Name: Rob Salvato Where did you grow up? Orange County. Tell us about your family: Married to my beautiful wife, Denise. We have three great kids - Aaron, Amy, and Amanda, who are all married. And a cool dog named Reddington What do you do for fun? Kayak and hang out with my wife! Spend time with my kids, and watch sports. A few favorite books? Christ Indwelling and Enthroned, The Making of a Man of God, Standing in the fire, Any Joel Rosenberg Novels and whatever I am currently reading. Favorite place to visit? Maui. Favorite food? Ice Cream What person has influenced you the most in ministry? Jesus, the Apostle Paul, and Jon Courson. Favorite verse and why? Hebrews 3:1, because it tells us who we are in Christ - Holy Brethren, what our Destiny is - Partakers of a heavenly calling and what we are to be doing in the meantime: Considering Jesus.
Name: Steve Henschel Where did you grow up? Encinitas, CA. Tell us about your family: Wife, Jeanine (married 40 years). Kids: Cheree & Christos, Joseph and Stacy. Grandkids: Eva, Eisley, Isaac. What do you do for fun? Hang out with Jeanine, Camping, Kayaking, Biking, and Cooking Favorite place to visit: Disneyland Favorite books: Bible, anything by Warren Wiersbe Favorite food: I love it all Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? Jon Courson - His love for God and His people. Favorite Bible verse and why? 2 Cor. 1:20. I love that God is faithful in all His promises to us.
Name: Eddie Hill Where did you grow up? Southern California Tell us about your family: Married to my wife, Dawn. We have 2 boys, Austin & Ethan and 3 girls, Emma, Bella, & Jessy, and one daughter-in-law. What do you do for fun? Camping with my family, playing in the snow, pinochle, golf Favorite place to visit: Hawaii Favorite books: Psalms, books by Warren Wiersbe or J Vernon McGee. Favorite food: Spaghetti! Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? My wife, because she is so sensitive to the Spirit, and full of wisdom. Favorite Bible verse and why? Psalm 139, because God is always with us, and always thinking about us.
Name: Mike Viveros Where did you grow up? Oceanside, California. Tell us about your family: Married to my wonderful wife Lisa Viveros. We have two daughters Teddie, Corina, and a grandson Trace. What do you do for fun? I love to travel, work on classic cars, projects at home. Favorite place to visit: Maui, Hawaii. Favorite books: Prophecy books Favorite food: Mexican Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? My brother in law George Casas. He has a genuine love for Jesus and you can see it. Favorite Bible verse and why? Galatians 2:20 NKJV, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Birthday: December 12th Hometown: Cleveland Ohio Family Info: Married to my multi-gifted wife, MaryAnne, and we have one daughter, Ashley who is married to our son-in-law, Sebastion. We are blessed with our amazing granddaughter, Audrey, and our grandson, Declan. What do you do for fun? Hang out with my wife, motorcycle and bike riding. Favorite books? In His Steps, Making of a Man of God, Christ Indwelling and Enthroned, 50 People Every Christian Should Know. Favorite place to visit? Monterey, CA Favorite indulgence? Ty’s Burger House-Western BBQ Burger and onion rings. What person has influenced you the most in ministry? Men I first served with at Calvary Vista, like Bob Brown and John Hofland
Name: Jamie Urbina Where did you grow up? Oceanside, CA Tell us about your family: My beautiful wife Rachel and I have 2 amazing sons: Wesley and Shepard. What do you do for fun? Love hangs with the family, beach, hikes and soccer. Favorite place to visit: Taco shops Favorite books: Menus Favorite food: Tacos Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? My father and my brother have both set an example of humility and character that God has used in multiple ways in multiple seasons of my life. Above all, my wife continues to be the greatest gift and encouragement in my relationship with Jesus and I love serving alongside her. Favorite Bible verse and why? Ephesians 3:20 has brought much encouragement to me lately. It has linked my past and present together under the grace of God and continues to bring so much hope for my future. God will always far exceed my wildest dreams.
