Meet the Pastors

Senior Pastor

Randal Ross

Senior Pastor

I have pastored for over 40 years and am a third-generation Assembly of God minister. I have been the senior pastor at Calvary since 2000 and I love watching it grow in size and diversity. I enjoy traveling throughout the world as a teacher and keynote speaker at seminars and conferences. I have written several books, including “Tapping the Power of Your Emotions,” “The Next Seven Great Events of the Future” and “From the Cross to Eternity.” My wife, Andrea, and I have two children, Matthew and Jessica, and one grandchild.

COO

Rob Winkler

COO

I have served at Calvary since 2014. Prior to my time at Calvary, I served on the executive pastoral staff of Trinity Church. My wife, Linda, and I have been married over 35 years, and we have served the Lord in ministry for over 30 years. We have been blessed with four children and nine grandchildren.

Communications & Student Ministries

Steve Andres

Communications & Student Ministries

I have been a part of the pastoral team at Calvary Church for over 20 years. I love serving in leadership roles over Junior High and High School ministries, as well as Worship and Music ministries. My wife, Jessi, and I are blessed with a beautiful daughter, Ava. I love discovering new avenues to share the Gospel in many places and with many people around the world.

Business Administrator

Christian Axelsen

Business Administrator

I was born and raised in Denmark. I came to the states in 2002 and joined Calvary in 2004. Since coming to Naperville, I met my wife, Erin who works in education, and we have two kids: William and Anna. We are passionate about the work of the local church and the crucial impact it can have locally and abroad through missions work.

Executive Director of Stewardship & Development

Mark Burgund

Executive Director of Stewardship & Development

I love serving God by serving others. I joined Calvary Naperville in 1988 and served as a church administrator until 2016. My passion has always been to be a helpmate to those around me. The joy of my life is my wife of over 50 years, and our two children and two grandchildren.

Calvary West Children & Associate

Kyle Dern

Calvary West Children & Associate

I was called to ministry at age 18, and I’ve been serving full time for over 10 years. My mission is to strengthen the family unit as a whole, equip parents in discipling their children and create opportunities where God’s love is shared. My childhood sweetheart, Heather, and I have two daughters: Chloe and Stella.

NXT High School

Eric Dunker

NXT High School

I love this church and I love this community. I grew up at Calvary, met my wife, Samantha, at Calvary and worked my first full-time ministry position at Calvary. I like pizza, outdoor activities and making memories. I love people and love what I do, but I love God the most!

Assistant Spanish

Angel Escamilla

Assistant Spanish

I have been in ministry for over 40 years, serving as a pastor, missionary, teacher and associate pastor. I’ve been married to my wife for over 40 years, and we have two sons and 10 grandchildren. I am passionate about living life without regret or fear, fulfilling God’s desire for my life and seeing all of my grandchildren in ministry.

Communication and Evangelism

Scotty Gibbons

Communication and Evangelism

I have invested over 20 years of ministry in the local church and served as National Youth Strategist for the Assemblies of God. I have spoken at a variety of youth, adult and family events and have a passion for leadership development in pastors. My wife, Casey, and I have six children: Candice, Kelly, Bria, Allison, Angelina and Jordan.

Spiritual Life

Larry Griswold

Spiritual Life

I have served as Non-Resident Executive Presbyter for the Assemblies of God since 2008. I am a graduate of North Central Bible University in Minnesota, and I currently serve as a member of The President’s Council for Trinity Bible College. My wife, Coleen, and I have two children, Todd and Terri, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

NXT Kids

Michael Grove

NXT Kids

I knew in 8th grade that I was called to be a children’s pastor. I find nothing more exciting than helping a child understand God and His plan for their life! I have been in full-time children’s ministry since 2002. My wife, Kristi, also desires to see God’s best in kids’ lives. Our three children (Ava, Alia and Gavin) help sharpen our skills for discipling kids.

