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Domingos - 11 AM
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Who could have imagined that when a handful of people decided to step out in faith and start Calvary Church back in 1945, that it would become what it is today? Now located in a renovated shopping center, Calvary Church continues to minister to over 1,000 people each week. 

If you drive by Calvary Church you may think it looks like every other church in town but we encourage you to join us and see what makes Calvary unique. Hint: It’s the people. 

In addition, to our English speaking services, we have a fully Spanish speaking service (Iglesia Calvario) as well as an African Service. 

Click below to learn more about these two ministries. 

Even after all these years, Calvary Church has remained committed to preaching God’s Truth as found in His Bible and helping people experience intimacy with Jesus by:

“connecting people with God to be fully committed to the cause of Christ."

What to expect
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Each service is typically 60 minutes with a brief time for announcements, engaging contemporary worship, and a thought-provoking Bible-based message.

Our aim is to worship God through not only teaching and music; but through the visual and theatrical arts as well! Any given Sunday you may experience a video testimonial, a drama, spoken-word, or even a science lesson from our very own Dr. Popovich; all with the goal to lead our faith family into a closer, more intimate relationship with Jesus.

ENGLISH SERVICES:   9 am and 11 am 
SPANISH SERVICE:     11 am 
AFRICAN SERVICE:     11 am
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We encourage parents/families to worship together but we also offer childcare for birth to 5 years old during both services. For grade-school age kids, there are activity bundles available at the back of the auditorium as well as books for them to enjoy during the services.

For more information about our Children's Ministry click here!
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Don't worried about wearing the right thing when you come to church; we just want you to come as you are. Whether you are comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts, business casual or boots, and a cowboy hat, you are welcome here at Calvary Church!
   
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We know that coming to a new church for the first time can be a little overwhelming. No need to worry. We have an incredible team of volunteers excited to greet as you walk in.

Make your way to the “New Here” kiosk and the team will get you where you need to be. Our hand-selected team of friendly volunteers will do everything they can to provide you with the best possible Sunday experience. We would love to connect with you so let us help you plan a visit.
Beliefs


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There is one infinite, eternal, true God who created all things and exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Mark 12:29; John 1:1-4; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)
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Jesus Christ is both God and man, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He died on the cross as a perfect blood sacrifice for our sins. He arose bodily from the grave, ascended into heaven, and is now our high priest and advocate. (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 1:1-14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1)

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The Holy Spirit is a divine Person who points people to Jesus Christ. He convicts of sin and changes the life of the believing sinner. He comforts, guides, instructs, and takes up residence within the believer, empowering them to live godly lives through worship and service (John 14:16, 17; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; Romans 8:9).
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The Bible is God’s complete and accurate Word to us and has the right to command our lives. ( 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21; Matthew 5:18

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Man was originally created in the image of God, but fell into sin and lost all spiritual life. This spiritual death is passed on to all mankind, except to the man Jesus Christ. Only by a new birth through the Holy Spirit can salvation and life be gained. Subsequently, every believer can approach God personally with no mediator other than Jesus Christ Himself (Genesis 1:26; 2:17; Romans 3:23, 5:12-19; 8:6,7; Ephesians 2:1-3).
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We believe no one can be at peace with God except through the blood of Jesus Christ who died as our substitute. That salvation is received as a gift through faith alone. The moment we put our confidence in Jesus Christ as Forgiver and Leader, we pass from death into everlasting life and become children of God forever (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18,19; Romans 5:6-9).

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We believe that the child of God is not to have attitudes and behaviors that characterize this world. As disciples, we are to grow in our obedience to Jesus Christ. We are to show compassion to those in need and recognize that what we own belongs to God (1 Peter 1:16; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 John 5:15-17; James 2:14-17; Psalm 82:3-4; 1 Timothy 6:17-19).
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We believe our purpose is to preach the gospel of salvation by faith and, thereby, reach the vast number of people who are lost. No degree of human reformation or morality will bring salvation (Matthew 28:19-20; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8).

