Who We Are
We are a church that desires to worship simply and wholeheartedly, while growing through the life-changing power of God’s Word, and reaching the world with the love of Christ.
Pastor Dale King
Dale has served as the founding pastor of Calvary Fellowship Gig Harbor since 2003. He and his wife, MaryAnn live on Fox Island with their four children, Austen, Abigail, Antonio, and Aleczander. His education in ministry includes Multnomah University and a B.S. in Religion from Liberty University.
Dale grew up in the Bremerton Washington area and came to Christ through Olympic High School Young Life in 1987. He began serving as youth intern at Peninsula Bible Fellowship in 1991, eventually became the youth pastor serving until 1999, and then was youth pastor at Calvary Chapel Spokane until 2002. The King family responded to God’s call to Gig Harbor with the strong conviction to plant a church by faith with no team and no resources, relying solely on the grace and power of God. Jesus has been faithful to build His church.
Jack and his wife Janis live in Gig Harbor. They have three grown children, Chad, Anne, and Robert, and three grandchildren, Elias, Laird, and Lola. Jack and Janis were both raised in the Gig Harbor area and both graduated from Peninsula High School. Jack served in the US Marine Corps during Vietnam. After Vietnam Jack went into a three year electrical apprenticeship with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and worked for many years in the field. Jack was ordained at Calvary Chapel Klamath Falls. He and Janis traveled between homes in Klamath Falls and Gig Harbor between 2000 and 2010, then in 2011 made the move back to Gig Harbor. They have been blessed to attend and serve at Calvary Fellowship Gig Harbor for about nine years.
Scott and his wife Robin live in Gig Harbor with their seven year old daughter, Bella. He graduated in 2000 from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and then moved to Bremerton, WA upon graduation for an engineering job a the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Scott and his family began attending Calvary Fellowship Gig Harbor in 2008. He has thoroughly enjoyed serving as an elder, church softball coach, usher, and in the men’s ministry!
Jeff O’Leary holds a Master’s Degree in National Security from the Naval War College and Speech from Cal State Univeristy at Los Angeles. He served 22 years in the Unites States Air Force.
Jeff also is the founder and director of Mission of Joy, a non-profit organization dedicated to easing the plight of the homeless in India. Mission of Joy as built orphanges, and given care for hundreds of orphans. It also supports 60 native missionaries, has built many churches, operates a widows home and feeds thousands of hungry children each week.
Jeff and his lovely wife Cindy have been married for 39 years and have raised 6 children together: Stephen, Kjerstin, Jo Beth, Sean, Shannon and Isaac (who awaites them in heaven). They reside in Steilacoom, WA.
Les and his wife Linda were born and raised in eastern Washington. Les graduated from Gonzaga University in 1983 and they moved to Port Orchard, Washington where they currently live. They have two grown children, Brandon and Bethany, and 5 grand children, Tucker, Tyler, Hailey, Brayden, and Jordyn. It has been their privilege to attend and serve at Calvary Fellowship Gig Harbor since 2009.
In January of 2017, Grant and Karista moved from San Diego, CA to join Calvary Fellowship Gig Harbor. Originally from Morgan Hill, CA, Grant has been leading worship and serving in the local church for over 15 years. Apart from his love for music, his passion is to see people connect with their Creator and with each other to build the body of Christ. Grant loves all things sports, and is looking forward to enjoying the great outdoors in the PNW. Grant married his beautiful wife Karista in 2013. They now live in Port Orchard, WA.
Jordan and his lovely and expecting wife, Chelsey, and their daughter Jaelle, currently reside in Gig Harbor, WA where Jordan grew up. He graduated from Tacoma Baptist High School and then went on to Calvary Chapel Bible College. There he met Chelsey and they both graduated with their associates in theology. Following Bible college, Jordan interned for the director of the conference center in Murrieta, CA for a year, and he and Chelsey married shortly thereafter. After the big day the Fakers moved to Hungary for four months to do a missions training program. Jordan is the Youth Director here at Calvary.
Rebekah relocated to Gig Harbor, WA to be closer to the Calvary Fellowship family. She has been an active member of the congregation for the past couple years, and recently stepped in to work more closely with the church as the Administrative Assistant. As a young, single female, she has a heart for service and growth. She loves serving God’s people in any way she can, and in addition to her administrative duties lends a creative hand, and has served in various ministries that have come up through the church.
Women’s Ministry Leader
Erin Peterson and her husband Brian have been married 30 years. They have three children – Erik (24), Luke (22), and Monica (19). Erin grew up in southern California with her mom and dad and nine siblings. Erin majored in Dance at Long Beach State. She is a devoted mother, having home-schooled her kids for ten years. Erin and her family are avid sports enthusiasts – from soccer and baseball, to water and snow sports, but above all, Football. Erin has been involved with Precepts Bible studies for 15 years. She served as Administrative Assistant at Calvary Fellowship since 2008, and is presently serving as leader of Women’s Ministries.
Nikki and her husband Dallas reside in Seabeck, WA. with their two boys, Houston & Phoenix. The family have been honored to call Calvary Fellowship of Gig Harbor their home church since the summer of 2006. They’ve loved being involved in the Childrens ministry for the past 7 years and hosting a SUSA student going on two years. Nikki was a stay at home mom until this last year, and now works along side her husband at the West Hills Auto Plex in Bremerton.
Morgan and his wife Serina live in Gig Harbor. They have been married almost thirty years after first meeting one another in Challis, Idaho. Morgan and Serina moved to the Pacific Northwest soon after they married. He has worked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Department of Energy but is now enjoying retirement. He has attended Calvary Fellowship since 2004. When not in town, there is a strong possibility you will find him out fishing somewhere in Eastern Washington.
Geah Strohbach and her husband Lucas live in Fircrest, WA. They have attended Calvary Fellowship since early 2013 and have been involved in children’s ministry and the softball team. Prior to moving to the area, the couple grew up in Chehalis, WA where they attended Calvary Chapel Centralia. Geah had her first experience with children’s ministry there where she taught for four years. She is currently serving on the children’s ministry team as administrator. Outside of Calvary, Geah is a hairdresser in University Place, WA. She and Lucas have been married four years and two beautiful children: Hudson and Hazel.
Statement of Faith
We believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:8 and 48:16; Matthew 28:19-20; John 10:30; Hebrews 1:3)
We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:3-4 and 1:21)
We believe in the person of God the Father, an infinite, eternal, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 3:16 and 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3)
We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2, 8:58 and 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; 1 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8)
We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ. (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 8:26 and 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14)
We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 6:13, 14:16-17 and 16:8-11; Romans 8:26)
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit according to the instructions given to us in 1 Corinthians 12-14. (1 Corinthians 14)
We believe that all people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation; that God saves and regenerates based upon faith by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 8:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3 and 8-9; Romans 3:23 and 5:8; Titus 3:5)
We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the head and all who are born again are a part of the Body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances for the church: (a) full immersion water baptism of believers, and (b) the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Luke 22:19-20; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26) We also believe that the Lord Jesus Christ validated the ordinance of marriage. (Matthew 19:4-5 and John 2:1-11)
We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, the final judgment and eternal blessing of the righteous and endless separation of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20:11-15)
We believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church where all believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to the Tribulation that will come upon the earth. (Isaiah 26:20; Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:10, 4:13-16 and 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 3:10, 5:7-10 and 7:13-14)
We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:3, 5:22, 18:9 and 25:31-34; Mark 9:42-49; Luke 12:5; John 3:18; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Revelation 14:10-11 and 20:11-15)