Bakersfield Beginnings

In the late summer and early fall of 2013, three greater Bakersfield area families came together for prayer and direction about establishing an Orthodox church in Bakersfield. Mother Victoria, abbess of St. Barbara’s Monastery in Santa Paula, CA knew of our families and soon orchestrated a chance meeting with his Eminence Archbishop Benjamin at a Friends of the Monastery gathering, and the parish was quickly and officially launched in late October 2013, sharing space at a local Anglican parish. We have a very excited core group that hopes to see an American Orthodox parish thrive in the ripe soil of the Bakersfield area. We deeply desire a stable environment that can help us to pray, raise our children, and reach out to the community. To this end, regularly scheduled services, classes, and events are provided throughout the liturgical year. It is our goal to aid in the bringing of souls to Christ and His Church.


Saints Joachim & Anna Orthodox Church is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America. The mission of the Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all Nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all [things that He has] commanded” so that all people may be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth:

-To preach, in accordance with God’s will, the fullness of the gospel of the Kingdom to the peoples of North America and to invite them to become members of the Orthodox Church.

-To utilize for her mission the various languages of the peoples of this continent.

-To be the body of Christ in North America and to be faithful to the tradition of the Holy Orthodox Church.

-To witness to the truth, and by God’s grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit, to reveal Christ’s way of sanctification and eternal salvation to all.