California - Bakersfield



Canyon Hills Bible College "cohort," located in Bakersfield, California, operates in partnership with SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary to enhance the distance education that SUM provides. SUM is a fully accredited Bible College that is training men and women to proclaim Christ throughout the cities of our world! At the Canyon Hills Bible College cohort you will be able to gather with like-minded SUM students in a dynamic classroom environment while fulfilling the SUM experiential ministry and spiritual training requirements via the practical hands-on ministry training and transformational mentorship provided by Canyon Hills Bible College.

Here is what sets Canyon Hills Bible College apart:

  • Relational Leadership Development
  • Global Missions Emphasis: Reaching Unreached/Unengaged People Groups
  • Local Missions Emphasis: Caring for the Poor, Widowed and Orphaned
  • Academic and Spiritual Excellence
  • Team Based Approach to Leadership
  • Community Transformation
  • Commitment to the Authority of God's Word 
  • Opportunity for Ministry Immersion

Visionary Leader



Wendell and Lynda Vinson have been pastors of Canyon Hills Church for 29 years. The passion of their hearts is to bring a living Jesus to a dying world. Wendell is known for his relevant teaching helping people develop a love for God's Word and for his life call to raise up leaders for the fulfillment the Great Commission.

Over these twenty five years, Wendell and Lynda have led the Canyon Hills congregation through a major relocation and numerous building programs. The design and development of the 42 acre Canyon Hills Church campus, Florence Gardens Senior Living Community and Frazier Woods Conference Center has been driven by the priority of creating environments that invite and include the unchurched.

Wendell and Lynda serve on numerous local and national boards for Christian ministries serving to engage the faith community in reaching beyond the walls of the church. As well Wendell serves or has served as a member of the board of trustees for Vanguard University Costa Mesa, We Care America Washington DC, Covenant Foundation of California, Convoy of Hope Springfield MO, Covenant Community Services Kern County, Kern Leadership Alliance and Bless Israel Washington DC.

Wendell and his wife Lynda have two adult children, Jenifer and her husband Kris and Jeremy, who serve as an integral part of the ministry team at Canyon Hills.


Cohort Advisor


Lyndsee Haddadin










Assistant Cohort Advisor


Erika Herron

In 2011, Erika took a missions trip to Ethiopia, Africa. This is where the Lord spoke to her in the clearest way He ever had. She knew that when she got back, full-time ministry was something she wanted to pursue. Upon returning, her home church, Canyon Hills, had agreed to start an SUM cohort while she was gone overseas. Erika knew this is exactly what God had planned for her, so she started SUM right away. Erika graduated SUM in 2014 and came on staff full time at Canyon Hills Church in January of 2015. Erika is currently serving in the Business Department, as well as Media and some Graphic Design. And as of this year, she took on the role as Assistant Cohort Advisor for the Bakersfield SUM cohort, serving alongside the Cohort Advisor, Lyndsee Haddadin.




Canyon Hills Assembly of God
7001 Auburn Street
Bakersfield CA 93306

Phone: (661) 871-1150