Meet Our Team

Senior Pastor

Since September 2008, Pastor Shawn has been faithfully serving as the Senior Pastor of Calvary Community Church.  In this role, Shawn is the primary teacher of God’s Word, main vision leader executing God’s call on our church, and the lead shepherd, making sure our ministry teams are serving people well.  Shawn is passionate about ensuring our ministry is all about Jesus Christ and everything that happens at Calvary honors God as we seek to live and love like Jesus.

In July 2016, Shawn’s memoir, "All But Normal: Life on Victory Road" was released by Tyndale House Publishers. It is a powerful story of growing up in a chaotic home with a mother greatly affected by a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and how her struggles impacted his family. God has also been growing Shawn’s influence through his radio teaching ministry, All Things New, that currently broadcasts on more than twenty stations from California to Florida.

Shawn blogs regularly about ministry and leadership at In addition, Shawn enjoys serving on the board of directors at several community and ministry organizations including AWANA Clubs International, The Joni and Friends Foundation, and Los Robles Medical Hospital in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Prior to Shawn's role at Calvary, he served as the Senior Pastor of Bible Center Church in Charleston, WV for 11 years when God blessed the church with substantial growth. He received his MDiv from Capital Bible Seminary in Lanham, MD and a BA at Appalachian Bible College in Bradley, WV. Shawn has been married since 1990 to Lesli and they have three young adult children.

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Executive Team

Curtis and his wife Sheryl Lynn joined Calvary in 1992 and after two years, Curtis became a member of our Elder Board where he served for eleven years. In 2006, Curtis joined the staff as our Executive Pastor. In this role, Curtis works closely with our Senior Pastor, the Elders and the Operations Board, while overseeing the Executive Team members and senior leaders of Calvary’s ministries, facilities, and finances. He also teaches our membership class, Discover Calvary - Class 101. Prior to vocational ministry, Curtis worked for 22 years in corporate positions. God has used Curtis’ various life and work experiences to further the mission of Calvary through applied strategy, analysis, compassion and wisdom. Curtis earned an MBA from Pepperdine University and 60 units of Bible from Multnomah University and Talbot Seminary. Curtis has been married since 1984 to Sheryl Lynn and they have two young adult sons.

Brian has been part of Calvary’s staff since 2008 working in the Missions ministry. In January 2015, he joined the Executive Team as the Missions Pastor. Brian oversees Calvary’s mission outreach both into the local community and ministry partnerships around the world. He is passionate about seeing lives transformed by the power of the Gospel and helping mobilize the Church into reaching the lost, poor and marginalized for Christ. Brian grew up at Calvary and after graduating from UCLA, Brian served for several years as a missionary for Youth With A Mission in Townsville, Australia, where he met his Canadian wife Carmell, also on staff with YWAM. They have been married since 2006 and have four children.

Since joining Calvary's staff in 2005, Carolyn has been overseeing all aspects of our small groups ministry, including strategies, leadership development, and curriculum. She is a former attorney with a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley Law School, who has been leading small groups in a variety of contexts for over twenty-five years. Carolyn is passionate about building biblical community that moves people deeper in their relationship with God and with one another. Carolyn is a contributing author for Disciples' Path, a discipleship curriculum from Lifeway Christian Resources and also writes regularly for Christianity Today's blogs on women in leadership and small groups. As part of the communication team of the global Small Group Network, she enjoys hosting "Group Talk," a monthly podcast for small group ministry team leaders. Carolyn has been married to Donn since 1994 and is a grateful mom of two daughters.

After being part of the Calvary family since 1993, Doug joined the staff in 2011 as the Director of Welcome and Connection. In 2013, Doug added Communications to his responsibilities and joined the Executive Team. Doug has a background in design and a career in retail marketing, store design, and merchandising. Doug believes God has been preparing him for this unique role at Calvary with many years of experience in mass communications, space planning, and visual storytelling. He is passionate about communicating God’s story through multiple mediums and helping Calvary continue to be a church where people are welcoming, connecting, and serving in their areas of giftedness. You can usually find Doug on Sundays in the center of our lobby, meeting people and helping them find their place at Calvary.

