I have a quiet story, but my hope is always to represent Jesus. My parents raised me to know Jesus, and I have had a relationship with him since I invited him into my heart during Vacation Bible School when I was six years old. I demonstrated my commitment through baptism during middle school and was very active in my church’s youth group. Being a part of that group helped to stretch me through experiences I would have missed otherwise. I have spent nearly my entire life in Harford County, MD. After graduating from Bel Air High School, I attended Milligan College in TN. I returned home to teach at North Harford High School for a few years before starting a family. My husband, Chris, and I are raising four children in hopes that they, too, shine for Jesus. After helping launch a new church in Baltimore County, we knew we needed a church close to home. We were thrilled to find Calvary Chapel of Delta because they teach directly out of the Bible! We have been attending Calvary Chapel since 2009. We have enjoyed serving in many different ways over the years. This new sewing ministry had its beginnings in the spring of 2018. This is a way for people to use their skills as more than a hobby, but as a way to come together and serve the Lord.
Department: Ministry Leaders
I was blessed to grow up in a solid Christian family, and I was saved at a young age. As with many Christian youth, during my latter years in high school I began to drift away from the Lord, focusing on earthly gain, success, and obtaining the “American dream.” I was still a Christian, going to church every Sunday, but my heart was far from the Lord. Finally, while in my junior year of college, the Lord made it clear to me that having earthly possessions and status is totally unfulfilling. He used a difficult time in my life to open my eyes and show me that real abundant life is found only in a close relationship with Jesus. Since that time, the Lord has blessed me with a wonderful family: my wife, Sarah; daughters, Abigail and Ruth; and sons, James and Seth. The Lord has blessed our family in so many ways and we want to serve God with everything. We’re blessed to be able to serve in the Media Ministry, as well as with the Worship, Evangelism, and Children’s Ministries.
The goals of the Media Ministry are to create an atmosphere that is conducive to worship and to ensure the gospel is clearly proclaimed to as many people as possible through the use of media. We are responsible for many of the technical aspects of the worship services including:
- Live Sound – Ensuring the word of God is clearly heard and that the congregation is able to praise and worship with the Worship team.
- Projection – Providing various forms of projected media, such as worship lyrics, church announcements, and special videos.
- Audio/Video Recording – Recording the audio and video and providing the master DVD, CD and digital formats for duplication. We also provide the recorded messages online via the website (https://calvarydelta.com/messages) and podcast (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/calvary-chapel-delta-podcast/id535848286).
- Lighting – Operating the lighting system to create the ideal atmosphere without distracting from worship and the Word.
- Live Streaming – For those who can’t attend services in person, we also stream each service live on the internet (https://calvarydelta.com/video/). Archived services can be viewed there as well.
There are many opportunities to serve in the Media Ministry. Please contact me if you are interested.
I grew up in a loving Jewish home. I had a knowledge of religion, but never understood that I could know God personally. I did not believe that God loved me, nor did I believe that He was working in my life to draw me to Himself. I always had a great fear of death, especially as a young child.
“…that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14b-15
As a teen, I became very rebellious, pursuing a lifestyle that involved one selfish and destructive endeavor after another. I later adopted a “hippie-like” lifestyle and a new age perspective concerning spiritual things. As a young adult, I went on to study yoga and became a yoga instructor, running a small yoga center. I convinced myself that I could control my life and determine my happiness through made-up religion and self-indulgent, destructive activities and relationships. I attempted to overcome every fear of life and death with that which was powerless to do so, yet quite powerful to destroy lives and relationships. I was in trouble. God, however, does something quite miraculous with sinners. He loves us. I would not know this if not for Jesus Christ, and the gift of becoming a new creation, in Him.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
In 1998, at the age of 23, I called out to the Lord, in the midst of great darkness, and He faithfully revealed Himself and His light to me.
“For it is the God Who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
“My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
I have the privilege of serving as Team Leader for the 4-7 year old children’s Sunday school Bible studies, as part of the Children’s Ministry at CC Delta. This gives me the opportunity to be of assistance and encouragement to the teachers and helpers in these age groups, as well as the attending children and their families. I am additionally blessed to be a teacher of the 6-7 year-old children on Sunday mornings.
I was born in 1982….born again that is….and this is how I remember it.
