Meet the Staff

 Brian Murphy - Head Pastor

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Brian helped to plant Living Grace Church and has served as her lead pastor since her inception in June of 2009. He has been in fulltime ministry since 1984, serving as youth pastor, executive pastor and lead pastor. Brian’s schooling involved his undergrad work at San Diego Christian College then on to seminary at both Talbot and Western Seminaries. Brian loves preaching God’s Word, shepherding people and being involved in missions around the world.
Brian is native of San Diego and moved to Bakersfield in 1996. He is married to Diane and they have four great kids, Patrick, Brendan, Aiden and Emma. They love to fish and hunt and enjoy shooting sports of all kinds. Yep, even Emma! As a family they love to go to the beach and the mountains for vacations as they enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
Part of Brian’s hope and prayer for Living Grace Church is summed up in Colossians 1:28, “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”

 

 

Billy Freels - Associate Pastor

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Billy Freels has served as an associate pastor at Living Grace since 2010 and was part of the original launch team that planted the church in 2009. He attended Biola University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications. His ultimate desire is to see God’s glory spread among the nations through the proclamation of the gospel. He has been married to his wife Katie since 2003 and they have three children - Eli, Trevor, and Madelyn.

 

 

Andrew Berthiaume - Family Pastor

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Andrew Berthiaume has been involved with Living Grace Church since her inception in 2009, and began serving as the Family Pastor in 2015, after faithfully serving as a Kern County Sheriff’s Deputy for seven years. Andrew has been married to his lovely wife Carolyn Berthiaume since 2005, and they have two twin boys, Henry and Miles. He strives to create a safe environment where all the youth of Living Grace will hear God’s Word spoken with clarity and authority. Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word”.