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Here at GBC, our mission is to Love God, Love Others, and Reach the World. We do that by practicing the seven D's.
Devotion- Acts 2:40
Doctrine- Acts 2:41
Dialogue- Acts 2:42
Discipleship- Acts 2:44
Demonstration- Acts 2:45
Reach the World
Deeds- Acts 2:46
Disciple-Making- Acts 2:47
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Andy grew up in North Carolina and is an avid NC State Wolfpack fan. He received his bachelor's from NC State University, his Masters in Divinity, and his 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 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 is married to her best friend, James Riddle, and they share like hobbies such as watching ALABAMA (Roll-Tide) football, Hunting, fishing, golfing, and loving on their families!! Cindy became a Christian around the age of 30 years old and started a love relationship with Jesus. God called Cindy to Children’s ministries 20 plus years ago where she has served in Sunday School, Children’s Church, Puppet Ministry, Drama Ministry, Side-Walk Sunday School, and Clown Ministry. Cindy’s favorite part of Children’s ministry is serving each child right where they are, as they learn and grow together in their faith in Jesus Christ!!
Proverbs 22:6 “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
"Kids Matter to God"
Minister of Music
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.”
Michael spent 17 years touring the country full time sharing the gospel as a musician and evangelist. He grew up in Michigan and yields to Wade that Ohio State currently has the momentum, but Michael still has history on his side for the time being. Michael is married to Deborah and they have two sons and a daughter. He currently serves the church on staff with things media related and has a passion for encouraging others in understanding and sharing the gospel.