Who We Are
We are an open-minded faith community that welcomes people of every age, race, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Our church family is made up from people of many different family structures, economic realities, physical and mental ability, education and faith experiences. That is part of what makes us great. While there are differences among us, we practice loving respect even though we may not always think alike.
We welcome all who desire to participate in this nurturing community. We’re on an exciting journey of faith toward a life of greater love, understanding, and mutual respect. We seek to serve those in need, both globally and locally.
Some of us are just beginning our faith journey. Some of us have been on the path much of our lives. Most of us are somewhere in the middle. Wherever you are in your faith journey, here at FCC, you will find others who are seekers of the sacred, all living the questions as best we are able.
We are an Open and Affirming Church
What is Open and Affirming? "Open and Affirming" (ONA) is the designation for congregations in the United Church of Christ that have adopted a public covenant that welcomes all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity fully into the church's life and ministry. Churches become ONA to send a clear message that God's welcome is for all people and that this particular church is a safe place for the LGBT community. We acknowledge God's acceptance of every individual and Jesus' commandment to love one another. We strive for justice and equality for all of God's children.
Music Director - Amanda Isaac
Amanda Isaac lives up to the moniker “crazy music lady” and loves it. Amanda teaches at Bakersfield High School. She spent most of her formative years in UCC churches, including First Congregational, returning to Bakersfield after college. Her BA and MA in music are from CSU Chico and holds a Kodály Certificate from McNeese State University. She is very active in her academic professional community through different organizations and leadership roles. Amanda joined the staff of FCC in August 2009. A wide variety of diverse music, threaded by the Spirit, has enriched her spiritually and professionally; her goal is to share that wide vision of the sacred with the First Congregational community.
Child Haven Director - Myetta Beavers
Myetta Beavers has been the Director at Child Haven Preschool since 2010. She was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA and has one adult son. She received her MA in Early Childhood Education from CSU-Bakersfield and holds a Child Development Director's Permit. At the age of 14, she began volunteer work with children ages 0-5 at Compassion Christian Center and now serves as the Director of the Nursery and Early Childhood Department during church services. Myetta has worked in the Child Development field since 1995, first as an aide and teacher’s assistant, then as a 2-year-old teacher for six years, and later teaching preschool. She currently runs the preschool by day and by night is a Adjunct Child Development Faculty at Bakersfield College. She loves to dance, read to children, and occasionally sing (to children).