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3633 Rosedale Hwy

Bakersfield, CA 93308

(661) 829-6743



Keith Newsome

(661) 829-6743

Keith and his family moved to Bakersfield in 2007.  He married his wife in 2007.  They have four children and two Labrador Retrievers.  Keith was raised in a secular single parent household.  As a troubled youth, Keith began searching for God in 1986 through various 12 step programs and infrequent visits to Church services.  Keith finally surrendered his life to Christ and was Baptized in 2004.

Keith and his wife have been members of Rock Harbor Church since it was founded in 2011.  He has had several ministries positions such as, safety team member, teacher, Deacon, and Church Advisory Committee.   He now serves as Rock Harbor’s Church Administrator.

Keith has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and over thirty-four years of experience in the Oil and Gas Industry leading small to mid-size organizations.  As Church Administrator, he is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day operations of The Lord’s Church is run efficiently and with integrity.


Monica Vendsel

Preschool & Children’s Ministry Director/Executive Administrative Assistant
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Monica grew up in Southern California. She married a local Bakersfield boy, in 1993. There is never a dull or quiet moment as their home is bursting with love and laughter as they celebrate life with their four fabulous kiddos! Monica was saved, baptized and began her journey as a follower of Christ at age eight.

Monica has been a member of Rock Harbor Church since 2011. She and her family were actively involved in discipleship, Sunday School, and Children’s Ministry, which helped to establish a strong foundation in her walk with God.

Monica’s education includes an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education from North Idaho University followed by a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Organizational Development from Fresno Pacific University. She has been on staff part-time at RHC since 2012.

Marci Davis

Superintendent of Education/Media Coordinator

Marci grew up in Bakersfield, CA. She learned about Jesus, and was saved at age 5 while attending a Sunday school class. She has a son, Tyler, daughter-in-law, Adrianna, grandson, Alex, and granddaughter, Adalynn.

Marci’s adult education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Spanish, A Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, An Administrative Services Credential, a Reading Authorization Certificate, and a Bronze Medallion through Koinonia Institute.

Marci became a member of Rock Harbor Church in 2014. She has been involved in the Evangelism ministry, and has gone to El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Honduras, as well as participated in prison ministries, and local outreaches to juvenile detention facilities. She has served in various ministries at Rock Harbor, and is currently the Superintendent of Education and the Media Coordinator.


Peggy Collins

Administrative Coordinator
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Peggy was born and raised in Wisconsin. She married her husband, a Bakersfield native, in 2008. They have two sons. Peggy received Christ as her Lord and Savior as a teenager while attending a youth event.

Peggy and her family have been members of Rock Harbor Church since 2012. With her passion to serve the body of Christ, she has assisted in various areas including children’s nursery, worship and sound.

Peggy has an Administrative Assistant degree from Northcentral Technical College.

Tye and Jenna Blake

Media Director 661-829-6743

Tye was born and raised in Bakersfield. He and his 3 brothers were raised by his dad after his mom left when he was about 4 years old. Tye accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 2008, not long after God brought Tye his soon to be wife “Jenna” in 2010 and then they were married in 2011. They have 3 fur babies, Macie, Buddy, and Zoe.  Tye began going to Rock Harbor at the end of 2017. Then in 2021 God opened a door to do full time ministry so Tye left his job in the oil fields to fulfill his call to spread the Gospel though media at Rock Harbor Church as Media Director.

Shannon Neely

Counselor/Support Group Leader

Shannon was born and raised in Bakersfield, CA. She was blessed to grow up in a Christian home, which afforded the experience to know Jesus at a very young age. One night her mother was tucking her into bed, and she asked her mother: “How do I get Jesus in my heart?” She was four-years old that night when she believed unto Jesus for salvation, and she was baptized at eight.  

Shannon became a member of RHC at its inception, and then moved to Colorado, where she met her husband. She and her husband came to Bakersfield to serve at Rock Harbor Church in 2017. She has served in weekly set-up & tear-down, worship team, youth ministry, prayer ministry, evangelism, welcome team, leading women’s Sunday school, leading women’s support groups and providing individual, marriage, children/adolescent, and family counseling.  

