Meet Our Staff

Middle School Pastor:
Luke Neighbors
Pastor Luke was raised in Bakersfield and grew up in Valley Baptist Church. He married Katherine in August of 2005. They have 3 children, Tyson, Kinslee and Henry Bowe. In 2006 after Graduation from California Baptist University, with a Business degree, he and his wife moved to Fresno, California where he worked as a loan officer. In 2009 he be-came the Youth director at Copper Springs Church in Clovis, CA. It was at that time that God began laying on his heart a call to ministry. In 2012 he moved back to Bakersfield were he has served as the Assistant Facilities Manager at Valley Baptist Church. He is attending Southwestern Theological Seminary, where he is working on a Masters of Theological Studies and a Masters of Divinity. In his free time he is a huge University of Oklahoma fan, enjoys all sports and playing video games.

Youth Worship Pastor:
Matthan Hillberg
Matthan grew up in Bakersfield, CA in a large family. He gave his life to Christ at age 7. Being part of a large family allowed him to see first hand examples from his parents and older siblings of what it looks like to serve Christ with your whole life.

During summer camp between his Junior and Senior years of high school Matthan surrendered his life to full-time ministry. But it was while he served in the college ministry that God began to grow a passion for music and a desire to lead people to Jesus through music.

Following graduation from New Life School of Worship, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Matthan was given the opportunity to serve at Valley Baptist Church as the youth worship pastor. Overseeing Middle School and College worship ministries.
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Secretary to Minister of Student Ministry: Joy Newton
Joy has been married to Calvin for 36 years. They have three great children, Zac (married to Sarah), Heather (married to Ben), Justin, and granddaughter Ella. She has a big heart for the students of Valley Baptist wanting to see them grow in the Lord and knowing that each of them are loved! She enjoys reading, hanging out with students and spending time with her family.