Be a Part of Something Special

Worship with us in person!

Sundays 11:00 at First Baptist Church 500 Buena Vista Dr. Merced in the Administration Building Rm. 2. zoom 342 225 5971 pw 857096
Bible discussion groups Tuesday at 7:30pm 1195 Pinnacle Dr.
Thursday 7:00 1232 Villa Dr.
UC Merced Tu 12:00 Pavilion Lawn
Merced College Wed 12:00 in the quad Midweek Wed 7:30 at UC Merced Rm GLCR 120

Known as the “Gateway to Yosemite,” Merced is a beautiful and surprisingly affordable city, waiting for disciples to spread the gospel.  It’s home to UC Merced, one of the fastest growing universities in the country, projected to grow to over 15,000 students by 2030.


The Pacific Southwest family of churches recently planted a church in Merced. Perhaps God is calling you to take on this challenge.  We meet Sundays at the First Baptist Church 500 Buena Vista Dr. 11:00 Ad Building Conference Rm. 2.  We will have our inaugural service on Oct. 1. See the flyer to the right for details.  

merced inaugural service invite
We’re looking for the following people:


We are looking for students who want to be part of this amazing opportunity to serve God in this way—both transfers to UC Merced and new students interested in Merced Community College.


This is also an appeal for mature married couples, empty nesters, or recent retirees.


We would also love to have singles who feel the call to the mission field to come to help plant a flag for Jesus in the beautiful city of Merced.

The Leadership

The team is being led by John and Jan Oakes, who have been leading the church in Bakersfield the past three years. They have many years of experience shepherding singles, in the teaching ministry, and leading smaller churches. 

John is the author of 15 books on topics ranging from scientific questions raised by the bible to detailing church history. He is also the founder of “Evidence For Christianity.

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Whatever walk of life you’re in, we’re asking you to consider heeding the call to take on the Christian adventure of a lifetime and join us for the first church planting in California in over twenty years!