Valley Kids

Welcome to the Children's Department of Valley Baptist Church


For a map of the children's floor CLICK HERE.

Valley Kids Team

  • Rusty Kuhns - Kid's Pastor
  • Jeanette Nelson - Children's Ministry Coordinator
  • Kate Neighbors - Valley Kid's Campus Director
  • Kala Barnett - Secretary to Kid's Pastor
Rusty Kuhns - Kid's Pastor

Rusty Kuhns

Kid's Pastor

Jeanette Nelson - Children's Ministry Coordinator

Jeanette Nelson

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Jeanette is the Assistant to the Children’s Minister and Ministry Coordinator for our Valley Kids’ Ministry. She works closely with the other ministry leaders and coordinates Sunday School, AWANA, Vacation Bible School, summer camp, mission trips and other activities for children from 1st grade to 6th grade. It seems that anything and everything that has to do with kids finds Jeanette right in the mix of things. Her husband is also a Sunday School teacher and both love serving where kids are at. With five grown children between them and 10 grandchildren and counting, she loves the wonderment and excitement all children bring to their families. She’s lived in Bakersfield many years but still has roots tied to being born and raised in Alaska.
Kate Neighbors - Valley Kid's Campus Director

Kate Neighbors

Valley Kid's Campus Director

Kate Neighbors is an event coordinator and administrative assistant to the Children’s Ministry. She grew up all over California as her father would move churches as a pastor. In 2012, she was happy to name Bakersfield her newest residence as she accepted the opportunity to serve at Valley. She enjoys participating in church activities and teaching children about God. She has an amazing husband, Luke, and together they are committed to raising their two kids with fear and admonition of the Lord. Kate enjoys reading, ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, gatorball, music and singing in her free time. She is excited about God and the path He has set her family on. Kate is looking forward to the opportunity to further the Kingdom of God through Valley Baptist.
Kala Barnett - Secretary to Kid's Pastor

Kala Barnett

Secretary to Kid's Pastor