Originally, from northeastern Indiana--near Ft. Wayne--I moved to Bakersfield from a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, along with my wife Brenda and our son Jesse, in January 2018. Brenda, who is originally from southeastern Iowa, and I met while we were students in seminary. We have been married more than 28 years and have two grown children, Amanda and Jesse (Jess), who, since moving to California with us, has transferred back to Iowa with the company he works for.
Even though I replaced playing baseball with playing softball--slow pitch--several years ago, baseball remains my favorite sport. I also like to watch other sports including tennis and hockey in addition to football and college basketball--pro basketball during the playoffs--but I do not watch bowling and golf. I also "play these 'sports'" very seldom. When I haven't been able to play softball--and actually, even when I am playing on a team--I also bike and run. I have run many 5k's, several half-marathons, and one full marathon. I also like to read and spend time with our two cats; and of course, spend time with friends and family.
I have been ordained since 1999 and have served as pastor of churches in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, and now, California. I have also served as a chaplain intern at a hospital and as chaplain on the staff of a rehabilitation and long-term care facility. At 62, I plan to be in ministry for a few more years before I retire and find more time or my interests which include traveling to see family and, if my knees hold up, perhaps do one more marathon.
We are a small church located on the corner of Palm & A street for over a century. We invite you to join us for worship and fellowship and hopefully become part of our church family.
Through Scripture, Jesus calls us to live as courageous disciples by word and action: To surrender ourselves to God, To embrace one another, To express God’s love for all creation.
What We Believe
The central emphasis of the Church of the Brethren is not a creed, but a commitment to follow Christ in simple obedience, to be faithful disciples in the modern world. As do most other Christians, the Brethren believe in God as Creator and loving Sustainer. We confess the Lordship of Christ, and we seek to be guided by the Holy Spirit in every aspect of life, thought, and mission.
We hold the New Testament as our guidebook for living, affirming with it the need for lifelong and faithful study of the Scriptures. Brethren believe that God has revealed an unfolding purpose for the human family and the universe through the Hebrew Scriptures (or Old Testament), and fully in the New Testament. We hold the New Testament as the record of the life, ministry, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and of the beginnings of the life and thought of the Christian church.
Faithful following of Jesus Christ and obedience to the will of God as revealed in the Scriptures have led us to emphasize principles that we believe are central in true discipleship. Among these are peace and reconciliation, simple living, integrity of speech, family values, and service to neighbors near and far.
(Drawn from “The Brethren Heritage,” Elizabethtown College)