We are a church that invests in the lives of people, serving those who want more of what really matters by connecting them to Christ and the church so that they may know God and live life to the fullest!

We are loving pastors, staff and volunteers discovering ways to share Christ’s love and truth. We exist to equip our community with a Christ-centered world view while loving God and our fellow man.  This gives us the opportunity to be what God wants us to be, inspiring people to Reach Up, Reach Out and Reach Beyond!

We offer biblical experience, impacting people with God’s love and truth.  We all have an important part to play in God’s kingdom and this is shown through ministry commitment, faithful attendance and giving.

We are all about restoring the Creator’s intended purpose through prayerful evangelism,

discipleship, worship, education and fellowship.  Because we are with you – you are not alone!

We strive to be faithful to the rich historical heritage of Christ’s transforming work in human civilization which he has entrusted to us so that we may impact our own culture to the glory of God.

We are Christ’s Church of the Valley.  We are ALL IN!

An update from the Pastor Search Committee…

November 18, 2014

Dear CCV Family,

As you know, the CCV search team had previously engaged a professional pastor search firm (Vanderbloemen Group) in anticipation of a pastor search that could take a year or more to find the right candidate. It seems that God has different plans for CCV though. Shortly after engaging Vanderbloemen Group, it was brought to our attention that Kevin Carlson would soon be available and that we should take a close look at him. When we asked our Vanderbloemen Group representative, Jeff Bigelow, about Kevin, he indicated that they had already vetted him and were quite familiar with him. Vanderbloemen’s recommendation was to suspend the formal search process and pursue Kevin for the Senior Minister position at CCV.  The committee followed the recommendation and conducted a number of Skype and phone interviews with Kevin (and wife Brenda), checked his educational background, ran a full background check (including criminal and financial), and talked with others within our fellowship of churches that know him. In addition, we sought Troy Gardner’s input on Kevin pastoring CCV since he brought Kevin to us and knows him personally and professionally and spoke with nine (9) personal references who had worked with him (some as his supervisor, some as his co-worker and some whom he supervised as well as several elders/lay leaders).  We also spent large parts of two days meeting and speaking with Kevin and Brenda in person.  This all brought the committee to believe that Kevin is the man that God has chosen to be our next Senior Minister at CCV.

On Saturday (November 15th) the pastor search committee recommended to the church board (consisting of the elders, deacons, deaconesses, and trustees) that Kevin Carlson be called as Senior Minister for CCV. Upon review, the board voted unanimously in favor of calling Kevin to CCV.

As a follow-up to the board vote, Kevin and his wife Brenda will be traveling to Bakersfield on Friday (November 21) to spend some time meeting with staff, board members, ministry leaders, and members of the congregation prior to preaching a message on Sunday (November 23). A congregational vote will then be held on Sunday, December 7 to call him as Senior Minister.  At CCV, a membership vote of 85% or greater is required to confirm the board’s recommendation for the Senior Minister to be called.  Voting members of Christ’s Church of the Valley are all active members who are 16 years of age or older.

We have planned a number of opportunities for all individuals in the church to learn more about Kevin and Brenda, meet with them in person, and have an opportunity to ask questions before the congregational vote.

The following is the schedule of the opportunities planned:

 Wednesday, November 19th

  • 6:30pm to 8:00pm Informational meeting with the Search Committee +question/answer session

Friday, November 21st

  • Afternoon meet with Staff at CCV
  • 6:30pm to 7:30pm Prayer and Praise
  • 7:30pm – 9:00pm (or so) Soup served in Fellowship hall – social time with congregation.

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Saturday, November 22nd

  • 1:30pm – 3:00pm meet with Deaconate and Ministry leaders
  • 3:00pm – 5:00pm social time with general congregation
  • 5:30pm – 7:30pm dinner and meeting with the elders

Sunday, November 23rd

  • Kevin will be preaching 1st service (8:45am) & 2nd service (10:30am)
  • Kevin and Brenda will be available to speak with general congregation between services during fellowship time (10:00am to 10:30am).
  • Kevin and Brenda will be available to speak with general congregation after 2nd service (12:00pm to 1:00pm?)

Sunday, December 7th

  • Congregational vote on Kevin December 7th after each service (85% affirmation vote required)
  • Immediately following the congregational meeting at the end of the 2nd service, there will be a gathering to announce the results of the vote, refreshments will be available in the fellowship hall.

The leadership at CCV is committed to providing opportunities for all to know about Kevin, to know why he is being recommended and to spend some time with the Carlsons as a couple.  Feel free to ask individual questions of the elders/search committee if you cannot attend any of the meeting opportunities.

In Christ’s Service,

Bill Zeiders, Chairman of the Elders



2 thoughts on “Home

  1. greg mizioch

    What are the Biblical Principles, core values of the church?

    • Danyel Owens

      Hi Greg,
      Thank you for contacting us. Our Biblical Principles and Core Values are listed under our About Us section under What We Believe. Here is the direct link: http://www.ccvbak.org/about-us/what-we-believe/
      Please let us know if we can assist you with anything further, or if you have any questions that we can answer. Have a blessed day!

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