Higher Ground Ministries started in 1992. Pastor Ron Roberson and his sister Evangelist Vonda Elaine Roberson, aired the program on Time Warner Television (known as Brighthouse Network) once a week. In 1994, Pastor Ron, along with his two sisters, Polly Hogue and Gloria Murphy started an evening service at 7000 Wible Road and rented the church building from Pastor Duane Meadors at New Life In Christ Church; the first service opened with approximately 7 members which included one musician, Randy Murphy, Gloria's husband. After several years of low attendance and discouragment, Pastor Meadors and his congregation, along with a few other churches helped establish HGC with their support of attendance in celebration services held once a month on Sunday evening until the church had its own growth.
The church was growing rapidly when in 1998 the church was blessed with their own building at 3637 Hughes Lane in Bakersfield. By 2002 the church had doubled in size. In 2003 their blessed Evangelist, Vonda Elaine passed away with Cancer. Gloria and Randy Murphy had started their own ministry, Reining in Christ, and Polly Hogue was the Associate Pastor. Two services were held every Sunday morning. Pastor Ron started searching for a larger building to accommodate the congregation and the rapid growth.
God Is Good! Higher Ground Church successfully purchased a larger Sancutary at 912 New Stine Road which seats approximately 550 attendees. HGC has church services every Sunday morning at 10:30AM. The mid-week service is held on Tuesday at 7:00 PM. HGC offers a Sunday evening bible study at 5:00 pm and is lead by Associate Pastor Polly Hogue. "Bible Links" (small groups) on Monday, Wednesday's and Friday's. What A Blessing!!
God is Good! On March 22, 2009 Higher Ground Church and New Life In Christ Church united permanently to form a New Higher Ground Church. The two churches had started having joint "Celebration Sunday" evening services. These services together proved to be a stepping stone toward an acknowledgment of “Like Vision” and “Spiritual Unity” between Pastor Ron and Pastor Duane.
Higher Ground Church is an inter-denominational, full gospel fellowship. Our goal is to reach out to the local and international community. We now air our television ministry with Brighthouse Network, 7 days a week. Our future goal of this church is to reach out into our community and the nation through the broadcast ministry. We want to bring the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to win souls for the “Kingdom of God”. In this website you will find a complete list of all our staff and volunteers that work hard to bring you a church that can be a refuge for your entire famIly. If you would like more information please visit us at 912 New Stine Road, Bakersfield or visit us @ Higher Ground Church on facebook
Thank You and God Bless
Pastor Ron Roberson