Name: Aaron SabioBirthday: November 26, 1990Grew up in: Hawaiian Gardens/ Murrieta, CaFamily Info: I have four brothers. I am the second oldest.What do you do for fun? I love playing volleyball, going to the beach, and singing.Favorite books: Anything by A.W. Tozer, Spurgeon, and Paul David TrippFavorite places to visit? Palawan, Philippines, and New ZealandWho has influenced you the most in ministry and why? My dad, Ren Sabio, has influenced me the most in my personal ministry. He continually leads in godly wisdom, steadfastness, and faith.
Name: Matt With Where did you grow up? I was born in Albuquerque New Mexico, and lived there until I was six years old. When I was six we moved to Farmington New Mexico, where I would say I grew up. Tell us about your family: I have two parents who love me very much, 3 sisters that I love and made growing up a little crazy, but always fun, 4 very supportive grandparents, and 2 nephews that are awesome! What do you do for fun? l love playing tennis and enjoy anything outdoors that looks like an adventure, but I also enjoy relaxing and just reading a good book. Favorite place to visit: My favorite place to visit would probably have to be either one of my grandparents house, they always have the best food! Favorite books: My favorite books are Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill, The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd-Jones, and anything written by C.H Spurgeon, Matt Chandler, or John Piper. Favorite food: My favorite food is anything that is cooked with New Mexico “hatch” green chile. Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? My youth Pastor Eden Fine for constantly showing me what the grace of God looked like, and how beautiful and amazing it is. My mom for constantly pursuing and pointing me to the Lord in times of great trial, and the staff at Calvary Chapel Bible college for the constant encouragement and love that they have shown to me. Favorite Bible verse and why? 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” It shows the beauty and the extent of God’s love in the Gospel. He who knew no sin, became sin for me? I hope that I never lose the wonder and awe that this verse so simply, yet so greatly shares.
Name: Peter Denham Where did you grow up? I grew up in the beautiful town of Auburn California, located in Northern California just outside of Sacramento. Tell us about your family: I am married to my beautiful wife, Sierra Denham and we have been recently blessed with our first child Liam James Denham. What do you do for fun? I love to hangout with my wife and go on breakfast dates, play music, surf, drink coffee, and shop! Favorite place to visit? My favorite place to visit just happens to be where I live now –Southern California. However, my wife and I honeymooned in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico so that has become a new favorite destination. Favorite books: Worship Matters by Bob Kaufflin, Reason for God by Timothy Keller, Lectures to My Students by Charles Spurgeon, Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp, Forgotten God by Francis Chan, and Jesus Style by Gale D. Erwin. Favorite food: Favorite food would have to be Mexican… and sushi… Who has influenced you most in ministry and why? First and foremost Jesus Christ. He has changed my life and given me purpose and calling. I would be nothing without Him. I would also have to say my dad, Greg Denham. I remember from an early age looking up to Him and admiring his heart for the Lord and passion to serve Him. Pastor Rob Salvato has been a huge influence in my life as well- a spiritual father, I am blessed to be serving under His leadership here at Calvary Vista. And last but not least, my wife. She has been a HUGE influence in my spiritual life. Because of her I am closer to Jesus. I am so tremendously blessed to call her my bride and best friend. Favorite Bible verse and why? “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7) First of all, how can you choose a favorite bible verse, there are so many! However, this verse has stuck with me since Jr. High. From an early age I have tried to recognize the importance of listening to and receiving instruction from others, especially those more seasoned in faith. I see the important connection between spiritual growth and having a heart that is willing to receive from the Lord and from others. I hope to always be someone open to receive wisdom and instruction.
