Pastor, Jeff Harrington
Pastor Jeff Harrington and his wife Kelly have been married since 1979 and have two adult children, Jake and Zach. Jeff recently retired from the Kern County Probation Department where he worked for twenty-nine years before becoming a full-time pastor. Jeff combines real life experience with biblical truth, humor and practical life application to create a message that is relevant and easy to understand and which is devoid of rules-based, guilt-driven religion. His desire is for Dove Creek Bible Church to showcase the freedom of a grace-based relationship with Christ.
Pastor, Ryan D’Amato
Pastor Ryan D’Amato and his wife Chrissy have been married since 2004. They have three children; Alison, Aubrie, and Andrew. Ryan has been serving as a Youth Pastor since 2000. He has a passion for making the complex simple, as he speaks God’s Word to students in ways that they can understand and apply to their everyday lives. He serves on High School campuses around Bakersfield and partners with other ministries to serve in outreach within our city. Ryan is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor; having worked in the industry with youth and adults for over a decade. He is currently working as a Chaplain for Hoffmann Hospice, encouraging and comforting those in their final days, as well as providing support to families as they journey through this season in their lives. Ryan’s desire for the Dove Creek’s Middle School and High School ministries is to provide an environment where students can connect with friends, grow in their relationship with Christ, worship together, and experience the ultimate change in their lives. It is Ryan’s passion to share the gospel and grow disciples for Christ, beginning in young generations of students.