Shannon has a bachelor’s degree from Bethany University with an emphasis in church leadership. She also has a master’s degree in English from California State University, Bakersfield, and a master’s degree in biblical counseling from Liberty University. Shannon has participated in two internships, one with an emphasis in counseling and the other with an emphasis in leading support groups. 

Gerri Ring

Women’s Bible Study Teacher/Coordinator

Gerri was born and raised in Porterville CA, where she came to know the Lord and accepted Him as her Lord and Savior in 1954 during a Sunday morning church service.  In her Junior and Senior years of high school, she was an assistant youth leader in her small community church.  As a young adult, Gerri led numerous care groups, started a church library, and was the church jr. choir director. 

Gerri is wife, mother and grandmother to fourteen, and great grandmother to seven.  

Gerri is semi-retired, and she spends more time with her family and taking camping trips with her husband.  Gerri loves learning about her Lord and faithfully attends mid-week services and Bible studies. But Gerri’s ultimate joy comes from making her evangelism field wherever she is by sharing of the gospel with those she encounters along life’s journey.  

Sam Blue

Audio-Visual Tech Lead/Visual Presentation

Alfonso Gonzalez

Audio-Visual Tech Lead/Livestream, Video Mix & Lighting

Tanya Gonzalez

Debi Walters

Video Editor/Administrative Assistant

Debi was born again in November 2006 and became a member of Rock Harbor Church in 2012.  Debi discovered one of her spiritual gifts as she started volunteering on the Tech Team, which led to her becoming one of our Video Editors. Serving in this capacity has allowed Debi to use the gifts the Lord has given her to minister to others around the world.  Debi has a passion for  Evangelism and has gone on trips to El Salvador and Coast Rica to share the gospel. She has also participated in ministries at women’s prisons and youth detention facilities.      

Debi has worked for her parents for 15 years in the Oilfield Industry.  She started out working in the area of order entry and quoting, and later took on the duties of inventory controller. She now has added accounting and managing the front office to her many tasks. This work has equipped Debi to serve in the role of Administrative Assistant at Rock Harbor Church.    

Debi raised her two sons on her own.  She knows the importance of bringing up boys to become Godly men and to teach them to take on the responsibility of becoming Godly leaders one day in their home and community.  This lead Debi to also take on the responsibility of Treasurer for the Rock Harbor Church Trail Life for boys Troop CA-811, where their motto is Walk Worthy.   

Melanie Sanders

Administrative Assistant

Melanie was born and raised in Bakersfield and married her sweetheart, Robert, in 1994.  Although Melanie didn’t grow up in a home where she had any kind of spiritual influence, she was led to Christ at 19 years old, by her “soon to be” husband’s father. Robert and Melanie have two adult children: Emily, a  mechanical engineer, and Mason, who is pursuing an avionics career in the United States Military.  Their family has attended Rock Harbor since 2011, and Melanie has served part-time on staff since 2016.

After a lengthy career in retail, Melanie followed God’s leading into the field of teaching children in a Christian setting. Melanie has been blessed to work with children for the past 16 years and has also served at Rock Harbor with children and youth for the past 7 years.  She is employed part-time at Rock Harbor in an administrative position and enjoys volunteering in many other areas of service.

Monica Madrigal

Photography/Graphic Design

Monica was born and raised in Bakersfield. She moved to Hayward, CA for college, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. Monica has become very adept in the areas of graphic design and photography. She has gladly put those skills to use at Rock Harbor church to honor God with the gifts He has blessed her with. 

Monica was raised Catholic but began attending a Bible believing church in middle school with her mom and siblings. She learned, understood, and believed that Christ died for her sins at the age of 13 in a middle school youth group. She was baptized alongside her mother and sister. Monica began to mature in her faith as she attended a discipleship school in San Diego. There she studied and learned the Bible in a much deeper way for the first time. While in San Diego, Monica was given the opportunity to go on several mission trips to Mexico. 

After years of moving back and forth, Monica returned to Bakersfield, and now serves on the Rock Harbor media team, welcome team, Evangelism team, and in the children’s ministry. She has two children, and is so grateful to be part of the Rock Harbor Church body of Christ, who have become her close family. 


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