Pastors and Elders

Chad Vegas - Lead Pastor

Chad is the founding pastor of Sovereign Grace Church. After completing his MA in Theology at Talbot, and being the high school pastor at RiverLakes Community Church, Chad was called to plant a church in Bakersfield. His passion is to know Christ and to make him known. He has been married to Teresa since 1994, and they have 2 children.

Jason Faber - Associate Pastor

Jason is one of the original four men whom God called to plant Sovereign Grace Church of Bakersfield. The son of a pastor and church planter, Jason has spent most of his life serving in the local church. He is currently pursuing His M.A. in counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. His desire is to be used by God to “bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of His name among all the nations.” (Romans 1:5) Jason has been married to his lovely wife Christin since 2011 and their son Benjamin was born in 2018.

John Bryant - Elder

John and his family have been attending Sovereign Grace since 2012. In 2013, he became a member of our Pastoral staff. John and his wife Marlo have been married for 23 years and have three children; Brianna, Zach and Jadyn. John has served in full time ministry for approximately 22 years in the role of youth pastor, associate pastor and church planter. John's greatest joy is in seeing the Gospel bring about the delight of God, to be made known to the people of God, in every tribe, tongue and nation for His glory alone... "Soli Deo Gloria"!

John Stevens - Elder

John and his family have been attending Sovereign Grace Church since the first Thursday evening meeting in August of ’06. Through leading small groups, prayer and building friendships in the body, his heart and desire to shepherd continues to grow. Laura and he have been married for 25 years and have 4 children; Keith, David, Carolyn and Abigail, ranging from 21 to 9 years old. His family loves the truth of Scripture preached at Sovereign Grace every week and the passion for Jesus Christ that is evident among the believers. He has a BS/MS degrees in Chemical Engineering, is a Professional Engineer and works as a technical consultant for an oil company.

Russell Horner - Elder

Russell serves as an elder at Sovereign Grace. He received his degree in Biblical Studies from Biola University and continues to study God's word faithfully. He loves teaching what he has learned from scripture to anyone, but especially to students because their understanding of the gospel will shape the rest of their lives. Russell's passion is to "proclaim Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me" (Colossians 1:28-29). He has been married to Ashly since 2005, and they have 2 children - Elliot and Hope.


Genevive Robison - Director of Children's Ministry

Genevive is the Director of the Children’s Ministry. She has been attending Sovereign Grace since 2013 and has been involved in children’s ministries for over fifteen years. She has a Masters degree in Behavioral Neuroscience with an emphasis in pediatrics from San Diego State University. Genevive has been married to her husband Nick since 2014, and they have three children - Emme, Liam, and Ellianna. Nick and Genevive are certified foster parents.

Michael Warren - Youth Pastor

Michael is a young man who loves Christ, His Gospel, and His church. He has attended Sovereign Grace since 2016 and has been involved in youth ministry for the last 10 years. It is Michael's desire to point the youth of Sovereign Grace to Christ and to serve alongside parents as they raise their children in the fear and admonition of the LORD.