Pastors & Staff

Pastor Gary Barber

Years before The Oaks Community Church had its beginnings, local folks may have already been acquainted with Gary and Lori Barber. “We were on staff at the Bakersfield Rescue Mission from 1984 through 1988,” says Pastor Gary. “Lori worked at the Women’s and Children’s Shelter; I worked with the Men’s Discipleship Program, and also with […]

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Pastor Anthony Duran

Upon entering the sanctuary of The Oaks for the first time, one is undoubtedly struck by the many international flags hanging from above. Interacting with the congregation offers some explanation… we are truly an international church. “I love the diversity here,” says Anthony Duran, Pastor of Worship and Missions. “It’s challenging… it helps us to […]

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Pastor Mike Espejo

Pastor Mike Espejo can often be seen around the Oaks “getting his hands dirty”… painting, repairing things, whatever needs to be done to keep the facility up to snuff.  It’s a holdover from his days in the construction industry. “I first got connected with The Oaks when I went to work for a contractor,” Mike […]

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Pastor Dennis Allen

Dennis and Barbara Allen have lived in Bakersfield since 1992.  They have three children, Chris, Zac and Rachel.  Dennis is in charge of the “business end” of the church, and he’s equally committed to his work with our families. “I truly enjoy spending time with people and seeing the Lord working in their lives.  I […]

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Pastor Calvin A. Guillory, Jr.

People heading to and from Sunday morning services at The Oaks get a bonus if they’re tuned in to 1410-AM KERI.  A musical intro is followed by enthusiastic words: “Yes, Lord, let it rain!  Hallelujah! Open the flood gates of heaven, Lord!  This is ‘Let it Reign’, and I am Calvin Arthur Guillory, Jr., Pastor […]

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Monica Espejo

Officially she’s The Oaks Office Manager, but as Monica Espejo jokes, “I do a bunch of things, so they never change my title!”  For example, “I do the facility, which means that I have to make sure that everything is working properly… and the decorating… we theme it out every month.”      Monica also […]

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Lori Panici

Lori Panici and her husband Nick have been a part of The Oaks family since nearly the beginning.  “We attended the church’s very first worship celebration in September 1994,” she says, “and we’ve been worshipping and serving Jesus here with our family since that first Sunday celebration.”  The couple has three grown children and three […]

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