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Pastor Gary Malkus

Senior Pastor

Pastor Andrew Ferguson

Administrative Pastor

Pastor Hector Garcia

Children's Ministry Pastor

Pastor Matt Cordi

Worship Pastor

Pastor Jacob Lane

Youth Pastor

Pastor Gary Arce

School of Ministry

Alyssa Prickett

Administrative Assistant

Liana Lane

Receptionist

Pastor Gary Malkus, Sr. // Senior Pastor

I received Jesus as my personal Savior in April of 1980 while serving in the US Army. My wife, Danielle, and I began attending church regularly from the moment we were saved. The Lord called us back to California when my tour in the military ended in the fall of 1980.


In 1981, I began teaching a weekly Home Fellowship and was part of the counseling ministry for Colonial Bible Church in Tustin, CA. In 1986 we moved our family to Phelan and began attending what is now Calvary Chapel of Phelan. I began teaching a Home Fellowship after a few months of attending this church. I was ordained as the Youth Pastor in July of 1989. I truly enjoyed working with the teenagers and teaching them the Word of God. I worked as a Youth Pastor until January 1993 when I was brought on staff full time as the Assistant Pastor/Administrator.


In 1991, I became a Chaplain for the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department. I began this ministry as a Citizen Volunteer Chaplain. I completed the Reserve Peace Officer Academy in October 1994 and was sworn in as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff. I now serve as a Chaplain on a peer level with the Deputies in our department. The Lord has opened many doors through Chaplaincy for ministry to those in the Law Enforcement community.


In October 2007 I became the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Apple Valley. Danielle and I are excited to see all that God has in store for us while serving this church. We are looking forward to many years of ministry watching the Lord build His church.


We have three grown children, Terra who is married to Jim, Gary Jr. who is married to Jessica, and Jacquie who is married to Andrew. We are also proud of our ten grandchildren Savannah, Jimmie, Ean, Raelyn, Karis, Titus, Sofia, Lola, Malachi, and Freedom. As well as our two great grandsons Oden and Carsen.


 

pastor Andrew Ferguson // Admnistrative pastor

In the Summer of 2003 I was addicted to methamphetamine.  Because of my addiction I violated my probation.  When I went to court they ordered me to find a program that would help me find freedom from my life controlling problems. My Dad found a Faith based program called Teen Challenge that was highly recommended by His Pastor. I met with the Pastor on a Sunday and he encouraged me to go to get the help I desperately needed. I entered the doors of Teen Challenge broken, ashamed, empty, and hurting from the lawless life I had chosen to live. I had a real encounter with Jesus Christ just two weeks after entering the doors of Teen Challenge.  This encounter radically set me free from the bondage of sin. I had finally found purpose, Identity, and calling that directed my life into full time ministry. I graduated the program after one year.  Then I entered the Internship program for four months, which lead me to the Teen Challenge Ministry Institute for one year of Bible college.


In 2006 I accepted a position as a Teacher/Advisor at the Riverside Teen Challenge Training Center. Five years later I was given the privilege to serve as the Dean of Students, Evangelism Coordinator and Apprenticeship program supervisor of Southern California. In 2008 I married my beautiful wife Jacquie and later added to our family three precious gifts: Karis, Titus and Malachi. During that time, I served approximately 129 men and staff who were part of the Christian Life School. I found great joy in seeing men’s lives be transformed by the power of the Gospel and witnessing personal growth in their journey of discipleship. I ministered with Southern California Teen Challenge for over 10 years until just recently the Lord came to us with a word that would change the direction of our lives.


The Word we received was Acts 8:26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. This word came while we were at Church on a Sunday morning. It came about four hours before I was asked to pray about coming on staff as the Administrative Pastor. I was completely taken off guard and I was torn apart by having to decide to leave Southern California Teen Challenge a ministry that introduced me to Jesus and had invested into my discipleship for 10 years. I thought I would never leave Teen Challenge, But God had a different plan for me and my Family. After spending time seeking the Lord my wife and I received several words from the Lord confirming my transition to this new assignment in the Kingdom.  


I currently serve as the Administrative Pastor and Young Adult Pastor. I look forward to serving in the community of Apple Valley and around the world fulfilling the Great commission. I have a deep passion for evangelism and discipleship and reaching Millennials with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe in the life changing Power of the Holy Spirit that has the ability to transform a culture that is blinded and bound by the enemy. I believe we have an opportunity to equip and reach a lost and dying world with the Hope of Jesus Christ.


 

pastor hector garcia // Children's Ministry pastor

I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in 1996, but backslid very quickly for 3 years. I was fooled into thinking that trusting in a religion instead of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was what I needed in my life. The gospel was preached to me in a way that I understood it and I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, but that is where is stopped. The church I was attending did not teach God’s word in its entirety. The importance of: reading God’s Word, praying, fellowship with other believers, and most importantly having a personal relationship with Jesus, was not the priority. The “Just trust what the church is saying and you will be ok” lead me to continue my life as I knew it, but God had another plan for my life, His plan.


