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 24 years, live in St. Cloud with their four children.
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I came to Calvary with a strong desire to be a part of a leadership team and church that saw the value of servantleadership in the context of a church that is growing by adding “more and maturing disciples.” It is a privilege and a tremendous responsibility to be called as a pastor to a church and one that my wife, Lori, and I do not take lightly. We are blessed to be a part of a church that invites God’s Spirit to transform and purge the way we live, the way we talk, and how we greet those that God brings into our sphere of influence.
My burden for Calvary is two-fold. First, the church needs to be a place where the gospel is heard without hesitation and the proclamation of God’s Word is paramount for all who have “ears to hear”. Secondly, discipleship starts at whatever place a person is on their faith journey. Every opportunity needs to be used to disciple a person towards greater maturity and to encourage a model of reproducing new disciples. The church should grow numerically as the Holy Spirit works in the hearts of people; the church also needs to grow deeper in love for God and others as we make more disciples through effective discipleship ministries.
Having grown up in pastor’s homes, my wife, Lori, and I can say we have been in church all of our lives! Ministry has always been our life. We both began a personal relationship with Christ as young children and were baptized while in elementary school. We gained a deep understanding of the people, stories, and promises in the Bible, while sitting under dedicated Sunday School and Wednesday night teachers & leaders. We were influenced by the missionaries and friends in the ministry life of our parents and this would also later become our life.
I attended Bethel University in St. Paul and from there began work in the Roseville Area School System as a paraprofessional in Special Education for high school students. In 1989 I sensed God was calling me to pursue ministry and seminary. God sent us to North St. Paul Baptist Church (North Haven) and I filled the position of Associate Pastor. I completed my Master of Arts in Christian Education from Bethel Seminary in 1998. God blessed us with an abundance of experience and opportunities to work alongside people that did life together.
We have three grown children (Allison 1989, Marcus 1991, Logan 1994). I am fortunate to have a loving and neat family.
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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 pond hockey 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.
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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 Ministry at Calvary. Lacey and I have 2 beautiful children (Ahna May 2008, Josiah March 2011).
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 Ministry at Calvary will be God-Centered and every event will reflect His love for children.
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Cindy Cady, Assistant to the Senior Pastor/Office Support
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Laurie Dalton, Assistant to the Executive Pastor/Office Support
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Nick Frost, Student Ministries Coordinator
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Laurie Bovitz, Facilities Coordinator
Christy Freeman, Worship Leader