Lead Pastor - Andy Prince
Andy grew up in North Carolina and is an avid NC State Wolfpack fan. He received his bachelors 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."
Youth Minister - Dave Holmgren
Beach or Mountains: Mountains, although we used to live right by the beach
Dog or Cat: Dog... Although she can be annoying at times I still love her
Creative or Administrative: Definitely Creative; However, definitely have administrative side where planning is important
Favorite Quote: “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.” -Billy Graham
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I passed on to you as most important what I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.
Sports team you cheer for: Depends on the Sport. I am a die hard Seattle Seahawks fan, but for college a die hard Florida State fan. I cheer for the San Antonio Spurs for basketball. I don't really have a baseball team.
Interesting fact people may not realize about you: I was High school and College cheerleader
Must read book: Holiness by R.C. Sproul; Missional; Joining God in the Neighborhood, Youth Culture 101, Five Love Languages
Tunes you are currently listening to: Jesus Culture, Lecrae, 116 Clique, Mainly Christian hip hop
What do you love about working at Grace: I love working at Grace as I get to build relationships with students and their families. At Grace the students love to serve and have fun doing it.
Receptionist - Mo Neufeld
Beach or Mountains: Beach...For sure...
Dog or Cat: Dog... I have two small dogs that have been there for me through the hard times.
Creative or Administrative: I'm both
Favorite Quote: Ps 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God"
Mark 10:27 "Jesus looked at them and said "With man it is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."
Sports team you cheer for: I don't have a favorite. I love the stories about a team who comes from behind and proves themselves through hard work and perseverance.
Interesting fact people may not realize about you: I would love to have Joanna Gaines job from Fixer Upper. I watch all those HGTV shows!! :)
Must read book: Through the Eyes of a Lion by Levi Lusko.
Tunes you are currently listening to: Oceans by Hillsong United, Hilary Scott, Natalie Grant
What do you love about working at Grace: The team we have... Always there for each other... Smiles and laughs when it's tense... Always willing to help one another... We truly love each other... But most importantly... Doing it to honor God!! Together
Preschool Director - Lea Ann Gause
Beach or Mountains: Beach
Dog or Cat: Dog
Creative or Administrative: Both
Favorite Quote: Psalm 139:14 "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child" -Dr. Seuss
Sports team you cheer for: Any team one of my grandkids is playing on.
Interesting fact people may not realize about you: That I'm not all that interesting? :)
Must read book: Personality Plus -Florence Littauer & Five love languages -Gary Chapman
Tunes you are currently listening to: Ginny Owens, Alison Krauss, Norah Jones, Chris Tomlin
What do you love about working at Grace: The love...
Children's Director - Cindy Riddle
Beach or Mountains: Mountains... Lions, Tigers & Bears OH MY!! (more to kill)
Dog or Cat: Dead birds, taxidermy (lol)
Creative or Administrative: Creative, I'm a clown for goodness sakes!
Sports team you cheer for: Alabama (Roll Tide)
Interesting fact people may not realize about you: I'm an early bird. I love to have fun and laugh and get PAID! My favorite color is Green. My car is named Mr. Obvious. My husband loves me (inspite of myself!!) so does God!! :)
Must read book: Baked Beans for Breakfast
Tunes you are currently listening to: Rock & Roll Jesus!
What do you love about working at Grace: The Staff (Awesome, fun, God fearing people, loving). The kids!! The Pastor always gives me my way! Just kidding.
Director of Media - Michael Fugitt
Beach or Mountains: It's great to be near both
Dog or Cat: I've only met one friendly cat... my dog Roscoe was pretty cool though, even though he had a disease that made my clothes smell bad through a good chunk of high school. The cool cat was named Roscoe too, that's weird
Creative or Administrative: Most definitely creative, although handling administrative things is a necessity at times
Favorite Quote: "The true convert does not receive the gospel as an addition to his previous life, but in exchange for it." ~Paul Washer
Sports team you cheer for: Michigan Wolverines, Go Blue!
Interesting fact people may not realize about you: I litterally owe my life to Dunkin' Donuts. No seriously... my mom worked there and my dad was a police cadet. That's how they met. My life got way less cliche after that, I promise!
Must read book: A disappointing phrase my teachers would use.
Tunes you are currently listening to: Counting Crows, Goo Goo Dolls, a good amount of EDM, Secrets of The Kingdom (for any of you who were parents of small children in...... 1983!!)
What do you love about working at Grace: I love the opportunity to use my creativity specifically for the body of Christ. I also love the opportunities to get involved with ministry outside of my "employment role" at Grace. My favorite thing is building true brother and sister in Christ relationships that get beyond the surface. I hope to do more of this!
Music Minister - Adam Capehart
Beach or Mountains: I enjoy the beach because my wife (HelenD) and daughters (Meredith, Olivia, Elizabeth) really like it....but if I had to make a choice, Mountains all the way!
Dog or Cat: We have a boxer named Penelope (house full of girls, even the dog!)
Creative or Administrative: I like to be creative with how I administrate
Favorite Quote: I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, upon the slitted sheet I sit. (Steve Martin, The Jerk)
Sports Team you cheer for: Chargers, Dodgers, Lakers, Kings (Hockey)
Interesting fact people may not realize about you: I have absolutely zero musical background or training. I was never in band or anything like that. Although that won't be a surprise to those that serve with me on the team (it's very obvious to them). I just love Jesus and love to sing. Those two passions grew into me stepping into a leadership role in GBC's music ministry.
Must read book: The Bible
Tunes you are currently listening to: I really don't enjoy listening to music. I listen to whatever the people I am with are listening to.
What do you love about working at Grace: The people. We have always felt loved and accepted.