Our Leadership


On April 21st, 2013 the membership of Grace Bible Church of Bakersfield voted unanimously to install Steve Swartz as our Senior Pastor. Steve has been the interim pastor since January 2013 and has clearly demonstrated his love for our people, his love for his family, his knowledge of Scripture, his ability to feed us with it regularly, his passion for training men and women, and his desire to assist our leadership in developing all who call Grace Bible of Bakersfield their home. We adhere to the biblical leadership model of a plurality of shepherding elders. These are men who are qualified according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9. In addition, we have a core group of mature young men who serve as deacons, overseeing many key aspects of the ministries of Grace Bible Church under the guidance of the elders. They have met the qualifications of a deacon as found in 1 Timothy 3:8-13. For a detailed explanation of the Philosophy of Leadership of Grace Bible Church, please view our Philosophy of Leadership.


Pastors & Elders

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Steve Swartz

Elder, Teaching Pastor

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Darren Wiebe

Associate Pastor of Worship

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David Papillon

Associate Pastor of Student Ministries

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Mark Harriger

Elder

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Grant Olewiler

Elder

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Bart Bussell

Elder

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Deacons

Chad Brey

Corporate Worship Scheduling / Special Events

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Steve Engel

​Steadfast Conference / Baptism

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Rudy Flores

Local Outreach

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Nate Karrer

Facilities

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James Olewiler

​Media / Technology

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Tim Powell

​Member Care

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Gabe Woodward

Community Outreach & Relations

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James Zervis

​Finance Operations / Building Campaign

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