First Presbyterian Church

Knowing Christ, Loving One Another, Blessing The World Bakersfield, CA
First Presbyterian Church

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1705 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301



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Who We Are

We are a community where many generations interact, share, learn from and bless each other. We are on the adventure of being the church…together. You can find community on campus and through many church-wide opportunities such as local or global service, small connect groups, classes, and events.

About Us

Downtown, Multigenerational

Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Missions, Adult Education, Food Pantry, Disability, Nursery, Choir

Traditional Hymns, Contemporary, Organ, Praise and Worship

Presbyterian (EPC)





Jeff Chandler

Pastor Jeff began his ministry serving as a college student intern in Gig Harbor, Washington. Since that time he has served churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington, and now California. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Western Washington University. He then went on to Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he earned his Masters of Divinity. In 2005, he was selected as a recipient of a prestigious Beeson Fellowship. He traveled to Kentucky to do focused research in the areas of church leadership, spiritual formation, and biblical preaching. He enjoys cycling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Jeff and his gracious wife Susan are blessed to be the parents of their two wonderful children.

What Members Say Add your voice

  • I started going here because a friend recommended their children's program. That was four years ago and our family has been blessed ever since. The children's director, Mrs. Carol, brings a breadth of experience that excites me as a parent and stretches our daughter on her faith walk. We are challenged by Pastor Jeff's sermons and are truly blessed by community worship led by Marsha Skidmore and her team. They have plenty of opportunities to help others both in the community and on short-term missions. It has been the kind of place where you WANT to help because the staff works so hard and you can see the love of Jesus played out through the care of those involved. A couple years ago we stepped out of our comfort zone and joined a G-Group (small group) which has helped my husband and I grow closer to one another and to Christ. We highly recommend the church on so many levels.
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