My wife Kara and I live in Petaluma, CA, where God has called us to raise our four children (Abby, Timmy, Elly, and Galilee) and to serve His church. We have been here serving together since 2001 which is the same year we were married and have seen God’s faithfulness and mercy through many seasons now. Originally we moved here to do youth ministry until the Pastor who started Calvary Chapel Petaluma, Jay Stapleton, felt called to go out and plant other churches. I was 24 when I became the Senior Pastor at our church. We have learned so much and lived so much here at this church, and we are so grateful for the community of God’s people that we are with and for God’s great grace towards us.
So far the scripture that God has given as an absolute watchword for us continues to be 2 Corinthians 4:1-18. “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart…. .For what we proclaim is not ourselves ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:1,5) If God gives us the desire of our heart, we hope to stay for the next 30 years or more living among and serving the church at Calvary Chapel Petaluma.