Slowly, the Lord began to convict me of my lifestyle. The things I thought were acceptable began to feel wrong. The Lord showed me the plans I had would only lead to destruction and that His plans would lead to life everlasting. I thought that money, women, alcohol was ok to desire as long as I confessed my sin on Saturday and went to church on Sunday. I remember the night I had enough of my life and called out to our God to save me from myself. You see I was caught up in a gambling company making thousands of dollars a week, manipulating women, and using alcohol as a drug to try and drown out my convicted heart. It was this conviction that led me to make a choice to truly follow Him or lose my life to this dark world. I needed Jesus to pick up my broken life and fill me with his love. When I made the choice to follow him instead of the world my real life began. The Lord drastically changed my life showing me that He is the priority and nothing can come before Him. Within 30 days of my repentance I lost the money and all the relationships I had. He took it all away and gave me the simple life I needed. The Lord granted my prayer for a new life in Him and for the past 15 years I have grown to have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


I have had the great honor of serving our Lord in the United States Air Force for the past 14 yrs along with a high school teaching career for just as long.


In 2007 I became a Jr High Youth Leader at Calvary Chapel of Apple Valley. I have been so blessed through teaching God’s Word to the youth in both the church and high school settings.


In 2011 I became the director of the children’s ministry at Calvary Chapel of Apple Valley. It was in the Jr. High and children’s ministry setting that the Lord reveled his calling on my life, to serve Him in full-time ministry as the Children’s Ministry Pastor at Calvary Chapel Apple Valley.


On August 5th 2012 I became the Children’s Ministry Pastor at Calvary Chapel of Apple Valley. In January of 2015 God called me to Pastor the High School Ministry.   My wife Laurie and I have been married for 12 years and have been blessed with three children: Samuel 11, Chloe 7, and Elijah 7. We have been blessed with training up our kids in the ways of the Lord. My entire family is so happy to be part of the Lord’s church in full time ministry at Calvary Chapel of Apple Valley and look forward to serving and watching the Lord build His church.


 

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pastor Matt Cordi // worship pastor

I was raised in a home where we attended church regularly.  But when I was 15 years old, my brother Mike read to me from the book of Revelation.  I had never heard these passages before, and it made me realize that I was not saved.  At that point, I gave my life to the Lord.  My first years as a Christian, however, were years of compromise and struggle.  But even as I struggled in my commitment to the Lord, He helped me to realize how important worship was, and is, in our relationship to Him.

 

My wife Lupe and I were married in 1981.  We moved our family to the high desert in 1986, and made a commitment to make God the priority in our lives.  We started attending Calvary Chapel Community Church in Victorville, and became involved in ministry.  I served in the worship ministry there for five years. 

 

In 1991, we believed that the Lord called us to attend Calvary Chapel of the High Desert.  I became involved in worship there, and eventually became the worship pastor.  We served in that capacity for 12 years.

 

God called us to Calvary Chapel Apple Valley in April of 2016.  We are excited and blessed to serve alongside the staff and congregation in this place where God has put us!

 

My wife and I have three daughters.  Danielle and her husband Gilbert have four boys (Silas, Harper, Ean, and Leo).  Sarah and her husband Cory have one daughter (Bianca).  Ashley is married to Eric.

 

1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.


 

pastor jacob lane // YOUTH pastor

"Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.” Luke 18:29-30


I was blessed to be raised by a Christian family who taught me what it means to live a life of faith in Jesus Christ. I accepted Jesus into my life at a young age. However, it wasn’t until I was about 12 years old that I truly understood what it meant to be saved by grace.


With the curious mind of a 12 year old boy, I began exploring pornography. The guilt and shame that came with this sin felt unbearable. But when I came to the realization that Christ died for all my sin, I was able to live in freedom from that sin and the guilt that it carried.


At this point in my life, the Bible stories from Sunday School were no longer just stories. They had real application to my life. The story of King David and his heart after God inspired me to seek after Him in the same way. The story of the Israelites and God’s provision for them allowed me to trust in God’s faithfulness to provide for my family when my dad was out of work. The story of Jesus asking His disciples to pick up their crosses to follow Him led me to give up my own desires to follow His leading into the ministry.


After completing my second year at Vanguard University, God redirected my path to be the worship leader and a pastor here at Calvary Chapel Apple Valley. This required me to drop out of school, give up my life in Costa Mesa, and place myself and my girlfriend in long distance relationship. This calling didn’t make sense to me since I was still two years away from completing my degree. However, God gave me clear instruction through His word that this opportunity was an open door from Him. Venturing into the unknown of what this means for my education, I am following God. I am trusting that if I truly seek Him first, He will provide for me in every area necessary, while rewarding me in this life and in the age to come.


In 2014, I came on staff at Calvary Chapel Apple Valley as the Worship Pastor. On June 3rd, 2016 I married my wife, Liana and we continue to serve together here at the church. Since October of 2016, I have been the youth pastor here. My wife and I are very excited to serve along side the youth and equip them to start using their gifts for the Lord.