Gina is passionate about making sure individuals and families affected by any type of disability are welcomed and integrated into the life of our church. This includes providing one-to-one buddy support for those who are integrated, running and operating a self-contained classroom, helping with social activities and job placements for adults, and facilitating parent support groups. Gina joined Calvary’s staff in November of 2014 and has over 15 years of experience in the special needs community after earning her degree in Child Psychology with an emphasis in Special Education at Loyola Marymount University. Gina is committed to ensuring all the children and adults within the Special Needs ministry hear, learn, and experience the good news of Christ. Gina’s husband Dennis and her two children share her commitment to families with special needs and often volunteer in the ministry.

Jeremy has been a member at Calvary since 2007 and first joined our staff as Pastor Shawn’s assistant in 2009. He subsequently served as an Area Leader for Small Groups Ministry and Men’s Ministry for two years. In 2014, God called him to plant a church, Saddleback Los Angeles, where he served as a Campus Pastor. Thankfully, in 2016, God called Jeremy back to Calvary as our Pastor of Discipleship and Evangelism. Along with his ministry experience, Jeremy has spent 15 years as a small business owner. Jeremy is passionate about leading, serving, and supporting people as they learn how to trust Jesus Christ with their body, mind and soul. Jeremy grew up in the Conejo Valley and earned a bachelors degree in Christian Ministry at The Master College and is currently working on completing a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Lexie have been married since 2009 and have three children.

Since 2012, Brian has been leading Calvary's high school ministry and in 2017, he became the primary teacher and ministry team leader for our rapidly growing Young Adults Ministry. Brian oversees a group of dedicated staff and gifted volunteer leaders who want to reach students and young adults with the Gospel and help them grow in their faith. Brian’s journey at Calvary began in 2007 when he was a college student at Loyola Marymount University and drove up every week to lead a small group of high school guys. After graduation, Brian joined our staff and served in various positions within student ministries. In 2015, Brian earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and in 2016, he was ordained through Calvary Community Church. Brian has been married to Dani since 2013 and has a daughter Grace, born in 2018.

Nate hails from Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia, and has come to Calvary via Florida. After beginning his career in education, God called him into children's ministry within the local church setting. After transitioning to the role of Children's Pastor, he earned a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and joined Calvary’s Family Ministry Team as the Pastor for Children's Ministries in March of 2013. Nate oversees ministries for birth-5th grade and middle schoolers, which fits well with his passion for teaching kids and students about Jesus and seeing families grow in their relationships with God together. Nate has been married to Lauren since 2005 and they have three children.

Steve has been serving as Calvary’s Care Pastor since 2001. In that role, he oversees all aspects of the Care ministries including the Care Center staff, counseling, support & recovery groups, marriage preparation, memorials, benevolence, and the 24-7 minister-on-call program. Prior to Calvary, Steve planted and led a church in Moorpark, California for sixteen years, and in Scottsdale, Arizona for five years. He also served as the Coordinating Chaplain for the Ventura County Fire Department for twelve years, building teams of chaplains for the County firefighters. Steve loves to support and develop teams to help people find hope and healing through Jesus Christ. He has been married to Allyson since 1981 and has four grown children and two grandchildren. Steve enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping in God’s beautiful creation.

After being part of Calvary for four years, in August 2015, Michelle joined Calvary’s staff as the Director of Music. She is responsible for assembling musicians, executing and overseeing all the musical elements for weekend worship services, Spotlight - Calvary’s Creative Arts Academy, and special events. Michelle is originally from Adelaide, South Australia and has been a Contemporary Christian artist and songwriter for many years. She has been awarded ASCAP songwriter of the year, won the Dove Award, and has recorded 7 CCM #1 radio singles, gold and platinum albums. While touring all over the world, Michelle has developed a wide range of experience in music production and communication of lyrics. Michelle is most passionate about creating worshipful environments where the Holy Spirit can move, heal, and breathe life into people.

Ministry Leaders

Since joining Calvary's team in April 2017, Brian has been responsible for leading all aspects of our growing Young Adults (YA) Ministry. He coordinates Thursday night services, oversees YA small groups, provides pastoral care to young adults, and develops volunteers to carry out God's vision for Millennials in our community. Brian is passionate about shepherding young people to experience the truth and hope of Christ. Prior to his position at Calvary, Brian spent nine years serving in Christian Camping at Forest Home working closely with a staff of young adults. Brian earned a master's degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis in leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2018. He has been married to his wife Amy since 2013 and they welcomed their son Isaac in March 2018.

