Leadership of Calvary
Calvary is fortunate to have over 50 years of combined church leadership experience.
Let us introduce you to our Elders.
I grew up in Hendricks County but was gone for about a decade, attending Cedarville University and then serving in my first pastorate, both in Ohio. I was thrilled with the opportunity to return in June 1997 with my wife Janna and two little girls, Rachael and Sara. Caleb came along a couple years later. God’s gracious leading has afforded me the privilege of being back home again in Indiana to raise my family while being near extended family and to grow in and with a spiritual family at Calvary Plainfield. I am so grateful!
I find great joy in the ministries of preaching and teaching as God gives me opportunity, leading public worship and prayer ministries, and discipling men for leadership.
I love spending time with my family, including traveling with Janna. We enjoy different destinations, but Florida is our default. I also love reading all kinds of books, but especially theology.
One of my favorite recent reads is Tim Chester’s Enjoying God: Experience the Power and Love of God in Everyday Life (The Good Book Company). One of the many encouraging quotes reads like this: “Do not complain that God never does anything dramatic in your life if you never attempt anything outside your comfort zone.”
Elder DISCIPLESHIP Outreach & Missions
For my entire life Avon Indiana has been my home. I grew up attending Bethesda Baptist Church (now Parkside Bible Church) in Brownsburg, Indiana. Our family also had stints where we would attend church where my grandfather was an interim pastor. The Lord saved me as a child through the faithful teaching and loving discipleship of my parents, as well as the ministry of Bethesda. After graduating college in 2001, I joined Calvary Church as my home church and base of ministry.
In 2004, I was called to serve on staff as the Youth Pastor and was blessed by God to serve in that capacity until 2019. I have been married for almost 13 years to my beautiful wife, Diana, and together the Lord has gifted us with 5 wonderful children. In my free time I love to be outdoors, backpacking, or playing sports with my wife and kids. My wife and I have been known to challenge our kids’ bedtimes on a game of Kan Jam. If they win they get to stay up later, but if things go our way, they have to go to bed early.
I love our God and am so thankful for His church! God has so graciously given us a family at Calvary that is chiefly concerned with God’s Glory and is intimately involved in discipling each other. My greatest desire for our church is to see our people hoping fully in the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ and moving outward to the lost with the reconciling news of the gospel.
A verse that has impacted my life and informed my prayers to God this year is found in Psalm 143:8 “Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
Elder member care & FINANCES
I grew up and attended high school in Greencastle, Indiana. Graduated from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology in 1983.
I have been married to my wife Tami, since 1983. They have two adult children Meagan and Jon. We have been members of Calvary Church since 2008. I enjoy shooting sports especially instructing in church outreach events and 4H.
My life verses are:
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I Am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
A study of the book of Acts over the past year has really brought to light the love, perseverance, obedience and determination of the Apostle Paul. The book of Acts continually records Paul’s love for all whom he had contact with. The aspirations for my ministry are to model the characteristics of Paul with the confidence of Christ’s love keeping in mind my life verses above.
Staff Student Ministries
For better or for worse, I am the only staff member who wasn’t born a Hoosier. I grew up in Springfield, Ohio, where I first believed the gospel of Jesus Christ through the teaching of my loving parents and the faithful men and women of Southgate Baptist Church. I earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and digital media at Cedarville University, along with a Bible minor. I met my wife, Alyssa, there in 2011. We’ve been happily married since 2015, and have two daughters: Vera and Corinne.
After a four-year stint in video production at my home church, I joined the staff at Calvary in 2019 as the Student Director. Though I still enjoy media production, my passion is helping others see God’s greatness through His word, the Bible. God used my home church’s youth group to draw me closer to Him, because it turned to the Bible at every occasion to find answers to life’s questions. I pray God helps Student Ministries at Calvary to do the same thing!
I like most sports, but nothing compares to baseball. I just don’t have the emotional energy to care about football and basketball after watching the Reds lose every year…so my knowledge of other sports is pretty pedestrian. I acquired a love for board games after college, since none of my friends played sports. I’m up for just about any long, involved, highly competitive board game.
I pray that most of all, my love is for God and His word. Most of my personal time has been in the Gospel of John recently. I want to learn to see how “the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (1:17).