Landmark Missionary
​Baptist Church​​

A place to come, learn and grow. Feel the love of Christ pour over you as you fellowship with the Family of God​. We have services and events for all ages.

Solid biblical doctrine and traditional teaching. Bible studies and small groups fellowships.
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"Ye must be born again."
— John 3:7

Regeneration is a subject which lies at the very basis of salvation, and we should be very diligent to take heed that we really are "born again," for there are many who fancy they are, who are not. Be assured that the name of a Christian is not the nature of a Christian; and that being born in a Christian land, and being recognized as professing the Christian religion is of no avail whatever, unless there be something more added to it—the being "born again," is a matter so mysterious, that human words cannot describe it. "The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." Nevertheless, it is a change which is known and felt: known by works of holiness, and felt by a gracious experience. This great work is supernatural. It is not an operation which a man performs for himself: a new principle is infused, which works in the heart, renews the soul, and affects the entire man. It is not a change of my name, but a renewal of my nature, so that I am not the man I used to be, but a new man in Christ Jesus. To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: man can do the one, God alone can do the other. If you have then, been "born again," your acknowledgment will be, "O Lord Jesus, the everlasting Father, Thou art my spiritual Parent; unless Thy Spirit had breathed into me the breath of a new, holy, and spiritual life, I had been to this day 'dead in trespasses and sins.' My heavenly life is wholly derived from Thee, to Thee I ascribe it. 'My life is hid with Christ in God.' It is no longer I who live, but Christ who liveth in me." May the Lord enable us to be well assured on this vital point, for to be unregenerate is to be unsaved, unpardoned, without God, and without hope.

Sermon and Lesson Topics

Though always seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Darren uses topic series to teach through. Sunday mornings are traditional hard hitting sermons, but on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, pastor prefers the open Bible Study format in order to include everyone's thoughts and questions, thus making it a more personal learning experience. We have Sunday School Classes for all ages. The younger groups use colorful handouts and teaching aids to be able to better grasp the lesson. In our adult class, we learn the deep mystories of the Bible and even engage in lively discussions and Q&A.
Sunday Morning Worship

The Baptist Way! What makes us Baptist? Our Name? Our Worship Services? No, it is our distinct "Landmark" doctrine that makes us Baptist. The fact that we teach, believe and practice in the autonomous authority of the local church, secure salvation by grace though faith, Baptism as a picturesque step of obedience and local body communion; these are the Landmark truths, long held throughout history that make us who we are.

A 13 week study if Baptist Distinctives.

Come find out who we are.
Sunday Evening Bible Study

Our Sunday night focus right now is on the Pauline Epistles. We are slowly going through the letters written by Paul to the churches abroad and how they apply to us in the modern church and as individual Christians.

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Wednesday Evening Bible Study

We are back to our studies of the minor Epistles on wednesday Evenings. Currently we are taking an indepth look at 1 John. Come join us on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM
Meet the Pastor and his family
Pastor Darren, wife Jennifer, and children Ashleigh and Timothy Ridings, have been with Landmark since December 2012 and have a shared ministry vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the Kern River Valley.

Pastor Darren and Jennifer have been married since May 1996.

Although this is his first church, pastor is no stranger to the ministry. Born into a Baptist pastor's home, Darren has been in and around ministry his whole life.

Pastor ministered for a total of 10 years traveling as a semi-pro southern gospel singer with the Ridings Brothers, Southern Journeymen Quartet and most notably, the Golden State Quartet before joining with his children and wife mnistering in music and word. Pastor has also ministered as a Sunday School teacher and Director of Music Ministries

Jennifer has ministered for over 12 years as a private Christian School Teacher in Lancaster, CA. She has also worked as a children's Sunday School and VBS teacher. Jennifer is currently the Children's Ministry Director at Landmark.

Son, Timothy, wears many hats at Landmark from grounds keeper and custodian to sound tech and Music Director.

Daughter, Ashleigh, works in the children's ministry with her mother as the Children's Ministry Leader on Sunday mornings.