Name: Rob Nash Where did you grow up? I grew up in New York State on Long Island. Graduated from High School in 1961 at 16 years old and continued to grow up for 9 more years at College and after as a High School Chemistry teacher in upstate New York near the Canadian border where I met my wife. Tell us about your family: My wife and I moved to Davis California where I did graduate work at UC Davis. A job opportunity for 1 semester teaching at Palomar College in 1974 brought us, now a family of 4, to Vista California. I was married 21 years when my wife passed away in 1991. I have two children, Jessica and Jonathan. Jessica and her husband and two children live in Bend, Oregon. Jonathan and his wife live in Oceanside. What do you do for fun? Go to the beach or the mountains. Listen to Christian music, garden, read a good book Favorite place to visit: Adirondack Mountains, Kauai, Sierras, and home here in Oceanside. Favorite books: The Bible is #1 especially now seeing the stories as movies and thinking about what the characters in the story and God show about their character and spiritual situation. After that: Cliffs of Opal by F. W. Borham (and anything else by the same author), With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray (and anything else by the same author), Disciples are Made Not Born by Walter A. Henrichsen (and anything by the same author, Christ Indwelling and Enthroned by J. Oswald Sanders, Gladys Aylward by Sam Wellman (and other biographies by the same author), Heaven by Randy Alcorn ( and If God is Good by the same author), and One Minute Answers to Skeptics Top 40 Questions by Charlie Campbell (and anything else by the same author). Favorite food: Ice Cream, and then Grass fed, range free filet mignon Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? Bob Hoekstra – Introduced me to grace. Rob Salvato – Inspires and encourages me with his humble heart before Jesus. Charlie Campbell – His friendship and support personally in my life, and his servant heart coupled with diligent, self-sacrificing, hard work to take the truth of God and put it on the lower shelf so all can understand. Favorite Bible verse and why? Psalm 27:4. This expresses the biggest longing of my heart to have intimate, almost like I can feel Him hugging me, fellowship with Jesus. I know it IS coming after I leave here AND that I can enjoy a small and precious part of that right now like David did!
Name: Kevin Michel Where did you grow up? Spring Valley, CA Tell us about your family: Married to Betsy. I have 4 daughters and 1 son, 11 grand kids (raising or raised two of them) What do you do for fun? Love to go to Disneyland, the Zoo, and Balboa Park with my wife Betsy and grand-daughter, Aimee. I also love to take rides on my Harley. Favorite Books: The Bible and Heaven by Randy Alcorn Favorite places to visit? I love our East County San Diego, Julian, etc. I also love to visit Thailand when I'm able... But honestly, I've traveled many places in the world, and lived in a few of them, so I'm always up for a good road trip! Favorite food: Ghirardelli Ice Cream (at Disneyland) Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? I honestly have to say Pastor Chuck. His simplistic love for Jesus, along with his ability to simply teach and share God's word and His heart, has helped me to grow and has seen me through more chaotic times then I can mention. He's also been instrumental in laying, what I believe has been, a solid foundation in the way I study and read my Bible. But to add to that, I'd also have to say that my pastor, Rob Salvato, has had a lasting and continuing impact on the way I look at ministry and practically work through and handle the day-by-day issues that arise daily in ministry. My church, under the leadership of Pastor Rob, has been my place of worship for many years now and I can honestly say that I have always met with the Lord here, privately and corporately. That gives me the assurance that I will always have home where I can grow. I'm in a place where people truly matter... Favorite Bible verse and why? There are too many to list…So we’ll just leave it with Philippians 3:13-14, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Why? Because life is too short to live in the past!
Name: Sam Cracchiolo Where did you grow up? Huntington Beach Tell us about your family: Beautiful wife married in 1978. 3 Daughters 6 Grandchildren What do you do for fun? Ride my Harley Davidson with my wife and friends. Favorite place to visit: Italy Favorite books: Heaven by Randy Acorn Favorite food: Snow crab legs .. and any Italian food or anything not healthy. Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? A man by the name Randy Tucker A person who took the time to disciple me and was a great example of what a Christian walk should look like. Favorite Bible verse and why? Jeremiah 29:11- A great promise and comfort as we go through life's trials.
Birthday: June 10th
Family Info: Cathy and her husband Tom have been married for 26 years. They began teaching 3-4 year old children here at Calvary Vista when they were first engaged in 1989. They have 3 grown sons - Joel, Aaron and James who all grew up attending Calvary Vista's Children's ministry. The Lord recently blessed them with a wonderful daughter-in-law, Jessica, who also serves in the toddler class for Moms and kids Thursday Bible study.
Favorite books? Really the Bible is my main reading these days. I tend to get engrossed when I read other books and don't have time for that right now!
Favorite places to visit? Italy!! Oregon too but mainly because my family is there.
Favorite indulgence? Pedicures!
Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? Of course we are so blessed to have so many Godly women to look up to in ministry but I would have to say Yvonne. She has been a constant encourager to me and she has always been so real in all areas, as a wife, a mother in ministry etc. I know I can go to her and always get solid, Godly advice and prayer. She is amazing!
