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  • Phone: (661) 487-1797
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  • 9530 Hageman Rd, Suite B, Box #380, Bakersfield, CA 93312
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  • Twitter: @vanguardbible

Service Times

  • Sundays @ 9:00a
  • Freedom Middle School
  • 11445 Noriega Road
  • Bakersfield, CA 93312

Our Leaders

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Gordon Zwirkoski

Gordon Zwirkoski

Elder; Founder & Director of FiveStone Churches

Family: Joyce (wife); Jason (married to Kelli), Matthew, Rachel, Sarah

Education: M.A. in Theological Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; M.A. in Public Affairs Journalism, University of Illinois at Springfield; B.A. in English Literature, Western Illinois University

Responsibilities at Vanguard: Elder

Biggest influences: Jesus Christ (of course), the prophet Isaiah, the apostle Paul, John MacArthur

Music in my car/on my smartphone: Selah, Keith and Kristyn Getty, Chris Tomlin, Steve Green, John Michael Talbot

Favorite word: Intensity

Least favorite word: Cannot or Will not.

Sound I love: Joyce singing or playing the piano; Joyce and my children laughing

Sound/noise I hate: beeping sump pump alarm, beeping smoke alarm

Favorite movies: Amazing Grace, Peter and Paul, The Book of Eli, Luther

Favorite book(s): Bible (of course), Ethics for a Brave New World, The Cost of Commitment, Total Truth, Spiritual Leadership

Spare time: landscaping, reading, motorcycling, camping

Best invention: printing press

Another profession I’d like to try: fisherman or forest ranger

A profession I never want to try: junior high school teacher

Passion(s): Christ-devoted local churches, character before gifting

Biggest frustration(s): my sin nature, dead orthodoxy, traditions of men, distracted drivers

When I get to Heaven, I’d like to hear God say: “It was in your heart to build a house for My name, you did well that it was in your heart . . . and I was pleased to make it happen.”

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