Most wedding ceremonies include a backstory of how the couple arrived at that moment. Two individuals with unique backgrounds find themselves together, creating a brand new family. The often beautiful and sometimes amazing details woven through the story reveal God’s faithfulness.
The history of Resurrection Church is one such story.
In the mid-1950s, Calvary Bible Church in North Bakersfield was begun by Dr. Carl Purdy as a Four Square Church. As Calvary grew, moved, and grew some more, it eventually became an influential and vibrant, non-denominational church under the leadership of Pastor Jack Peacock. Upon Pastor Jack’s retirement in the late 1980’s, Pastor Ted Duncan shepherded Calvary into the new millennium.
Fast forward to 2010. As a young Student Pastor from Moonville, South Carolina, Russ Chambers followed a calling from God. Leaving home with his newlywed wife, Russ and a handful of eager volunteers planted a Southern Baptist church in downtown Bakersfield called Hingepoint Church.
By 2017, Calvary had a congregation with an average age of 58 years old. As Pastor Ted prepared for retirement, the Elder Board of Calvary was already many months into an unfruitful search for a new Senior Pastor. The goal was to find someone that could help the church jump the generational gap and inspire the body to actively engage a community that had seen significant change in the past 60 years.
At the same time, Hingepoint was made up of a congregation with an average age of 28. They had just purchased the historic Nile Theater in 2016 for their first permanent building in their existence. Yet, by 2017, a thriving kids’ ministry completely filled the church’s available space.
Only the Lord could have led the Elder Board of Calvary to prayerfully consider and meet with Hingepoint’s Elders to discuss a merger of the two church bodies. Initially, the idea of merging churches of different denominations, a 30 year average age difference, and a 50 year difference in history seemed like folly. Yet, the Elders met, prayed, fasted and ultimately determined that a mighty move of God was at hand. The concept was brought before the churches and passed by member/owner vote on January 7, 2018. Under the new name of Resurrection Church, Pastors and Elders from both previous bodies reflected the diversity of the combined congregations.
Today, Senior Pastor Russ Chambers and the Elder Board lead Resurrection Church’s two campuses in downtown and North Bakersfield. God has glorified Himself, blessing the hard-fought unity within the new church. The congregation has already seen exceptional growth both numerically and spiritually. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 661.616.3399.