I was married to the love of my life and had 3 wonderful children. My job wasn’t going particularly well and coping with the stress was challenging. But then something happened that I didn’t understand; something that made my job situation of less importance. My wife, Judy, told me that she had received Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord. She was born again. She still loved me and cared for me more than ever, but now she loved Jesus and He was utmost in her life. I just didn’t understand what had happened. How could someone come between us (or so I thought) so suddenly? I saw a difference in her right from the start; the peace and the joy was unmistakable yet I was perplexed and confused over the difference in our lives. I tried reading the Bible and even went to church with her, but didn’t get much out of either one. Yet I was drawn to this new person I had married and wanted what she had and to be one with her again. She never criticized me or made me feel ignorant about spiritual matters, but lived out her faith. (I later came to understand that she was living according to 1 Peter 3:1-2.)
After trying to come to grips with this unsettling and seemingly hopeless situation, I realized I had only one option left… I had to give up! I needed to surrender to this Jesus whom I didn’t know or even understand. I did what I had to do… I did what I felt compelled to do. I know now it was the Holy Spirit drawing me. I got on my knees and told Jesus I couldn’t live like this anymore… I was done fighting. “Please help me… please come into my life.” I told Him I was sorry for being angry and doubting and not living as I should. I asked Jesus to forgive me. I asked Jesus to hold on to me and not let me go.
When I got up from my knees, I knew the battle was over, I was free, the weight had been lifted. I knew Jesus loved me and cared for me. My eyes had been opened, Jesus came into my life and I have never been the same.
2 Cor. 5:17 – “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
There were people in my life who prayed for me, I’m sure, but no one ever witnessed to me or told me that I needed to accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord. Going to church as a child, I wasn’t taught the Bible. It was salvation by works; no one could ever really be sure of their salvation. I stopped going to church in my early teens.
In 1972, God gave me a wonderful husband who was as unsaved as I was – but God had a plan! We were happily married and busily raising our three young children, but when adversity came, it became apparent that there was a void in our lives. At age 27 I “happened” to read “The Late Great Planet Earth” – reading about Bible prophecy opened my eyes to the truth of God’s Word. When I read the chapter about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and being saved, I responded to the invitation and immediately had a joy and peace I had never known before! I wanted to tell everyone what happened to me, and that they could be saved too! My husband didn’t understand at first, but God was working in his heart, and he came to believe as well.
After many years of being involved in different churches and denominations, we started attending a Calvary Chapel in 1995. It is a privilege and joy to serve the Lord, and it is most rewarding serving Him together as husband and wife.
The Lord has blessed me beyond measure. Raised in a loving Christian family, I accepted Christ at a young age at River Valley Ranch. The Lord protected me during a very rebellious phase of my life, from my early teens through my mid-twenties.
Growing up in the 1960s, I truly embraced the attitude of rebellion—the mindset to challenge all authority that decade is known for. Full of arrogance and pride, I had no cognitive understanding of the word “submission” and although I claimed Christ as my Savior, I lived to the gratification of my flesh.
Through a series of events, the Lord humbled me and I turned my eyes off myself and onto Him. He reminded me of the love that He had for me even in my sinful, rebellious state. In my state of brokenness, I was finally willing to hear from my Creator. He showed me from His Word that the restraints placed on mankind were for our protection. The things of the world that looked so enticing can be enjoyable for a season, but after a time leave you empty or worse yet, addicted.
They provide neither inner peace nor real lasting satisfaction. Although I was successful in many ways as viewed through the world’s eyes, I was miserable and well down the path of self-destruction.
In humility and brokenness, I repented of my sins and accepted His amazing grace. He restored me and placed me in scripture memory based Bible study for two years. Shortly after that, He blessed me with Ellie, a wonderful woman who loved Him.
His bountiful blessings continued with Joshua, Matthew and Michelle who are now grown. Yes, my family and I have been truly blessed, yet in this life there are always emotional highs and lows. Regardless of the trial, He is always there to carry us through to the end.
2 Timothy 2:11-13 expresses this clearly:
“This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself.”
Men Encouraging Men:
Men Encouraging Men is a fitting title as it’s our intent to do just that. We are blessed within this body with men who love The Lord and take their role as the spiritual leader of their family seriously. It is the Lord’s desire to see that scriptural knowledge and experience is passed to other men as we strengthen existing relationships and forge new ones. Proverbs 27:17 sums this up nicely: “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”