- Ken MarrAssisting PastorKen MarrAssisting Pastor
I gave my life to the Lord at Calvary Chapel Modesto in 1989. I spent my early years as a professional photographer and later in property and landscape management. After coming to the Lord and serving in Calvary Chapel, my wife Rita and I stepped out full time in the mission field to Vicente Guerrero B.C.N. Mexico in 1999. By God’s grace and His leading we were able to plant Capilla Calvario (Calvary Chapel) there and in 2016 were blessed to turn the church over to local leadership and Pastor Neri Maya. In 2017 we returned to CC Modesto and continue to serve our Lord here.
Wife: Rita Children: Mike, Jeff and Ali
Ministry Oversight: Missions, Allied Missions Prayer, Faithful Friends
- Hadji HendersonAssisting PastorHadji HendersonAssisting Pastor
I was born and raised in Southern California; my parents did not attend church or claim to be Christians. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in 1994 at the age of 28. After high school, I joined the United States Navy, where I was a cook and later a Recruiter. I started attending Calvary Chapel Modesto in September 2001. The Lord has done an incredible work in my life, as the famous hymn goes, “I once was blind, but now I see.” I started serving in the Parking Lot Ministry, and from there, I have lead Sunday school, Home Fellowship, Team 56, in 2012 I became the Junior High Pastor.
Children: Keira, Erin, Kirsty and Isaac
On Staff Since: 2011
Ministry Oversight: Thrive Junior High, Fusion Marrieds
- Mark CarsonAssisting PastorMark CarsonAssisting Pastor
I was invited to a youth Bible study at Calvary Chapel Modesto when I was 13. I went to a concert hosted by Calvary Chapel a few weeks later and surrendered my heart to Jesus. The Lord provided for all of my family's needs through my mural business for 12 years. I was a second grade teacher before coming on staff at Calvary Chapel. I am blessed to be the Children's Pastor. It is one of the joys of my life to serve the children and families of this fellowship.
Children: Catherine, Molly, and Addison
On Staff Since: 2006
Ministry Oversight: Children's Ministry
- Paul LesterAssisting Pastor
- Tom HindmanAssisting PastorTom HindmanAssisting Pastor
I became a Christian in 1968 after hearing the Gospel presented many times to me as a teenager. I spent twenty-six years as a public librarian. Prior to that I worked in education and mental health. In my spare time, I delight in making music on exotic instruments from around the world.
On Staff Since: 2004
Ministry Oversight: Administrative Support, Church Library, Chapel Bookstore, Home Fellowships, and School of the Bible
- Gordon JohnsonAssisting PastorGordon JohnsonAssisting Pastor
I accepted Christ as my Savior as a child, in the church my parents and grandparents attended. I was exposed to expository Bible teaching and experienced heartfelt worship for the first time when I was away at college. From that time on I sensed a call form the Lord to minister in the local church.
Children: Danae and Jared
On Staff Since: 2011
Ministry Oversight: Finance, Human Resources, New Creation in Christ, Special Events, Local Outreach
- Mike VenemanAssisting PastorMike VenemanAssisting Pastor
I gave my heart to Jesus Christ in 1973 in Modesto, CA where I was born and raised. At 19 years of age, I married my high school sweetheart. From jobs in construction and law enforcement, the Lord called me to serve Him full time in ministry. In 2005 after graduating from the School of Ministry at Calvary Chapel Modesto, I went to serve as pastor of Calvary Chapel Livermore. After serving as senior pastor for the church and senior chaplain for the community, the Lord called us home to Modesto in 2015.
Children: Samuel and Annie Veneman, Reece and Shelby Wallace, Ruth and Reilly Rose Veneman
Ministry Oversight: Pastoral Care Ministries, Counseling, Memorials, Seniors, Marriage Ministry, Security Team
- Bob HortonAssisting PastorBob HortonAssisting Pastor
I became a Christian later in life at the age of 46. My previous careers include professional sports and restaurant ownership. After committing my life to the Lord, I became active serving God in our community.
On Staff Since: 1994
Ministry Oversight: Administrative Pastor, Self-Confrontation Class, Biblical Marriage Class,Men's Bible Fellowship, Seniors, Worship and Counseling
- Damian KyleSenior PastorDamian KyleSenior Pastor
I committed my life to the Lord in 1980 at Calvary Chapel Napa California at the age of 25. I had previously been employed as a cable splicer with the phone company. My family moved from Napa to Modesto in June of 1985 to plant a Calvary Chapel with the blessing of our home church.
Children: Tyler and Morgan
On Staff Since: 1985
Ministry Oversight: Senior Pastor