Who We Are


Welcome to First Pres!007

We’re so glad you’ve found our website and are interested in learning more about us. With a 125-year legacy located in downtown Bakersfield, we are a church and community that is passionately committed to knowing Christ, loving one another and blessing the world. We invite you to take a moment and browse our site to learn more about who we are and how you might become involved in this vibrant community. Click here to view our annual report.


Our Structure

First Pres is governed by a body of 18 ordained Elders, called Session, and 7 committees. Our Elders are men and women who meet monthly for three years, with six elders rotating on and off each year. Our committees include a minimum of 2 Elders, one of which is the committee chair, at least one staff representative, and other volunteer members of the congregation. The committees are:  Finance, Worship, Discipleship, Membership & Fellowship, Property & Maintenance, Personnel and Missions.  

Our Elders

Our Elders provide wisdom and spiritual leadership for our community.  2017-2018 Ruling Elders: Rick Hood, Russ Bigler, Beth Kuney (Missions Chair), John McCormick (Discipleship Chair), John Stovall, Jeff Smith, Doug Heitman, Jim Duncan, Greg Black (Finance Chair), Bill Byrd (Property & Maintenance Chair), John Rodgers (Worship Chair), Delani Bair, Brenda Hallum, Duane Keathley, Catherine Waldon (Personnel Chair), Bob Lerude (Membership & Fellowship Chair), Phong Han, Dave Chesney, Jim Conners (Clerk of Session), Mike Abril (Treasurer)



2017-2018 DeaconsOur Deacons

Deacons are ordained by the church to embody Christ’s love by demonstrating leadership in serving the sick, the friendless and those in distress, both within and beyond our church family. Deacons serve three-year terms.
2017-2018 Deacons: Jane Galbreath (Moderator), Pam Conners, Nancy Duncan, Tim Feldstein, Bill Galbreath, Susan Hackney, Karen K’Miller, Mike & Marilyn Radon, Steve Tolin, Joyce & Tyson Witcher, Julie Chesney, Vicky Hay, Nikki Heitman, Tom Jones, Corey Keathley, Susan Lunsford, Edith McCormick, Mike McGovern, Dave & Kathy Rezac, Mary Ann Rodgers, Sandy Yoon, Kevin & Sandie Beer, Jeanne Burdick, Shirley Byrd, Jay & Shannon Ericsson, Larry Hallum, Ursus Luxton, Al Malsbary, Leslie Roberts, Jan Stovall, Larry Wanamaker

Evangelical Presbyterian Church

EPClogo-2LineTagline-RGBOur name describes us well. The EPC is both evangelical and Presbyterian. We are evangelical in our zeal for the Gospel, as well as, evangelism, missions and living obediently as followers of Jesus. At the same time, we are rooted deeply in the Protestant Reformation and especially the theological and pastoral work of John Calvin. We embrace the Westminster Confession of Faith as our doctrinal standard and the rule of spiritually mature elders linked together regionally as the best way to guide local congregations.

Vist the EPC website www.epc.org/

Weddings at First Pres

We believe marriage is a covenant between a woman and a man who, before God, make a lifelong commitment to each other. In our wedding ceremonies, we rejoice that marriage is a gift given by God, blessed by Jesus Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit.  For information regarding holding your wedding at First Pres, please contact the church office to make an appointment.