Name: Sheri Salvato Where did you grow up? Huntington Beach California Tell us about your family: Married 24 years to Albert Salvato. Two Kids: Tony (20) and Alina (18) What do you do for fun? Spend time with my family. Favorite place to visit? Beaches. Favorite books: Stepping Heavenward. Favorite food: Anything with Avocados. Who has influenced you most in ministry and why? Debbie Bryson is a great teacher and encourager. Favorite Bible verse and why? Romans 12 :12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.” That verse says it all!
Name: Denise Salvato Where did you grow up? In Grants Pass, Oregon. Tell us about your family: I am married to my best friend, Rob Salvato, and we have three adult children who are all married….and our first grandchild is on the way! Oh, I can’t forget to mention the cutest Yorkie ever, our Reddington. What do you do for fun? Rob and I like to kayak, take walks, and hang out with our kids. I also like puzzles, card games, thrift store shopping, and baking. Favorite place to visit? Maui with Rob. But I also love the mountains! Favorite books? Oh, so many! Christ Indwelling and Enthroned, Stepping Heavenward, and books by Oswald Sanders, Warren Weirsbe, Max Lucado, Chuck Smith, Elisabeth Elliott, Nancy Leigh Demoss, Beth Moore. I also love biographies. Favorite food? Vanilla Bean ice cream. I know, sounds boring, but I LOVE it. Especially stirred up with milk. What person has influenced you the most in ministry? Many people have influenced my life and I am grateful. I would say that Kay Smith left a huge impact on me for ministry by her example, teachings, exhortations, and her passion for Jesus. But ultimately, it has been my husband, who continually reflects the heart of Christ and agape love for His church. Favorite Bible verse and why? 1 John 3:1-2: "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure." Why? Because I am in awe and wonder of the love of my Heavenly Father who calls me His own and who has promised that one day I will see Him face to face and be forever changed into His likeness!
Name: Yvonne Cottage Where did you grow up? I was born in Indiana, but moved to California at an early age. Lived my younger years in Orange County, then came to San Diego. Tell us about your family: I am married to my best friend Dave, 35 years in the grace and love of the Lord. We have three adult daughters, Rachel who is married to Jamie, Meagan and Hannah. Blessed with two grandsons Wesley and Shepard, who bring us great joy. What do you do for fun? Bike ride with Dave, new to hiking and enjoying that adventure, we take every opportunity to spend time with our kids and grandkids and I love a good book. Favorite place to visit: Mountains, beaches, anywhere our family lives. Favorite books: God’s Word, Christ Indwelling and Enthroned, A Chance to Die, anything by Wiersbe, Nancy Leigh DeMoss and I love a good clean legal thriller. Favorite food: Pizza is the perfect food and chocolate for a treat. Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? From the bible I’ve learned from the examples of --Jesus, John the Baptist and Paul ---humility, grace, love, and to serve others at the cost of self. Within the body of Christ I’ve learned the same from the lives of my family, the great staff and volunteers I work with, and too many women to name who have poured into me through the years of Women’s Bible study. Favorite Bible verse and why? Philippians 2:1-11 The humility and obedience of Jesus, the great love demonstrated to me as He became a servant and died on the cross. “Let this mind be in you…” a great plumb line for living out my faith. The call to be of one mind, one accord, having the same love---esteem others over self. Grateful for these truths and the Spirit who helps me pursue them.
Name: Karen Cole Robbins Where did you grow up? Morongo Valley, a small town in the high desert on the way to Joshua Tree. It was a great place to grow up. What do you do for fun? Loads of things, most anything involving spending time with family and friends, bike rides, beach walks, fun movies, exploring places around San Diego we’ve never been to, traveling, reading and the list goes on... Favorite place to visit: I love Australia but I am always up for an adventure and going to new places. I have a long list of places I want to go to. Favorite books: The Bible, it is God's words to my heart and is the source for everything. I can’t count the times I’ve read Jane Austen, and I do enjoy a good mystery. One of my favorite authors is Isobel Kuhn, a missionary to China before World War II. She has written many books about her time in China and a couple books on other topics. I’ve read them all. Favorite food: French Fries Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? There are too many to list. The Lord has blessed me so much by the people He has placed around me as life examples through the years. People who love Jesus, who challenge me to be a better person for Christ by their daily living as well as how they love and care for people.
