Elders

Rick Bartlett

email: elders@calvarycc.org

Rick joined the Elder Board in 2010 and currently serves as Chairman of the Elder Board.

Call to Ministry:
"I came to know and love Jesus at a young age. Eventually, I came to understand my need for a savior and the joy that comes from knowing Christ as Lord. Over the last few years, I’ve had the opportunity to see God at work in my life; growing my faith, blessing me with a family, and giving me the desire to know Him better as my life goes on. Today, I’m grateful to serve our church and humbled that God would use me in this capacity. As an elder, I’m committed to seeing Calvary as an impactful, Christ-centered place where children come to know the Lord, families grow strong together, and each of us are challenged to live out our faith wherever we are."

Favorite Scripture Verse: Philippians 4:4-9 - "…Do not be anxious about anything. But in everything, through prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Whatever you have learned or heard or received from me, or seen in me, put it into practice and the God of peace will be with you."


Larry Carignan

email: elders@calvarycc.org



Harry Frum

email: elders@calvarycc.org

Call to Ministry:
"Twenty two years ago, God called me to be a part of the Elder Board. For many years, I served within our Student Ministries in the High School Ministry and for years also served in leadership of the Usher volunteers."

Favorite Scripture Verse: Matthew 5:16 "Psalm 46:1, 2b, Joshua 1 6-9, Eph 3:20, Phil 2:10-11 - "...That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."


Ryan Liljegren

email: elders@calvarycc.org

Call to Ministry:
Ryan feels that God has led him into the business world, but has given him a heart for ministry. From a ministry standpoint, Ryan has led worship for adults and youth, he has been leading a small group at Calvary since 2005, and has mentored several men. Ryan is also on the board of directors at Stillpoint Family Resources. He is particularly excited about seeing the Calvary body grow deeper in their walk with God, and seeing Calvary's children's ministry continue to grow as a place where kids can learn the truths of scripture in a dynamic and fun environment. He has been married to Kim since 1997, and they have three children.

Favorite Scripture Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths."


Jason McMaster

email: elders@calvarycc.org

Call to Ministry:
"I am committed to being part of Calvary’s charge to grow individuals and families in Christ. As a father and youth pastor, I am particularly passionate about seeing an impactful, Christ-centered church where children and young adults will come to know the Lord, families will grow strong together, and new Christian leaders and servants are developed."


Bert Overholt

email: elders@calvarycc.org

Call to Ministry:
"Serving the King of Kings."

Bert Overholt has been serving as an elder for over 5 years. He has been married to Ann for over 35 years, and they have two grown children. Bert has led many trips to Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and he spent the first 14 years of his life as the son of missionaries in Brazil and is fluent in English and Portuguese. Bert's father established a Youth For Christ camp located there. Bert is also the Clinical Director and Co-founder of Family Phases Counseling Center, working with individuals and couples and enjoys helping his clients find and experience new aspects of resolve as they pursue deeper connectedness.



Bill Rehwald

email: elders@calvarycc.org

Call to Ministry:
“I have served the church continually as an Elder from 1974 to 2000. With no intention of returning to serve on the Board, I was asked to consider leadership again. In 2003, God said it was not my time to retire, so I answered the call to return. I have many favorite books and characters of the Bible. Third Quarter studied Galatians in Spring 2010. During the study, I was impressed with Galatians 2:20, 'I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.' Jesus wants our old nature to die and have us molded into a new creation that is led by the Holy Spirit. We have become new vessels for His use in building His kingdom.”

Favorite Scripture Verse: 2 Tim 2:15 - "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."


Dan Smith 

email: elders@calvarycc.org

Call to Ministry:
"I am excited and honored to serve the Lord as an Elder here at Calvary. I have served in ministry over the past three decades both at Calvary and in other ministries here in Southern California. Through the years, the Lord has given me a passion to encourage others by helping them develop an accurate view of God as revealed in Scripture so that they might become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Next to following Jesus, the greatest joy in my life is being the husband of Jennifer for the past 27 years; and being called dad by our three sons, Kyle, Connor and Tyler. One of my guiding passages of scripture comes from Jesus in Mark 12:29-31 where Jesus is questioned about which commandment is most important. In reply he says,“The most important one,”answered Jesus,“is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” To love God and to love others is the heartbeat of my life and the focus of my leadership."


Shawn Thornton

Senior Pastor

email: pastorsoffice@calvarycc.org
blog: www.pastorshawn.com
twitter: twitter.com/shawnthornton
phone: 818.575.2278

Pastor Shawn also serves as Senior Pastor.

Pastor Shawn answered the call to lead Calvary Community Church in September 2008, moving to the Conejo Valley from West Virginia, where he had spent over a decade pastoring Bible Center Church.

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