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.
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.
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.
Keith Andrew - Elder
Keith Andrew was part of the original launch team that planted Living Grace Church in 2009. He has served as a Home Group Leader since the church’s inception and was chosen to be on the Elder Board as of November 2017.
He attended University of Arizona graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business-Marketing in 1979. Keith’s career has been in Produce Sales in this valley since 1980. He has been married to his wife (Lisa) since 1980 and they have three children (Kate, Shannon and Molly), as well as six grandchildren.
He loves leading and fellowshipping with the members of his Home Group as well as serving the church through cooking for, hosting, and teaching others.