Name: Traci Andrews Where did you grow up? Costa Mesa, CA Tell us about your family: married 35 years to my wonderful Mike. We have one amazing daughter Emily and the best son in law ever, Roger. What do you do for fun? motorcycle riding. Favorite place to visit: Kauai and Mammoth and Sedona for a good hike. Favorite books: The Bible is the obvious answer but I also enjoyed reading the strategies of Satan and Forgotten God. Favorite food: Mexican and followed up with a big ol dish of chocolate chip ice cream Who has influenced you most in ministry and why? My mother in law who is now with the Lord. Betty Jean was an amazing women. Always looked for the best in people. She was an inspiration an a bright light for the Lord. If I could be half the women she was I'd consider that a victory. Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 103:4, "...Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies.” I was on a path of destruction, but God! Given breast cancer in 2009. A battle I could not have won without the Lord and my family. This walk of faith builds our hope for the future because of God's proven faithfulness in the past.
Name: MaryAnne HommelBirthday: October 1Grew up in: Southern CaliforniaFamily Info: Married to Dave, mom of Ashley who is married to Sebastion, and Gigi to Audrey and DeclanWhat do you do for fun? Besides family time, read, ride motorcycles, watch the Raiders, go to car races and crochet. Oh, and color!Favorite books: Are you kidding? How many can I list?Favorite places to visit? Anywhere off a back road.Favorite indulgence: Anything made with potatoes.Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? Three people and an author-My husband, who led the way, John Hofland, who believed a former heretic could serve the Lord and poured truth and good books into me, Denise Salvato, who gave me opportunities I never dreamed to ask for, and author/pastor Alan Redpath. Oh yes, and the book of Nehemiah.
Name: Jeannine Henschel Where did you grow up? Encinitas, CA Tell us about your family: I have been married to Steve coming up on forty years this year. He is an amazing Husband, Father and Grandfather. Our daughter Cheree is married to Christos and is ever so blessed with a son Isaac. Joseph our son and his wife Stacy have the cutest, most precious girls, Evangelene and Eisley. The times that I cherish the most is when we are all together! What do you do for fun? Bike riding, camping, kayaking and taking walks at the harbor with our dog, Maribel. Favorite place to visit: For anyone that knows us our most often favorite visited place would be Disneyland! Favorite books: Other than the Bible I would have say Indwelling and Enthroned Favorite food: Pizza, Mexican and anything Steve cooks! Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? Rob and Denise! As I have sat under their leading for over 20 years I have seen their hearts so sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit in their lives. They are beautiful example of Christ and I am so thankful for them. Favorite Bible verse and why? Gal 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." This verse reminds me that I am not living this life for my own gain. The old man is dead and I am a new creation in Christ! He lives in me, guides me and equips me to live a life relying on Him and being grateful for His great love for me.
Name: Jeannette E. Pierini Where did you grow up? Long Island, NY Tell us about your family: Widowed twice (Bob & John), three married sons, Robert & Wendy-Amity Harbor, LI, NY (bought house he grew up in), Matthew & Kim -Oceanside, CA- kids-Rachel 15 and Luke 12, and Tim & Jenn in Charleston, SC- a Montessori school Principal, kids- Savannah 20, Rebeccah 16, and Jakob 12. I am blessed also with 4 step kids and & their girls Sophia(15) and Cecelia(17). What do you do for fun? Read, Travel, Boating, Fishing, swimming and water aerobics Favorite place to visit: Charleston, SC (want to visit Hawaii) Favorite books: Bible, Case For Christ, A Day’s Journey, Anything by CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, A Vision of His Glory, Pilgrim’s Progress Favorite food: Italian Who has influenced you the most in ministry and why? The life of Jesus and the people who have showed me his love and grace. My Mom who first took me to church (Sunday School). Pastor Paul when I was 12 and became born again and he told me how to have a relationship with my Savior. My Dad, later on in life, by his godly example. My Home-fellowship back on LI and my Home-fellowship here, at CCV. And many Pastors, brothers and sisters since then. I serve at the pleasure of my Jesus. Favorite Bible verse and why? Psalm 118:24, Reminds me where my joy comes from and to spread it about!