Ross Amato

Pastoral Team


I have lived in Tehachapi since I was 5 years old and have grown to have a deep love for our little community. I left for college to pursue an English degree at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1998.  I loved studying and God would later use this passion to draw me to Himself.  I married my high school sweetheart Tamara in 2001 and later that year, we welcomed our first son Riley. We moved back to Tehachapi in 2003 and I began attending COBC in 2004.

My Wife Tamara and I have 8 Children; Riley, Dylan, Gwyneth, Wyatt, Audrey, Myles, Elyse, and Emmy who we recently adopted from Hong Kong.  I give all credit to my Savior for any good work in me. Our Heavenly Father has completely changed me from the inside out and continues to shape and mold me daily to look more like His Son.

I have been blessed to serve at COBC since 2005, during that time the Lord has allowed me to teach 5th and 6th Grade Sunday School, Adult Bible Fellowship as well as lead and teach a growth group in our home.  While serving on the Men’s Ministry Board, there were several men who took the time to encourage and disciple me, some of those same men, I now have the privilege and honor of serving with on the Elder board.

Fun Facts:

  • My wife and I met on a Road Trip for the THS Cross Country Team when we were 15.
  • My favorite Bible verse is James 1:2-4.
  • I used to surf almost daily when we lived on the central coast; if Tehachapi had a beach, it would truly be paradise.
  • I’m super nostalgic and love all things 80’s.