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We believe there is a real heaven and a real hell. The souls of believers at death go immediately to be with Jesus Christ, their bodies waiting for the resurrection at His coming, commonly known as the rapture of the Church. The souls of unbelievers at death are separated from God, waiting for their bodies to raise for the final judgment when they will be sent into everlasting punishment. Jesus Christ will come in person to introduce His kingdom on earth for the millennium. Then, the new heaven will come with the new earth forever (Luke 16:19-26; 2 Corinthians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Revelation 20:1-15).
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We believe the universal Church is composed of all who are united by the Holy Spirit to Jesus Christ. The local church is a group of believers who regularly meet for worship and ministry. The Ruler over the local church is Jesus Christ Himself. The local church is commanded to practice two special symbols: believer’s baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Neither brings salvation, but both are evidences of obedience and community with the Lord. The Church and the secular government should be separate (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:23-47; Ephesians 1:22; Matthew 28:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30; Matthew 22:21; Romans 13:1-7; Acts 5:29).



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JOHNNY ARMIJO

COLLEGE & CAREER PASTOR


Has served at Calvary since 2020. Johnny loves tacos and banana ice cream. 

"You can do it"

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JAMIE BROOKHART

DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS OPERATIONS


Has served at Calvary since 1999. Jamie feels blessed to be married to a very smart and beautiful woman named Karen, who was tough enough to give birth to five children which three of them are triplet boys. When the boys were born they corralled five kids under the age of 4. 

Jamie lives to follow Christ’s path and help others find the path Christ has offered to them, by showing kindness and care to them. 

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JON ERICKSON

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION


Has served at Calvary since 2002. Jon lives on a farm outside of Grandview, IA with his wife Bethany, and son Kendrick.  Jon enjoys farming and learning new things.  

“Sometimes when you make an omelet you've gotta break a few eggs. What's the alternative? No omelets at all? Who wants to live in that kind of world?”

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MICHELLE GALLOWAY

CHILDREN COORDINATOR

Has served at Calvary since 2015. Michelle and her husband, Mark, been married since 2000, they have 4 beautiful and sassy teenagers and a very unique dog. She climbed her first 14er at age 45, Mt. Democrat in Colorado. 

Michelle loves working with kids and teenagers and helping to prepare and raise up the next generation that will be leading our churches.

"Control is an illusion. We never really have it so stop trying to obtain it."

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CHINO JIMÉNEZ

SPANISH WORSHIP PASTOR


Has served at Calvary since 2016. Chino came from Costa Rica in 2018 and Calvary became his family. He is married to Nicole and they have 2 kids: Emmanuel and Raquel.

He loves God and working for Him is a huge privilege for him. Music is a big part of his life and he'll be always thankful for the opportunity to encourage others to connect with God through music. 

"The worst thing about prison was the dementors"

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ALISSA JIRAK

OFFICE AND FACILITIES DIRECTOR


Has served at Calvary since 2009. Alissa is thrilled to be married for 17 years and counting (since 2003). She is a co-leader and protector of 3 amazing kids, an adventure seeker through camping, getting lost on hikes, and discovering the newest remedies for rashes acquired while hiking and camping.

“Be a good friend today.”

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HEIDI KEISEL

COMMUNICATIONS AND ARTS ASSISTANT

Heidi has served at Calvary since 2015. I am a married mother of 3, attempting to raise her kids on a small rural homestead made up of flowers, fruit, and farm animals. I love the outdoors and am happiest surrounded by the chaos our farm life brings!

"Life is 10 percent what happened to you and 90 percent how you respond to it"
-Lou Holtz

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CALEB MANN

STUDENT MINISTRY PASTOR


Has served at Calvary since 2015. Caleb has been married to his lovely wife Allison for 6 years, and they have a 1-year-old golden retriever named Ozzie, who has more energy than the two of them combined. When not at the church you will likely find  Caleb working in his yard, or at an auction finding stuff to buy to resell on eBay!

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."
-Ferris, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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BRUCE MARTIN

COMMUNITY LIFE PASTOR


Has served at Calvary since 1995. Bruce was born in Chicago, raised in Italy (where he lived for 27 years), he walked across Spain, and for now has settled down in Muscatine, but life is always on the move for a missionary. 