Tony has been leading in Calvary's High School Ministry since 2016 first as a volunteer, then, an intern, and now, a staff member. In his current role, Tony oversees the planning and execution of Sunday services, small groups, events, camps, and mission trips for the high school ministry, as well as training and developing both students and adult leaders within the ministry.  

Tony’s passion for ministering to high school students arose from his own journey of faith and first-hand experiences of how critical these years are for a young person. Tony graduated with highest honors from Pepperdine University in 2019 and is working toward a degree in Master of Divinity. He is from Vail, Colorado, and enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and spending time outdoors

After growing up at Calvary, Connor joined our staff in April 2017 as the Middle School Director. He leads students in 6-8th grades and serves their families in all areas of Middle School ministry, including weekend services, small groups, camps, and outreach events. Connor is passionate about equipping students to love God and love others, in part, because he became deeply committed to Jesus during his own middle school years here at Calvary. Connor interned for two years at the University Fellowship Church's High School Ministry while attending University of Oregon, where he completed a B.S. in Business Administration. Connor is currently working on his Master of Divinity through Western Seminary and loves to cheer for the Oregon Ducks.

Mary has been part of Calvary for over two decades. In 2007, Mary joined the staff as the leader of the Early Childhood ministry. Mary is passionate about sharing Jesus and Biblical truths with young children and loves designing engaging environments where infants and preschoolers develop a deep sense of God’s love for them.After thirty years as a commercial real estate broker and business owner, she realized the two hours of volunteering in Early Childhood on Sundays brought so much joy and fulfillment that it was time to go back to school and earn a Bachelor of Science in Child Development. Mary also invests deeply in volunteers and seeks to equip them as they minister together. She treasures her family time with her husband John, grown children and grandchildren.

Rik has been part of the Calvary family since 1999 and joined Calvary’s staff in May 2015. After retiring as the Chief Administrative Officer for a Fortune 100 firm with over 50,000 employees, Rik is utilizing his spiritual gifts in administration and his business skills to oversee several departments that provide logistical, operational, and financial support. He finds joy in contributing at Calvary where four generations of Rik’s family continue to faithfully participate and serve.

Since 2014, Stephen has been serving as our Elementary Director. He oversees teams of volunteers who disciple children in Calvary Kids, coordinates programming for weekend services, leads AWANA ministries, organizes annual events, and helps create all aspects of Calvary's summer Vacation Bible School curriculum. Through these ministries, Stephen is deeply committed to helping elementary children develop a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Stephen completed a B.A in Elementary Education from Bryan College, with an emphasis in Special Education. Stephen loves using his skills and gifts to equip children to understand that they are made in the image of God and how their lives can reflect that amazing truth. Stephen also enjoys coaching middle schoolers in various sports at Oaks Christian School.

Trish joined the staff in 2017 to build and oversee Calvary's outreach programs that serve the under-resourced, marginalized, and overlooked in our community. Trish also has a passion for developing a culture of discipleship for volunteers, acting as a liaison with our community partners, and mobilizing the church body to utilize their talents to serve others.

Trish is a former English teacher with a Master’s degree in Education Leadership. In 2007, she switched from working in the classroom to assisting in pro bono legal clinics. For the past ten years, Trish has worked in various faith-based nonprofit organizations by teaching, mentoring, and serving those who struggle with challenging life-dominating issues such as childhood trauma, drugs and alcohol abuse, violence, chronic homelessness, and incarceration. She finds great joy in helping people find support, hope, and healing through Jesus Christ.

Troy joined Calvary’s staff in January 2016 after serving as the Pastor of Small Groups, Outreach and Discipleship at Bible Center Church in Charleston, West Virginia for three years. He has advanced degrees in Ballistics, Bible, and Theology. Troy has worked as a U.S. Army weapons expert, defense industry consultant and program manager. He has also held leadership positions in both nonprofits and ministry environments. Troy is passionate about building relationships that encourage people to engage and invest their time, talent, and treasure in the body of Christ. Troy has been married since 1993 with two children and has an older brother, Pastor Shawn, who likes to tell stories from their childhood for sermon illustrations.