The WELLSPRING Staff

 
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Rev. Dr. Josh FitzpatrickLead Pastor

josh@wellspringbako.com

Josh was born and raised in Redding, CA.  He met his wife, Megan, while earning his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/Theology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.  He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in Missional Church Leadership from Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, TX.  While the Fitzpatrick family has lived in several different places, they are proud to be settled in Bakersfield where they are excited to raise their three children, Emily, Juliette, and Liam.  

 
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Kate Wallace NunneleyAssociate Pastor

kate@wellspringbako.com

Kate is the Co-Founder of The Junia Project and an adjunct professor in political science.  A committed Christian and millennial feminist, Kate enjoys writing and speaking on the intersection of politics, religion and gender.  Her favorite theologian is Gilbert Bilezikian.  She holds a Master of Science degree from London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University.  Kate is currently working on her Master of Divinity degree through APU as well.   

 
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Leif Wallace NunneleyAssociate Pastor

leif@wellspringbako.com

Leif is a Bakersfield native who is intrigued by all things theology.  He loves the local church and is passionate about discipleship.  Leif holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Anderson University and a Master of Science in a College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University.

 
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Curtis Nemetz - Worship Director

curtis@wellspringbako.com

After becoming a Christian in college (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo) Curtis began playing piano on the worship teams for Campus Crusade for Christ and Calvary Chapel SLO.  It was there that he met his wife, Vali, and received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.  Curtis and Vali moved to Bakersfield where he joined the worship team at Laurelglen Bible Church while pursuing a Master of Science in Counseling from CSUB. Curtis and Vali now have four children.  He loves leading people into praise and worship through music, and particularly loves seeing the passion for music and for Christ grow in his own children. 

 
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Melanie MURIllo - Community Impact Director

melanie@wellspringbako.com

Melanie Murillo is a Bakersfield native who takes pride in her city and its inhabitants.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Youth and Family Life Ministry from Mid-America Christian University and holds a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Point Loma Nazarene University.  She is married to Damon and has a daughter named Makena.  She is passionate about partnering with others in missions - local, global and all the little daily things in between.  

 
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Pam Rivers - Children's Ministry Director

pam@wellspringbako.com

Pam works in Academic Technology at Bakersfield College after teaching for 15 years in both elementary and junior high school. She is originally from Indiana, but has been living in California since college. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications from Ball State University and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. She has experience as a volunteer in Children’s Ministry and also experience with parenting and teaching her own child, Madison.  Pam also has experience in working with children with special needs.  She is excited to bring her passion for learning to the children at Wellspring and to help them grow closer to Jesus.