Meet James & Lydia

Serving as Lead Pastors of New Life Church

James & Lydia Ranger are the Lead Pastors of New Life Church. They came to Bakersfield in 1988 as Lead Pastors with a passion to reach Kern County. New Life was an envisioned group of 45 people and has rapidly grown to become a racially, ethnically & socio-economically diverse community of faith. New Life is known as a safe place to be restored through the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

James gives his life to teaching about how following Jesus Christ leads us to a life of prayer, restoration and reinvesting the gifts God has so graciously given each of us! He is passionate about equipping leaders around him to advance the kingdom & developing the local church.

Lydia is a wife, daughter, mom, friend, and nurturer in every way. She shares her life song through music & teachings that inspire people to draw close to their Creator.

James & Lydia can often be found sharing their 33 years of marital experiences with other couples, leading worship together or simply just being in community with others on their journey to becoming followers of Jesus Christ. They have 2 grown sons, 2 daughter-in-laws and 6 grandchildren.