Department: Pastoral Care Team

Noah Weston

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.

Abbie Weiskopf

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.

Alan & Judy Syvertsen

Alan:

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.”

Judy:

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.

Dan Meeder

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.”

Ministry Info.

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.”

Steve & Christine Lawhorne

Christine:

I was blessed to be born and raised in a Christian home. I believed in God and Jesus but never had a personal relationship with Jesus. The only Bible verse I knew was John 3:16 and believed it wholeheartedly. I went out in the world for many years always believing God was there and that He loved, cared for and protected me. People would say they are praying for this and that and I never really got it…I never prayed and didn’t know how to. My worldly life grew old with lots of turmoil. I started attending church again, but still no real relationship with Jesus. One Saturday at a ladies event during worship, I was singing a song and for the first time I really spoke to God—I prayed—and asked Him to help me and guide me and come into my life. Now I knew what it meant to pray! I attended many churches, but never felt I had a real church home until I attended CC Delta in January of 2009. I knew the first time visiting it was my home and immediately began serving. I thank the Lord often for my church family and the various ways He has me serving.

Dave Di Bella

I was born and raised in Southern California, and have lived in Maryland since 2000. I have lived in Alaska, Maine, Northern & Southern California, and Florida due to my military service. My wife, Holly, and I have been married since 1981 and we have three adult children. I have always believed in God due to my religious, Catholic upbringing. It was during my high school years that I first began to understand God’s love for me, but it would not be until my early twenties that I would realize my need for a personal savior, which led me to trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior. I am convinced that faith in the finished work of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the only means by which man may be saved from his sins, and I find this fact often reinforced throughout God’s word, the Bible.

I have been attending Calvary Chapel of Delta since 2003, and serve in the Recorded Word Ministry (making CDs). I also lead the Foundations of the Faith class, which is an ‘entry-level’ study course for new believers and for those who want to reinforce their knowledge of God through the Bible. I enjoy being with this study, as it is encouraging to me to share with others how God’s Word is as relevant today as it was when He first revealed it.

Jared & Steph Clements

Jared:

Although I grew up in the church, I certainly didn’t understand the life of a believer in Christ.  My childhood included a lot of rejection from my classmates and a lot of bullying.  I never really felt like I fit in; I was always trying to be someone that I wasn’t.

By the time I was in high school, my life had become a mess.  I became an addict; I had numerous run-ins with the law.  I hated God.  I wanted nothing to do with Jesus, and I can remember my pastor coming to me on numerous occasions and how each time I thoroughly rejected the Lord.

Eventually my legal problems required me to go to a drug and alcohol rehab and I ended up at Teen Challenge which is a Christian drug and alcohol long-term program shortly after I graduated high school in the year 2000.  I rededicated my life to Christ and quickly found that all the things I was looking for in life were found in Jesus.  My heart developed the desire to minister to others and it just made sense to me that I should pursue a life that was dedicated to helping others to know Jesus.

After completing Teen Challenge, I spent some time in a halfway house surrounding myself with godly men and accountability before attending Calvary Chapel Bible College and completing an associate’s degree in theology in December of 2003.  I also met my wife while attending Bible College and we were married in June 2005.

We have been involved in many different ministries over the years as Sunday school teachers, helping with multimedia reproduction, as youth group assistants, we began a college age Bible study, we became middle school youth leaders and eventually went to the mission field in September of 2012 in the Dominican Republic where we were blessed to serve for 5 years.

Each day we look for opportunities to serve the Lord and the church He has blessed us to be a part of.  In January of 2019 the Lord led us to begin a prayer ministry during each service at the church, praying over the services and needs of the congregation.  My wife and I also enjoy missions and had the privilege recently of a family mission trip to Guatemala.

Steph:

I grew up in a Christian home. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of 7. I have had some periods of rebellion at different times in my life, but the Lord’s loving kindness has always brought me to repentance. The Lord’s grace and mercy have been strong in my life. I was born in California; when I was 14 we moved to Ohio for a few years and then to Maryland. A few months after my family moved to Maryland, I left to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College in Indianapolis. There I met my husband, Jared. After we graduated, we both moved to Maryland and got married in June of 2005. We began to attend Calvary Chapel of Delta in 2008. We served as Junior High leaders until we were sent out in 2012 by our church as missionaries to Barahona, Dominican Republic. Our sweet daughter, Eliana, was born there in 2016. We returned in 2017 and have been serving in different ways. Most recently, the Lord put on our hearts to intercede for the church during each service on Sunday and Wednesday. We have been leading that ministry since January 2019. The Lord has really put a desire for prayer on our hearts and has shown us the great need we have to pray.

David Arenz

I was raised in a family that was part of a very liturgical church and I attended the church’s elementary school. Although I cannot remember much of what was taught about God, I did know that He loved me and that Jesus was His Son. One day, God convicted me of my sin and that I was headed for hell. I did what my church taught to be forgiven, but afterwards, I still knew I was guilty. At that point, I asked God to forgive me. I didn’t know if He would or why He would, but I confessed my sin and asked for forgiveness. I remember walking out of that church building with all the guilt gone. Although I didn’t understand what God had done, I could see changes in me. Church took on new meaning. I wanted to serve God rather than it being a chore, and I wanted to be involved in the things of God.

Over the following years, God brought people into my life to share His word, challenge my false beliefs and encourage me to read the Bible. As I did, God showed me how He had forgiven and saved me so many years before and that I didn’t have to work for His approval, but that my relationship with Him was based on His grace through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

As I have followed the Lord for over three decades, I have seen how God’s word is absolutely true and that He is always faithful to keep His promises. The better I understand His word, the more I trust Him, the more I can cooperate with Him and the more He transforms me to make me more like Him.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2

That’s why my wife, Brenda, and I have always sought to be part of a church that puts a high priority on God’s word and teaches through the Bible. That’s one of the reasons we call Calvary Chapel of Delta our church home.

Tip & Jamie Macdonald

Tip:
1 Peter 3:1 “Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;”

Raised a Roman Catholic, I walked away from religion in my early twenties. Satan had a strong grip on me through college and young adulthood. After marrying and having children, I returned to church but still had no real relationship with Our Savior. Unbeknownst to me, my wife became a Christian and had been praying for me for seven years. This “quiet conversation” brought me to the point of visiting a Bible believing/teaching church at the ripe old age of 53! The church was Calvary Chapel of Delta.

I haven’t looked back! I was immediately smitten by the Holy Spirit and could think of nothing else but returning to each subsequent Bible study to hear more of His Word.

Jamie:
En route to the aquarium with a bus load of second graders, I turned to the teacher, Kim, and asked her if she knew of any Bible studies. As I spoke the words, I turned around looking to see who had delivered the sentence….it was me! Within several weeks, another teacher asked Kim the same question…shortly thereafter we were meeting and being led to the Lord. Nearly 15 years later, the group has seen some changed faces and locations, but we are still meeting and growing in His name. Circumstances drove me into His arms, and most of those circumstances have changed since I gave my life to Jesus!