Bruce is married to Debbie, together they 2 daughters and 4 grandsons, What Bruce enjoys more than his 8 favorite Italian pasta dishes is telling people about Jesus.

"To Know Him and To Make Him Known".

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SUSAN ORVIS

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Has served at Calvary since 2011. Sue is originally from the area, (Stanwood), and moved to Muscatine in 2008 when she met and married her husband, Nate. They are involved in the Muscatine community as they work with the girls basketball program and FCA, (Fellowship of Christian Athletes), at Muscatine High School.

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven, and earth."
(Psalm 121:1-2)

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MELISSA RANDLEMAN

STUDENTS MINISTRY ASSISTANT

Has served at Calvary since 2016. Daughter of Christ, wife to Matt, mother to Hunter, and Addyson; who has a heart for encouraging youth and a sweet tooth for donuts. Whether it's in the garden, in the community, or at church, I'm always willing to lend a hand and offer a smile.

"Start each day with a positive thought and a grateful heart."
-Roy Bennett

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JULIE RYNER

COMMUNITY LIFE ASSISTANT


Has served at Calvary since 2017. Julie loves being in God's word and reading other books that help her understand between the lines.

"Live and Learn"

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AMANDA SANCHEZ

NURSERY COORDINATOR


Has served at Calvary since 2014. Amanda is married with 5 kids, 2 dogs, a turtle, and a guinea pig.  She loves photography, hunting, scrapbooking, and watching my kids do the sports they love.

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.”
-Vivian Greene

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DAN SCHOEPF

TEACHING PASTOR


Has served at Calvary since 1977. Dan loves all things "up in the air." Because of this passion, Dan's college degree is aerospace engineering, and his life's work is to help people know and love the God of the heavens and the earth.

"Remember Whose you are!"

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TY THOMAS

LEAD PASTOR
Has served at Calvary since 2011. Ty is originally from Nebraska but married an Iowa girl and has lived in Iowa most of his adult life. Allison and Ty have served in youth ministry for years, including four years as missionaries in Costa Rica and Ecuador. They have three teenage kids and their house is full of their friends multiple days each week. 

Ty loves the church and believes we as Christians are at our best when we depend daily on the grace and love of Jesus. He wants to live his life in such a way that people know God loves them and that they can look for God at Calvary. 

“Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries.”-Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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JOHAN UMAÑA

VISUAL ARTS PASTOR


Has served at Calvary since 2014. Johan describes himself as a “Tico kid" passionate about his family, the arts, and God. He hopes that he can inspire God's love through what he creates with his hands.

"Your Talent Matters"

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JOSUÉ VILLATORO

EXECUTIVE PASTOR


Has served at Calvary since 2013. Josue was born in Spain but he moved to Costa Rica when he was 18 and lived there for eighteen years before moving to Iowa. 

Josue loves sports, good food, and travel. He is married to Mónica, who is from Costa Rica, and they have 3 children: María, Abigail, and Daniel.

"Be strong and courageous"
Joshua 1:9.

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YENNER WUANTI

AFRICAN COMMUNITY PASTOR

Has served at Calvary since 2017. Yenner Wuanti is the pastor of the African Congregation of Calvary Church and feels blessed to be able to serve here at Calvary. 

Yenner also feels blessed to be married to Alice, a true woman of God. They have 5 children, three of whom are married. They also have and enjoy two beautiful grandchildren, Nora and Josiah.

"Life is a one-way ticket, spend its value well--use it for eternal life."

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JT ZAHRADNIK

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS


Has served at Calvary since 2013. JT has a passion for learning and developing leaders. His heart is to help others know that they are deeply loved by the Father and for him, this starts at home by loving his kiddos: Genevieve, Isaiah, and Juliet. 

“You can make an excuse or make a difference but you cannot make both.” -Craig Groeschel


The purpose of the Leadership Board at Calvary is to fulfill the role of biblical elders in guiding the church to accomplish its purposes and priorities. Current Board members are:
Tom Norton
Daniel Novak
Matt Rivera
Dale Sweere
Ty Thomas

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     Nick Martin
     Steve Thiering
     Josh Helscher
     Brad Roeth
     Josué Villatoro