[At St. Paul's, clergy and laity] are sharing ministry . . . in a way that should be spotlighted for the rest of the church. The joy and enthusiasm I saw in the congregation truly reflected the signs of the Holy Spirit."
- The Rev. Canon Sarah Shofstall,
Diocese of Western Massachusetts
We welcome as friends everyone, of any race, gender, creed, denomination, political affiliation, or sexual orientation, for all of us "are one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28)
All Are Welcome! ¡Todos están Bienvenidos!
St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Bakersfield welcomes you to worship. We invite you to join our inclusive community as we deepen our awareness of the presence of Jesus Christ in us through the Episcopal tradition of inclusivity, worship, and service. We welcome all to share His joy and love with us, rejoicing in the transforming power of the Spirit.
The St Paul's Bishop's Committee, along with Bishop David and Canon Anna, are pleased to announce that we have called the Rev. Luis Rodriguez to serve as our next Priest-in-Charge.
Rev. Luis was one of the priests that came to our Diocese shortly after the reorganization about 10 years ago to be a part of our re-birth and re-building. He served at Church of Our Saviour in Hanford for some years, and is currently serving a congregation in the Diocese of Hawai'i.
Rev. Luis is excited to return to the Diocese of San Joaquin, and sent this message to us all, "Life has a funny way of taking unexpected but completely delightful turns. As I look to joining all of you at St Paul’s I find myself at one of those turns, and I am utterly thankful and excited at what it promises to bring. I know we will do wonderful things together as we expand the witness of St. Paul’s and the Episcopal Church in Bakersfield, and discover a renewed commitment to care for all God has given St. Paul’s. I look forward to joining you in the new year, and in the meantime know you will be in my prayers. At the same time, please keep me in yours as I prepare to come home."
We are so very grateful for the love and leadership of Rev. Cindy, who has walked with us during this transition, and we will be celebrating her ministry with us in December. We will be welcoming Rev. Luis on the first Sunday of January, which is the Feast of the Epiphany. In the meantime, please continue praying for St Paul's, the Bishop's Committee, Rev. Cindy and Rev. Luis as we look towards these transitions with hope and grace.
During this time of transition we ask that we all allow Rev. Luis time to say his goodbyes in Hawai'i. Although we are all excited to welcome him to St. Paul's, let's do so together once he arrives. Let's be respectful by giving him this time to spend with those with whom his time is limited.
Click to set custom HTML
Join us for
Holy Eucharist Services
Sundays 10 am
(Child care & Sunday School available)
followed by Coffee Hour in Grace Hall
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
2216 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
Email St. Paul's
Church Office Hours:
Monday-Friday from 9am to 1pm.
Check out our
Facebook Pages below
This week at St. Paul's Wednesday