 

pastor gary arce // school of ministry

I received Jesus Christ as my personal Savior in 1995. In the aftermath of the failure of my first marriage, and working through the guilt and brokenness that resulted, the Lord graciously revealed Himself to me and began to heal my heart. Then He brought an amazing, godly woman into my life, and Brenda and I were married in 1995. We began leading a Home Fellowship group, and I also began serving on the Worship Team at Faith Community Church in Victorville.  At this time, the Lord also allowed me to participate in short-term Mission trips to India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Nepal.


Since 1990, I have been living in the High Desert and teaching Science courses at Apple Valley High School.  This has been a wonderful opportunity to work with young people and to stand up for Biblical truth.


In 2005, the Lord called my family and I to Calvary Chapel Apple Valley.  We have been incredibly blessed to be a part of this family of believers.  Brenda and I have also been blessed to minister in the Home Fellowship ministry and Young Adult ministry, and I also serve with the Worship Team.


We are extremely thankful to also have two children. Our son Christopher graduated from UC Irvine and the VVC Fire Academy, and is currently entering the work force. Our daughter Michelle is currently attending Vanguard University in Costa Mesa.


In 2011, Calvary Chapel Apple Valley started a School of Ministry for “the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).  As a graduate of Calvary Chapel Bible College, I know firsthand the tremendous blessing that comes from studying the Word of God in depth. So it has been my privilege to serve in the School of Ministry as we “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV).


God is moving powerfully in these last days,  and it is my prayer that our soon-returning Savior will find us busy about our Father’s business – knowing Him intimately (John 17:3), serving Him faithfully (John 4:34), glorifying Him continually (Matthew 5:16), and sharing the Gospel zealously (Matthew 28:18-20).


 

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alyssa prickett // administrative assistant

I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home but did not have a personal relationship with the Lord until I was 21. Immediately following high school, the plans that I had for my own life began to unravel quickly and I became angry with God and walked away from Him.

 

I spent the next few years wrestling with God. I looked to the things of this world to find my worth and fulfillment. I had hardened my heart towards God and was filled with a lot of anger, pride and selfishness. However, despite my rebellion, God was doing a big work in my heart and in my life during this time. 

 

After a few years of living like this, I had finally had enough. In May of 2010 I surrendered my life to Jesus and He immediately began to transform me.

 

Later that year, God led me to Calvary Chapel Bible College, where I spent two years deepening my relationship with my Savior and studying His word. In January of 2011, I was brought on staff here at Calvary Chapel of Apple Valley, where I began to learn the joy of serving the Lord and others. During this time, I also began to serve in our High School Ministry. It has been a joy and blessing to be able to serve the Lord, congregation and pastoral staff here at CCAV. 


 

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liana lane // receptionist

In the fourth grade, I learned about how Jesus died for our sins on the cross so that we could have eternal life with Him.  I chose to put my faith in Him right away; and while I have not always pursued Him since then, He has graciously never left me.


As I grew older, my passion for Jesus soon faded and my identity as a Christian rested only on my fourth grade experience. Then, when I was in middle school, I went to a church camp where I found myself unsure of my salvation in Christ. That night, I prayed with a leader that God would forgive my sins as I accepted Him into my heart. But soon enough, my faith then rested only on that prayer.


In my junior year of High School, two Mormon missionaries came to my door and I answered it in arrogance, believing that I could stand firm in only a belief that Jesus is real and a prayer I said when I was twelve. My faith was not only challenged, but I was completely confused. I had never realized how little I knew about the Bible or how Christianity differs from other religions. During this time, my parents had started attending Calvary Chapel of Apple Valley, and my mother set up a meeting for me with the Youth Pastor (who was then Gary Malkus Jr). I remember he had a Bible on the table and simply showed me Scriptures about Jesus Christ and invited me to youth group.


From then on, I was loved and welcomed into this church and every Wednesday night I would come to learn more about God’s Word. Through the leadership and friendships of our Youth Group, I was shown that believing in Jesus meant obeying God’s Word. Now, my Christianity no longer relies on an idea or a prayer, but it is rooted in the Bible and a daily commitment to follow Him. Because of this, I now have a personal relationship with Jesus. He is no longer an idea in my mind but my Heavenly Father who provides for me, answers my prayers, and speaks to me through His Word.


Since then, I have learned that God takes away, but He also gives abundantly. When I graduated from High School, the Lord had me in a hard season as I was going through heartbreak as well as the many challenges that came with being a caregiver for the elderly. He truly comforted me in this time and allowed my faith to grow as I learned about the joy that comes with serving others and living in God’s will. I was then given the opportunity to attend Vanguard University of Southern California where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Throughout my time in college, God opened doors for me to go on a mission trip to Honduras, to work at a local non-profit for teen mothers and their children, as well as the opportunity to study abroad in the Holy Lands of Israel. These were all humbling experiences as I learned more about people and God’s love for them. I am excited to continue learning about this as He now has me back home in Apple Valley where I am able to see God move in our church!


You will never regret a decision you make for the Lord, ever!