"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the Gift of God." (Ephesians 2:8)
I was born-again in 2001 but didn't really understand real surrender until '03 or '04. I'm amazed at God's faithfulness in my life. I stepped into small group leadership in 2012 and became a deacon mid '13. I am very blessed by this church body and cannot wait to see where the Lord will lead us.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I moved to the area from Gettysburg, PA in 1998. I was that guy who said he "believed" in God but didn't really know Him. My view of God was idolatrous and not based on scripture. Many confronted me on this issue, but it was my wife's good character and knowledge of the word that challenged me the most. After her invite to attend church in 2000--the rest is His-story! I got saved and married to Amy that same year. We now have two daughters, Lily and Karly. I love the Scriptures and apologetics. The Word of God is powerful and does not return void. It changed my life, now I want to reach out to others.
“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love, which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Timothy 1:12-17)
I came to the Lord in the spring of 1994 and have just been blown away at the places God has lead me to and the ministries He has allowed me to be a part of over the years. In the beginning, I served with the youth, first as a helper and then as the youth leader. I’m blessed to be currently serving as the Assistant Pastor. Some of my favorite memories have happened during mission trips, local outreaches and church events!
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" -2 Corinthians 5:17
I was born and raised in a Christian home surrounded by love. I always believed I was saved but lived my life with one foot in and one foot out. My first marriage of 21 years was not centered around the Lord and ended in divorce. I met my husband Rob and we began going to Calvary Chapel in California. I heard about God and His love for me in a very personal way. In October 2005 I went to a Calvary Chapel Women's reterat and came face to face with my Savior and also with the lifestyle I was living. Rob and I were married in 2006 and we've been involved in our church and are committed to living for and serving God.
"I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well." (Psalms 139:14)
I'm one of those classic 80's girls. I was raised in a Christian home filled with the love & grace of Jesus. Like any home, things weren't perfect, but over all I had a fairly normal childhood. I had a brother, sister and a mom and dad who loved each other. We didn't have much monetarily, but there was a lot of love.
When I was thirteen the unthinkable happened: my dad passed away and my life as I knew it was turned upside down. There's a long story that coincides with that, but suffice it to say, my life would never be the same again. It was 1985 (need I say more?).
I was thrust into the "real world." I spent the next 6 years spiraling out of control. You see, having grown up in that Christian home, I never knew Christ. Not really, not personally. I thought I was fine. I had the knowledge of Christ but I was seeking to do things unconventionally now. I was using my teenage years to find out what it was that the world had to offer me.
In my search I found a lot of things. I found I did have problems but so did everyone. The most important thing I found was the love of my life. On Main Street. He was in a band and we all know band guys are really cool--right! No I mean it, really they are. To this day he's still my right on band guy. I was (and still am) his biggest fan. His groupie, if you'll allow me the term. I followed him everywhere. (You know, God knew something I didn't!) It was the best thing I did--following Jeff around. God took his life and changed it. Jeff got saved but the rocker in him would not change. Now he was in a Christian band and having Christian concerts. I still followed him around. Why wouldn't I? I was fine with God. I would certainly never get in His way. I grew up in a Christian home, went to church my whole life. I didn't have a problem with Christians, I was one--right?
Little did I know, as I was standing backstage at one of those Christian concerts preparing to receive "new believers" and pray with them, I became one of them!!! God grabbed ahold of my heart that day in a way that I had never felt before. My God became My Savior that day. Jeff and I have been serving Him together ever since. We've been serving the body of Christ at CCJ since 1993. We have 5 beautiful children, 2 boys and 3 girls, a wonderful daughter-in-love, a sweet grandson and a beautiful granddaughter. It's been a wild ride, but I wouldn't change a thing because Jesus changed everything!
"We love Him because He first loved us." (1 John 4:19)
I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior at the age of 13. Children's Ministry is a unique ministry because you get to share the Love of Christ every time you walk through the church doors, whether you are in class or not. I have a special opportunity to have a relationship with kids who aren't my own. I have an opportunity to be a friend and a counselor to these kids. But what is most special is I, and every individual who volunteers in the Children's Ministry has an opportunity to grow these kids in Christ. We get to see the excitement in their eyes when they understand God's word in a new way. We get to share with them Biblical ways to handle hard situations. We even have an opportunity to pray with them as they accept Christ. Our Children's Ministry has a hand in shaping our next generation.
"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." (Psalm 34:1)
I was born in 1957 (the best year for car design in my opinion ) in southern California. I was Raised Catholic, going to catholic schools through high school (even becoming an alter boy). So I was raised to know about God and had knowledge of God, but as a teenager I drifted from Him and got caught up in the world. In 1977 I met the love of my life, Sandy. We moved 1600 miles away to Joplin where we were blessed with two wonderful children (& now several grandchildren).
In 2011 the Joplin tornado changed our lives forever. The Lord led us to Calvary Chapel, and the heart I witnessed to serve people and meet needs in the community blew me away. If the example of Jesus was of love and serving others, then I realized that was something lacking in my relationship with God. I had been serving the Lord in a previous fellowship but I realized it was out of selfish reasons, fear and a sense of responsibility. It was my job.
I have learned more in my time at Calvary Chapel about the true law of Christ (John 13:34) and more about my salvation and what it means to be sanctified and set apart for the Kingdom God than all my previous years combined. I never really realized what it is to be a Christian, or to walk in the Spirit until the pure and simple teaching of the Word of God that I received at Calvary Chapel. It is my heart to serve in any capacity that is needed. It is truly a blessing to call Calvary Chapel Joplin my home church and I'm filled with expectations of how our Heavenly Father is going to use this church to touch many lives for His glory and purpose.
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-13)
I was brought out of the darkness and into the light in 1991. I grabbed hold of the plow and I’ve never looked back. I just want to take the time here to state the fact that God has blessed my life in ways unimaginable. He’s given me my beautiful wife, Missy, five wonderful children, one grandson, one granddaughter and a ministry that He’s blessed tremendously!
When Jesus got ahold of my heart, I began to serve Him immediately in the worship ministry. About three years later He began using me in a teaching capacity and serving as an Assistant Pastor for four more years. In 1998 I began serving Him full-time vocationally here at CCJ. Years later I still can’t believe the blessed privilege God has extended to me in serving His body through teaching His word.
If you don’t have a church you call “home,” I’d like you to consider this a personal invitation to join us on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings!
To God be the glory, great things He has done!