Matthew Molesky, Senior Pastor
Matthew Molesky serves as Senior Pastor for Calvary. Prior to becoming a pastor, he worked in the corporate world for twelve years, mainly in Minneapolis, MN. In 1998, he began to discern a call from God into full-time ministry. He spent almost seven years at Bethlehem Baptist Church, three of those as an apprentice of Pastor Tom Steller and Pastor John Piper. He then spent over two years in Orlando, as a pastor with Gregg Heinsch, helping launch a new church and a training institute for church planters, which was part of a Converge Worldwide church-planting initiative.
Matthew has a masters degree in Biblical and Pastoral studies from Bethlehem College and Seminary. He exists to make more and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. He absolutely loves the Bible, preaching Jesus from all the Scriptures, and serving the people of Calvary and the St. Cloud metropolitan area. He also enjoys reading, running, biking, hanging out with friends, and disc golf. Matthew and Susan, his wife of 22 years, live in St. Cloud with their four children.
Steve Eckert, Executive Pastor
Chris Stone, Director of Worship Arts
A native northern Minnesotan, Chris’s hobbies include music, music, and well, um . . . music. Starting with the piano in 1975, Chris’ musical interests over the years have spread from the piano to saxophone, guitars, and other instruments, as well as sound reinforcement, recording, audio engineering, scoring, songwriting, arranging, and anything and everything music related. But it was ten years of formal training, a brief stay at the University of Minnesota School of Music, and a constant love for playing the piano that brought steady employment as a musician. After working for years in the limelight of local and regional acts, friends finally urged him to step out from the sidelines and commit to a first full-length solo piano concert in September 2007, in conjunction with the release of a solo CD.
Being involved in music ministry has also been a large part of Chris’ life. After years of being involved in worship activities behind the scenes at Calvary, Chris turned greater attention to the calling of the ministry he has always had a passion for - by stepping into the Worship and Music Director position at Calvary in 2009. This passion for ministry began when he was a teenager, accompanying several churches in his hometown of Hibbing and extended to Calvary shortly after moving to the St. Cloud area in 1990 with his wife Paula. Chris, Paula, and their four children currently reside in Sauk Rapids.
Josh Johnson, Director of Student Ministries
Josh grew up attending Calvary. When he was five years old his parents explained the Gospel and his need for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. At that time he accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. Josh feels God has been opening up doors and leading him into ministry for the last three years. When he began volunteering with the youth he never thought that God would call him into full-time ministry. As he volunteered more and more he was able to witness God working not only in the lives of the students but also in his own life.
Josh earned a major in Political Science and Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources and a minor in Economics at St. Cloud State.
Josh considers it an incredible privilege to watch God work in the lives of the students at Calvary. After going through rough years in high school, he wants to make sure that students feel that they can put their trust in the promises of Jesus Christ, and that they can be part of a community that loves, encourages, and challenges them to go deeper in their relationship with the Lord. Josh's hobbies include golfing and camping in the summer and skiing (painfully learning to snowboard) in the winter; he enjoys spending time with friends and watching a good movie. When he gets the chance he likes to play piano and guitar.
Jon Oettel, Director of Family Ministries
I heard about who Jesus Christ was, His sacrifice for me, and accepted God’s sweet and gracious gift as a young boy. It was at Calvary that I received discipleship from Twila Pulford and my parents while attending Sunday school, church services, Awana, and Children’s Choir. During my high school years I enjoyed spending most of my time at youth group or with friends from church. I learned about the joy of obeying my savior by serving others through mission trips and weekly events with help from Mark Friday and Bill Arvan.
It is at Calvary and with help from its ministry staff that I grew to love God and gained a passion for working with children.
I attended St. Cloud State University and received an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. I continued my education at St. Mary’s University where I received a Master’s degree in education. My love for working with children increased during my college years while I helped with youth group, taught Sunday School, directed Awana, and joined almost all children’s education ministry opportunities. It was during college where I met and married my wife, Lacey. We both had the pleasure of teaching at the elementary level for 7 years and then we were graciously guided into family and children’s ministry at Calvary.
My passion is to come alongside families and work with children as we make more and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. I pray that the Family & Children’s Ministry at Calvary will be God-Centered and every event will reflect His love for children.
Cindy Cady, Assistant to the Senior Pastor
Laurie Dalton, Office Support
Pam Moench, Events Coordinator