He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Pastor Ron first heard the call to the pastorate in 1977 while attending a Bible study taught by Pastor Greg Laurie (Harvest Christian Fellowship) at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in Southern California. That evening radically changed his direction in life -- from a self-determined course to be a professional golfer, toward a new life as a surrendered minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, Ron wouldn't fully understand that call until 15 years later.
Upon graduation from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 1979 he moved to Casper, Wyoming, where he taught his first bible study to high school group sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. For the next 10 years, Ron served as a lay minister of the gospel to a variety of audiences including youth, adults, and incarcerated youth. During this time he ministered through Bible studies, one-on-one discipleship, worship & outreach concerts, eagerly pursuing any opportunity to share the love of Christ.
Ron was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1992, and served as a youth and associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Eastside in Bellevue, Washington. In 1999, he served as an associate pastor at Calvary Fellowship, Seattle, under the ministry of Pastor Wayne Taylor. During these years as an associate, Pastor Ron gained extensive experience serving as youth pastor, worship leader, adult singles pastor, pastor of discipleship & evangelism, and director of the Calvary Chapel Bible College - Seattle Extension. In the spring of 2001, Pastor Ron heard the distinct call to start a new work in the city of Puyallup, and on October 14th, 2001, South Hill Calvary Chapel was born.
Ron and his wife, Jenny, live in Puyallup; their six adult children and eleven grandchildren live in Puyallup, Nashville, Salt Lake City and Seattle.
Mark was born into a Christian family and raised as a preacher's kid. He doesn't remember having much of a personal spiritual life during his childhood years; however, there were moments when he thought God was real but distant. His family did not have much money, and he blamed God and the church for that.
At the age of 16, he got a job on Sundays and stopped attending church. He went to college and dabbled in Buddhaism and Hinduism. God brought several strong Christians into his life during those years, and he had to admit they had something that he didn't. Mark entered into a "modern" marriage knowing that it might not last because their careers might take first place. They went to graduate school, and it was there the marriage ended.
At this point, he realized how empty he was and became desperate to change his life. A strong Christian man witnessed to Mark and brought him to a Calvary Chapel meeting. Mark was amazed and began to believe that God had his hand on him. He surrendered to Jesus in 1982 at Calvary Fellowship in Seattle. His life made a complete "U" turn. He was entirely broken, and Jesus began a good work in him.
Mark met his wife Rene at a Bible study, and they were married in 1986. They had two daughters, Emily and Jennifer. Today, Emily and her husband, Ben Spector, are missionaries in Croatia. Jennifer is attending the University of Washington. They are both strong Christian women which is the biggest blessing to Mark and Rene. Mark is the City Administrator in Orting and an Elder at South Hill Calvary Chapel. He desires to glorify God in all his work.
The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.
Phil was born in Pasadena, CA, and spent his childhood and teenage years in a loving family in Grants Pass, OR. Phil was raised in the Catholic Church, and he first gave his life to Christ at a Youth for Christ convention in high school. During his studies of electrical engineering at Gonzaga University, Phil struggled with his faith and was lost and confused by his graduation.After college (1999), Phil's life was changed forever when he became a servant of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Just prior to that point, he had a wonderful girlfriend, great friends, and good education, but he was still missing the central purpose of life. Then, an old high school friend invited him to study Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell. This started him on a deep study of God's Word. As a result, Phil repented of his sins, gave himself fully to Jesus, and began to be fed the Word at Calvary Chapel churches.
Following his complete surrender to the Lord, Phil earned his master's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington, and he married that wonderful girlfriend, Heather, on July 1, 2000. They now have two daughters, Anna and Rose, and a son, Seth. The Spagnolo Family lives in Puyallup.
Phil has served in various roles at The Chapel Chapel since its inception. In July of 2008, he left his job with Boeing Research and Design to become a full time pastor. Phil currently serves as a Pastor/Elder and The Director of Church Operations.
When he was a young child, Jonathan McNicol's mother read him Pilgrim's Progress, an allegory about a man whose burden of sin rolled away at the cross of Jesus, and who, having faithfully battled the world, the flesh, and the devil throughout his pilgrimage on earth, was welcomed joyfully into the Celestial City. Jonathan wanted to go the Celestial City; his mom explained how he could be made right with God and go to heaven by trusting in Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Three years later after coming to understand that a follower of Jesus Christ should be identified with him in baptism, he was baptized on May 25, 1980.
Jonathan is a CPA working as a Sr. Accountant for Milgard Windows and Doors. He and his wife Ellie joined The Chapel Church in May 2010. Jonathan met Ellie at his sister Michelle's wedding where Ellie was a bridesmaid. Michelle thought they would be well-suited, so she told Jonathan that Ellie was really sweet and asked if he had talked with her yet. They then talked a lot, and five months later on October 25, 2003, they were married! The Lord has entrusted them with six children (10 months old through 11 years old as of May 2016).
Jonathan is very thankful to God for other Christians who over the course of his life have taught him how to follow Jesus more closely, helped him see where his life fell short of his doctrine, and spurred him on in the faith. Consequently, Jonathan's passion for ministry is encouraging people, loving them, and helping them grow in the Lord.