Pastor Brian Allard, the son of Missionary Edward and Amelia Allard, spent much of his life in Africa. He came to the United States in 1979 to marry Jana and soon after, they went to Africa to work in missions. In February 1982, Pastor Allard joined the ministry team of Apostolic Gospel Church as associate pastor and April 1994 he assumed the role of senior pastor. Pastor Allard and his wife started their ministries as teenagers and have wide experience in ministry which includes the offices of evangelist, teacher, pastor, and missionary.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Pastor Allard also serves as a P.O.S.T. certified chaplain for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Delano Police Department, and the UPCI. His chaplain duties with Delano Police Department also include juvenile diversion/intervention. Rev. Allard is a graduate of Cal State University Bakersfield where he pursued studies in Psychology. Along with these studies, he has attended multiple classes and received certificates for classes such as Resource and Search Management for Victims of Stranger Abductions, Teen Suicide Intervention, Individual and Group Debriefing, completed F.E.M.A. Independent Study Program through the Emergency Management Institute, and has also obtained license with ICISF (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation) to respond to national and international crisis as a counselor. Currently, he is working on his license as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Sis. Allard is the church music director, office administrator, and director of ladies’ ministries. She is also a committee member of the UPCI Western District Ladies Ministries, coordinator for the annual Western District Ladies Conference, volunteers as a caregiver with Points of Refuge, has served as an advisor for My Hope Radio, is a dynamic speaker, and recording artist. Together, Pastor and Sis. Allard have two sons, Bryce and Blake, one daughter, Bryn-Anika, and two daughters-in-law, Ashlee and Hailey. In 2016, Bryce and Ashlee had a child making the Allard’s grandparents to a darling GRANDson. In 2018, a second GRANDson was born. Summer of 2020, they will add another GRANDson and their first GRANDdaughter.
Youth Pastor Bryce and Ashlee Allard
Following in the footsteps of their grandparents and parents, Bryce and Ashlee entered the ministry at a young age and have experience in teaching children and youth, media, music, and more. Bryce began singing in church at the age of five. In 2003, he was accepted into the Western All-State Youth Choir and, in 2005, he was one of five finalists in the Exalting Him National Talent Search sponsored by Daywind Music. He was featured on a nationally distributed compilation CD and recorded his first solo project in late 2006. In 2007, he won 2nd place in the North American Talent Search and has performed at numerous events in the United States, Africa, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, and more.
In addition to his duties as youth pastor and worship leader, Bryce is a public school teacher currently teaching music to elementary students. He is a graduate of Cal State University, Bakersfield, received his music certification from San Diego State University, and is nearing completion of a double Master’s degree at Point Loma Nazarene University. Along with working with the youth, Ashlee also sings on the praise team and is involved in AGC’s Ladies Ministries. She furthered her education at Hope University and is now a stay-at-home mom to their two sons, Lionel and Landon. May of 2020, they are expecting a daughter. They share their home with a cat named Ruger, and four dogs.
Spanish Ministries Pastor Jimmy Ojeda
Rev. Jimmy Ojeda came to AGC in 1992 and married Sharla Atkison September 2, 1995. He felt drawn to ministry and became a lay minister in the church. In 1998, he began working with our Spanish congregation, Iglesia del Evangelio Apostolico. The work has flourished and expanded into Pixley, a nearby community. He is employed as an Audit Specialist for pest management. Pastor Ojeda and his wife have three children Kelsey, Zack, Ethan and a son-in-law Steven Aguilar.
Children’s Ministries Pastor Blake and Hailey Allard
Blake and Hailey serve together as a dynamic team. Blake has attended AGC his entire life and married Hailey in December of 2018. Hailey quickly adapted to the AGC family. Together, they organize and direct B.L.A.S.T. (building lives around sound truth) for children 6-12, KIDZ Church for all children, special children’s events and other activities. Blake is also a public, middle school history teacher. Hailey is a public school third grade teacher. They are expecting their first child, Benjamin Robert, in summer of 2020.
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