him. She holds a BA in Organizational Leadership with a focus on Early Childhood Education. She has been blessed with four children who are all grown up and bringing grandchildren into her life.

“At the core of learning in the preschool environment is love. Serving here at Grace Baptist offers the perfect place to teach small children in a loving way.  So much is new to a preschool child, that teaching them is like offering a child an opportunity to make a new discovery every day.  The staff here at Building Blocks of Grace is wonderful to work with. Each one brings a sweet spirit of love to her classroom. Their love for the Lord shows in every little detail of their day.”

LeaAnn Gause

Preschool Director


Michael Fugitt

Media Director


Ashleigh Duncan

Office Clerk


Ashleigh has been working in the administrative field for over 11 years and has since expanded her growth in graphic design, web design, and social media while working here at GBC. She is in the process of obtaining her Associate's Degree in Sociology and Psychology at Bakersfield College. Ashleigh is a single mother to a 5-year-old boy who keeps her very entertained.


"I am excited to build my life with God and my relationship with the family here at Grace. I look forward to what's to come!" 

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