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Steve Whinery - SENIOR PASTOR
Mitch Dunfee, Matt Kessie, Zach Lamberson, Matt Brooks - ASSOCIATE PASTORS
“I was born in 1959 in Central California. When I was a baby, my parents moved to Riverside, in Southern California, and spent much of the rest of my childhood in the Riverside area. Coming from a broken home, I had much of the baggage that can come along with a “dysfunctional family” and by the time I was in high school had become pretty cynical about life in general and people in particular. It was at this point I was invited by a friend to attend Calvary Chapel in Riverside. After some convincing I decided to show up and it was that night in the summer of 1975 that I first surrendered my life to Jesus. I had no idea what I was getting in to. After a few years of struggling in my walk with Christ, culminating in a 9 month backslide, I gave my heart back to the Lord at the age of 19 and have been serving Him ever since.
Although I was involved in athletics and did well scholastically, I had been known for partying and a violent streak. When I rededicated my life to the Lord, all of that was left behind and I began looking for ways I could please and serve the Lord who saved me. I sat under the teaching of Greg Laurie, pastor of Calvary Riverside. I also began getting involved in ministry at Calvary Chapel, first as an usher, then, as the Lord opened up opportunities, as a new convert counselor. During this time I was working construction, which provided ample opportunity for telling coworkers about Jesus. I also began teaching a Bible study at the home of my future brother and sister in law. That is where I met my wife, Bobi.
"Hi. I am Mitch Dunfee and I became a Christian at 28 years old, proof that Jesus will take anyone.
I grew up with an alcoholic dad that, when sober, was a great dad. Unfortunately the sober times were overwhelmed by the periods of drinking. It is amazing how God used this in my life.
You see, as I became an adult I began to try and make sure I was doing better than my dad. I had a steady respectable job, I only got drunk once or twice a month (after i turned 23), I did not beat my kids because I was drunk and out of control.
You see, I had a mark to measure how good of a guy I was. I was better than a drunk.
When I was 23 I met and ultimately married Marci and after two years of marriage she somehow was not as impressed with my incredibly high standard of being better than a drunk and left me for about a month. We reconciled for our kids sake but things were building up again between us because I could not be a man that put others needs truly before himself.
“Greetings! I was born in Kadlec Medical in Richland in the year of our Lord 1977. Debbie Boone’s “you light up my life” was the number one hit song 10 weeks in a row. Fitting, since that’s when this little light entered the world. Ah yes, the sweet sounds of star wars laser gun and a crying sister filled our house with warmth & affection. I grew up in a loving Christian home (I got in trouble usually when my sister cried, which was often) with a younger sister, a brother and both parents. We had a rat dog named Jamie. I loved her. I am ashamed.
Growing up in our school district during the 80’s was a real pleasant time. I can’t think of a single acquaintance in school that came from a divorced home. It was reared in us to wait for marriage and to keep ourselves pure. Teenage pregnancy was scarce. I went to a baptist church that was full of people who loved Christ with me being one of them. I gave my life to the Lord when i was 8 (my dad introduced me to Him) and it was real.
Yet the world was changing and I didn’t know how to be a Christian and be popular at the same time (actually I didn’t even really know how to be popular). I didn’t know how to live righteously and fit in with my friends, but praise God for conviction! Something in me kept me from going overboard. With all of my failures and weaknesses, how great the grace of God protected me and transformed me! When one gives his life to Christ at a young age it’s a wonderful thing because of the sure foundation he starts off on.
“In pasco is where I was born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days...wow, where do I begin? umm. Let's change this to the 3rd person and start over. Zach was born in ‘83 and basically just sat around until his beautiful wife graced his presence in 2004. Shortly after they married...the end. Kidding. (not about the wife). I can't think of a more fitting verse to describe my life than psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." Not that everything in my life has been roses, but everyday I wake up to the feel of the grace of God raining in my life. It's a beautiful thing to be loved by the Creator.
I was blessed to be raised by two godly people (my parents Garry and Tracie), have two wonderful siblings (my brothers Jamey and Nash), and came to know my Savior at a very young age (I think I was baptized when I was like 7). My family life was typical. Naps and cartoons after school. Lots of punching and forts, and of course our weekly after church lunch at Casa Chapala! When I was in 7th grade my family started attending Calvary Chapel and I have been hooked ever since.
In high school (Kamiakin that is) I began to have my faith challenged by some atheist friends of mine. What Satan intended for evil, God used for great good in my life, strengthening my convictions and further cementing my deep affectionate love for Christ. After high school I went to CBC (Community College) for 2 years and graduated with an AA degree that sits nicely inside of my closet under a pile of books.
Hi, I am Mathew Brooks. I was born in 1996 in Kennewick and have lived in the Tri-Cities for pretty much my whole life. I began attending Calvary Chapel Tri-Cities when I was in 3rd grade and have come ever since.
My faith really began to become my own in middle school and it led to a lot of struggles for me. I understood God was real and wanted a relationship with me but I couldn’t distinguish from being saved by faith and saved by works. This struggle of faith, grace, and works continued until I graduated from high school in 2015. At that point I was fed up and couldn’t do it anymore, I was failing as a Christian so I walked away from the Lord. During that time the Lord continued reaching out to me through my now current wife and family around me. I thought music, friends, drinking, and fun would give me the happiness and purpose I needed. After 4 months of complete darkness, I sat down at Taco Bell, ate a burrito, and gave my life to the Lord again. I understood that the things I was trying to fill my life with weren’t going to fill me and I needed Him, I knew that I couldn’t do the things He wanted me to do so I asked Him to be the one doing them through me because I knew how a relationship with God goes and I had already failed at it once.
Over the following months, my relationship with God grew intensely and I fell in love with serving. I served in children’s ministry with my family doing worship, I served in Jr. High and worship for big service. After following the Lord for a couple of months I began dating my wife and the Lord worked radically and quickly in our relationships with one another and Him. We got married in May of 2016 and God has been continually blessing me with the second-best gift in the whole world since then.
Hello, this is Matt Lewis. The Lord has blessed me exceedingly with an amazing life, wife and family and gave me an opportunity to serve Him in full time ministry, beginning January of 2020. It didn’t start out that way, however. I’m a local boy, born and raised in the Tri-Cities. My father was a full-time traveling musician playing rock and roll for 20 years until I arrived in 1982. He left everything behind except the alcohol and became a fireman and my mom started a daycare. I have a sister two years younger. Growing up we attended church on holidays because they wanted something better for their kids but didn’t understand that only Jesus can change your life, not religion. I attended Awanas “Cubbies” and church camp as a youth, which was the first time I remember hearing the gospel presented.
I graduated from Southridge High in 2000, then went to Arizona for 2 years to attend MMI (motorcycle mechanics institute) and ride dirt bikes. My dream in life at the time was to ride pro-motocross. I came back and worked at a local shop, where the Lord started to turn up the heat to get my attention. Many things took place over the next 5 years as the Holy Spirit was drawing me, but a couple events stand out in front. My dad disappeared, apparently drowned, and I had a friend who I partied with get saved.
God used those events specifically, to show me what following Jesus really meant, and where to find a purpose in life in my quest for meaning and truth. Long story short, my dad was living in a trailer out in Benton City separated from his wife and family, struggling with depression and alcohol to the very end of his time. I didn’t want that life. More than anything. By God’s grace he did accept Christ a few years before he passed, which continues to assure me of the doctrine of regeneration to this day.
Secondly, my dear friend left the world to follow Jesus and it revealed how fake I was, playing church and not understanding the difference between religion and relationship.