Community Life

Kregg Hood

Community Life

My vision is to help people grow in stewardship to ultimately benefit the body of Christ. I love speaking at churches and conferences, writing for Christian media outlets and teaching inquiring minds. I believe that God is always on our side and that he will always bless us when we trust him and his promises.

Music

Tim Loar

Music

I love directing church choirs and leading people in worship. Music is one of my great passions in life. I have been in music ministry for over 27 years, and my wife, Taunya, and I began serving at Calvary Church in 2007. Taunya and I have two children, and we are very proud of them.

Spanish

Alberto López

Spanish

My passion for Calvary Español brought me to the role of its lead Pastor. I love watching the congregation faithfully grow (and grown in faith) each week. My love for ministry is second to the love for my wife, Becky, whom I met while we were both serving in the military. We have been together 22 years and have two children: Caleb and Dannielle.

Pastoral Care & Senior Adults

Ron Markese

Pastoral Care & Senior Adults

I love seeing people come to know Jesus as Savior! I graduated from Central Bible College in 1980, and have been a pastor at Calvary since 1989. I have been married to my wife, Krisan, for over 35 years, and we have two children, Stephanie and Mychal, and two grandsons, Aiden and Ryan.

Guest Experience

Jason McElwee

Guest Experience

I have previously served in the Assimilation, Small Groups, Outreach and Sports Ministries. I am an encourager and intercessor, desiring growth and healing for God’s people. My wife, Julie, and I have been married 17 years, and we have three children: Jessica, Jared and Joseph.

NXT Jr. High

Eddie Nesby

NXT Jr. High

I was greatly influenced by my rich spiritual heritage. God’s early calling lead me to pursue ministry right after high school. I want to make sure people know they are loved by God. I genuinely love people, because people are the best! My greatest passion is my marriage to Julie and raising our daughters, Zoey Ańais and Talitha Joy.

Web Church & Pastoral Care

Matthew Ross

Web Church & Pastoral Care

I serve as a pastor over Calvary’s web church, and work with pastoral care. My wife, Michelle, and I married in 2013, and we share a heart for connecting and ministering to those in need. We do everything we can to bring the message of Christ to them through the various ministries of Calvary Church. Michelle and I welcomed our first child, a daughter, in March of 2017.

Connections

Jeff Sandstrom

Connections

I have been married to Ericka (currently a PhD student) since 2010, and we’ve been active in planting churches in Berkeley, California and the Chicagoland area. I enjoy reading, writing and speaking. Ericka and I come alive when people immerse themselves in the mystery of Jesus.

Assimilation & Small Groups

Michael Smith

Assimilation & Small Groups

I am an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and a professional coach partnering with leaders and professionals. I love serving within the Small Groups and Assimilation ministry. My wife, Kimberly, and I have six children: Rebecca, Jacob, Allison, Andrew, Nevaeh and Anna.

Assistant Spanish

Ismael Torres

Assistant Spanish

I am a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, and I have received a certificate in counseling. I am passionate about coaching and discipling new believers as they grow in their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ. I love reading, traveling and reading about traveling. I have been married to my wife, Manuela, for over 30 years, and we have four children.

Discipleship & Adult Ministries

Cody Winkler

Discipleship & Adult Ministries

I enjoy spending time and serving within the adult and couples ministries. My wife, Deborah, and I have been married 11 years, and we share a calling and passion to bring hope and healing through the message of Jesus. We love helping people grow in their faith—four of those people being our kids: Josiah, Joshua, Lucy and Charlotte.

Calvary West

Rich Wooten

Calvary West

My heart for ministry began after high school. Following Central Bible College, I joined the Calvary staff in 2006, and in 2014, I became the campus pastor of Calvary West. I enjoy developing relationships because they are key to spiritual growth. I’m married to my college sweetheart of 25 years, Shellie, and we live to lead our four children (Kelsey, Kayla, Jace and Katherine) to follow Christ.