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, 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."

 Steve Morris

Minister of Administration


Steve was raised in Tennessee and is a big voluneer spoorts fan Go Vols!! He has been maried to Roxanna for 37 years and has a son, Tyler. In November 2020, Steve welcomed his first Grandson, a very proud moment!

After receiving Christ he got involved in the church. Steve has served in the ministry, including the start-up of a church since 2008. 

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

Cindy Riddle

Children's Director

Cindy is married to her best friend, James, and they share hobbies such as watching ALABAMA (Roll-Tide) football, hunting, fishing, golfing, and loving on their family. Cindy became a Christian around the age of 30 and started a love relationship with Jesus. God called her to Children's Ministry more than 20 years ago where she has served in Sunday School, Children's Church, Puppet Ministry, Drama Ministry, Side Walk Sunday School, and even 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. 

"Start children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it" Proverbs 22:6

"Kids Matter to God"

LeaAnn Gause

Preschool Director

Church Clerk

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. 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.”


Wade Slechter

Youth Minister


Wade grew up in Ohio as a fanatic of 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 three 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