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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DAILY WORD
(from Spurgeons Moring and Evening


"Shew me wherefore thou contendest with me."
— Job 10:2

Perhaps, O tried soul, the Lord is doing this to develop thy graces. There are some of thy graces which would never be discovered if it were not for thy trials. Dost thou not know that thy faith never looks so grand in summer weather as it does in winter? Love is too often like a glow-worm, showing but little light except it be in the midst of surrounding darkness. Hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. Afflictions are often the black foils in which God doth set the jewels of His children's graces, to make them shine the better. It was but a little while ago that on thy knees thou wast saying, "Lord, I fear I have no faith: let me know that I have faith." Was not this really, though perhaps unconsciously, praying for trials?—for how canst thou know that thou hast faith until thy faith is exercised? Depend upon it, God often sends us trials that our graces may be discovered, and that we may be certified of their existence. Besides, it is not merely discovery, real growth in grace is the result of sanctified trials. God often takes away our comforts and our privileges in order to make us better Christians. He trains His soldiers, not in tents of ease and luxury, but by turning them out and using them to forced marches and hard service. He makes them ford through streams, and swim through rivers, and climb mountains, and walk many a long mile with heavy knapsacks of sorrow on their backs. Well, Christian, may not this account for the troubles through which thou art passing? Is not the Lord bringing out your graces, and making them grow? Is not this the reason why He is contending with you?

"Trials make the promise sweet;
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there."




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

We are finishing up a three study on Glottony; different aspects of over indulgence in our lives as God's children.

Beginning the first Sunday in February, we will take an indepth look at the Baptist Doctrinal distinctives; doctrinal teachings that make us 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 2 Peter. 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.