Our Staff

Our Staff

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Darren Reed

Lead Pastor

Office: (661) 399-3303
Facebook: Darren.N.Reed

Pastor Darren is a Bakersfield native and grew up at Olive Knolls. His experiences have led him to minister to people in the inner-cities of Orlando and Oklahoma City, as well as shepherding a church in Kaneohe, HI.  The Lord then brought his family back to Central California where he led the Church of the Nazarene in Tehachapi.  
Then in 2015, God brought him back to Bakersfield to serve in his home church, Olive Knolls.  Darren has a passion for teaching the word and discipleship… not to mention a strong cup of coffee and road cycling.  He is married to Julie, and together, they have 6 children.  Darren’s vision for his life can be summed up in two words: Transformed Lives!

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Brent Kall

Student Ministries and Family Life Pastor

Office: (661) 399-3303
Facebook: Brent.Kall
Twitter: @PastorBrentKall

Brent comes to Olive Knolls with a over 25 years of ministry experience. He has served in a variety of roles including Youth Pastor, Family Life Pastor, Teaching Pastor, Children’s Pastor, and Church Planter. He grew up in Southern California and has his undergraduate degree from Point Loma Nazarene University as well as a Masters Degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has a passion for students and watching the Holy Spirit transform lives as they grow in their relationship with Christ. Brent enjoys spending time with his wife, Lori, and three children. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, graphic design, and cheering on the Dodgers, Rams, or Bruins!

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Debbie Hansen

Mission Pastor

Office: (661) 399-3303 ext:104
Facebook: Debbie.Hansen.370

Debbie has been part of the Olive Knolls Church family for most of 25 years. Her passion is to help  others to know Jesus as their Savior, grow in intimate fellowship with Him, learn His Word, and be transformed into Christlikeness. Debbie felt a call to full time ministry, first serving at Ridgeview Community Church as the children’s pastor for almost two years. She was called to return to Olive Knolls as Children’s Pastor in June, 2008, and has transitioned to Outreach. Debbie and her husband Curt have been married for 15 years and have a blended family of five children and six grandchildren.

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Mariah Zimmerman

Children's Pastor

Office: (661) 399-3303 ext: 800

Mariah has been serving in children’s ministry for over 10 years in a variety of capacities. She has a passion for sharing and cultivating the love of Christ with children and their families, while equipping them with tools to share that message with people in their lives. Mariah has lived all over California, from the desert to the mountains. She and her husband David have a blended family of six kids, with the two youngest attending school right here at Olive Knolls Christian School. 


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Paula Carter

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Office: (661) 399-3303 ext:802

Paula has attended Olive Knolls Church for 22 years. During that time, she served as a lay youth leader for 10 years and worked in Children’s Ministry for the last six years. Paula and her husband Bruce are a blended family of six adult children and three grandchildren. Her many responsibilities as Children's Ministry Coordinator are broad. Paula is blessed to be a part of the amazing team at Olive Knolls!

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Bev VanderZwan

Early Childhood Director

Office: (661) 399-3303 ext:801


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Donna Alsop

Life Group Coordinator; Office Manager

Office: (661) 399-3303

Donna Alsop and her husband, Richard, have four grown children and have been attending Olive Knolls since 1992. She began her tenure here as a bookkeeper for both the church and school in 1998. In 2001, she became the church receptionist, then moved to her next position as Communications Secretary. She is currently the Office Manager and has recently taken the leadership of Lifegroups. In addition, she facilitates a Ladies Bible Study in her home. Donna’s vision for her life is “God revealed,” and her mission is “to know God and make Him known.”

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Richard Newton

Facilities Manager

Office: (661) 399-3303 ext:712

As the Facilities Manager, Richard oversees the team whose jobs are to make sure our church and school campus are safe and well maintained for our visitors, staff, and children. He and his staff also oversee special events ranging from 10 to over 600 people hosted on our campus by other local organizations. In addition to managing our facilities, Richard assumes the Human Resources roll. Richard and his wife, Tiffany, and family have been part of the Olive Knolls family for over 19 years.

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Justin Denney

Worship Pastor

Office: (661) 399-3303, ext 109

Our newest staff member, Justin and his wife, Beth, come to us from San Diego.

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John Getty

Celebrate Recovery and Organic Outreach Pastor

Office: (661) 399-3303, ext. 713

After leading Celebrate Recovery for several years, John has been called into the ministry and is also our Organic Outreach Pastor. John and his wife Shelley have two children.