Leadership

brian murphy

Lead Pastor / Elder

Brian helped to plant Living Grace Church and has served as lead pastor since her inception in June of 2009. He has been in full-time ministry since 1984, serving as youth pastor, executive pastor, and lead pastor. Brian’s schooling involved his undergrad work at San Diego Christian College and graduate work 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 fishing, hunting, and 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.” 

brian murphy

Lead Pastor / Elder

Brian helped to plant Living Grace Church and has served as lead pastor since her inception in June of 2009. He has been in full-time ministry since 1984, serving as youth pastor, executive pastor, and lead pastor. Brian’s schooling involved his undergrad work at San Diego Christian College and graduate work 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 fishing, hunting, and 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

Executive Pastor / Elder

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 Communication Studies. 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, Kate, since 2003 and they have three children - Eli, Trevor, and Madelyn. 

billy freels

Executive Pastor / Elder

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 Communication Studies. 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, Kate, since 2003 and they have three children - Eli, Trevor, and Madelyn. 

matt petrissans

Associate Pastor

Matthew Petrissans joined Living Grace staff, as Associate Pastor, in May 2020. He earned his bachelor's degree in Zoology in 2011; however, as he began to learn more of God and His desire to be glorified among the nations, Matthew got heavily involved in mission work among unreached people groups. After several years of short-term trips in Ethiopia and Indonesia and equipping young adults to take the gospel to isolated people groups, God began to direct Matthew towards focused involvement within the local church. Matthew is passionate about making the Word of God known, that it may bear fruit in the lives of those who hear it. He has been married to his wife, Allison, since 2015 and they have one boy, Jonas, and one on the way.

matt petrissans

Associate Pastor

Matthew Petrissans joined Living Grace staff, as Associate Pastor, in May 2020. He earned his bachelor's degree in Zoology in 2011; however, as he began to learn more of God and His desire to be glorified among the nations, Matthew got heavily involved in mission work among unreached people groups. After several years of short-term trips in Ethiopia and Indonesia and equipping young adults to take the gospel to isolated people groups, God began to direct Matthew towards focused involvement within the local church. Matthew is passionate about making the Word of God known, that it may bear fruit in the lives of those who hear it. He has been married to his wife, Allison, since 2015 and they have one boy, Jonas, and one on the way. 

justin anspach

Worship Director

Justin Anspach has served with the worship ministry at Living Grace since 2009 and joined the LG staff as the Worship Director in 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Horizon University.  Justin has been married to Kendra since 2010 and they have two young boys, Reid and Graham.  Justin desires to use his talents to help people connect with the Gospel through the content of songs that are intentionally selected each Sunday. Worship through music is not about how the music stirs our emotions, but about how it directs our minds to think about the truths of God we find in the Bible. Colossians 3:16 “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

justin anspach

Worship Director

Justin Anspach has served with the worship ministry at Living Grace since 2009 and joined the LG staff as the Worship Director in 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Horizon University.  Justin has been married to Kendra since 2010 and they have two young boys, Reid and Graham.  Justin desires to use his talents to help people connect with the Gospel through the content of songs that are intentionally selected each Sunday. Worship through music is not about how the music stirs our emotions, but about how it directs our minds to think about the truths of God we find in the Bible. Colossians 3:16 “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” 

julie salyer

Office Administrator

Julie Salyer’s relationship with Living Grace started during the launch in 2009, when she began assisting with the church bookkeeping through her then employer, Wren Kelly CPAs. In 2017, after the birth of her daughter (Ellie), Julie began a part-time position as the Church Office Administrator for Living Grace. She has been married to her amazing husband, Sam Salyer, since 2014, and their daughter Ellie serves as the Living Grace office mascot and morale booster. Their family is constantly amazed by God’s incredible provision and faithfulness in their lives, and they are excited to be part of God’s good work in the Church and beyond. 

Julie Salyer

Office Administrator

Julie Salyer’s relationship with Living Grace started during the launch in 2009, when she began assisting with the church bookkeeping through her then employer, Wren Kelly CPAs. In 2017, after the birth of her daughter (Ellie), Julie began a part-time position as the Church Office Administrator for Living Grace. She has been married to her amazing husband, Sam Salyer, since 2014, and their daughter Ellie serves as the Living Grace office mascot and morale booster. Their family is constantly amazed by God’s incredible provision and faithfulness in their lives, and they are excited to be part of God’s good work in the Church and beyond. 

allen ray

Elder

Allen Ray has been serving as an Elder at Living Grace since 2015.  He has been married to Carol since 1988 and they have four children and six grandchildren. He works for Aera Energy as an Information Analyst.  He is continually humbled by the leadership of Living Grace and how they handle the teaching of God's Word with excellence. He loves the church and desires to see Christ's name made known to the ends of the earth. 

allen ray

Elder

Allen Ray has been serving as an Elder at Living Grace since 2015.  He has been married to Carol since 1988 and they have four children and six grandchildren. He works for Aera Energy as an Information Analyst.  He is continually humbled by the leadership of Living Grace and how they handle the teaching of God's Word with excellence. He loves the church and desires to see Christ's name made known to the ends of the earth. 

bob boston

Elder

Bob was part of the launch team that planted Living Grace in 2009. He currently serves on the set-up and usher teams and has been a home group leader since 2012. He has been married to his wife Rae Ann since 1982 and their children, Amy and Shawn, have blessed them with four grandchildren. After graduating from Montana Tech in 1978 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, Bob served in the oil and gas industry until his retirement in 2019. Bob loves the simple church model of Living Grace and their commitment to frontier missions in alignment with God’s ultimate purpose for His glory as described in Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

bob boston

Elder

Bob was part of the launch team that planted Living Grace in 2009. He currently serves on the set-up and usher teams and has been a home group leader since 2012. He has been married to his wife Rae Ann since 1982 and their children, Amy and Shawn, have blessed them with four grandchildren. After graduating from Montana Tech in 1978 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering, Bob served in the oil and gas industry until his retirement in 2019. Bob loves the simple church model of Living Grace and their commitment to frontier missions in alignment with God’s ultimate purpose for His glory as described in Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”