Lionel Young, Senior Pastor

Lionel oversees preaching and vision for the Calvary Church community. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (Grace College), a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Theology (Grace Theological Seminary) and a Master of Theology in the History of Christian Thought (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School).  He is currently completing his PhD studies in Global Christianity at the University of Stirling (Scotland).  Lionel is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity. 


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Al Lackey
Executive Pastor

Josh Reasoner
Pastor of Family Ministries

Jon Nitta
Pastor of Spiritual Formations

Jerry Grafton 
Pastor of Compassion & Care

Emily Johannes
Executive Assistant to the Senior Pastor
Director of Communications

Stacy Young
Director of Global Outreach

Victoria Evans-Peasley
Senior Director of Connections

April Millard
Director of Children's Ministries

Ashley Rice
Associate Director of Children's Ministries

Lynette Green
Volunteer Connections Coordinator

Julie Shoupe
Assistant to Spiritual Formations

Robyn Walsworth
Assistant to Connections
Special Events Coordinator

Cindy Wolters
Assistant Family & Children’s Ministries

Student Ministries

Mark Lackey
Pastor of Student Ministries

Becky Gualandi
Director of Student Ministries

Noel Perry
Director of Student Spiritual Formation and Ushers

Worship and Creative Arts

Kurt Felsman
Director of Worship and Arts

Gabe Johannes
Director of Technical Arts

Tracy Hillwig
Editor & Writer

Office Team

Lori Ann Coslet
Director of Guest Connections
Office Manager

Donna Krieg
Administrative Assistant

Moira Schnell
Administrative Secretary

Ashley Berry
Financial Manager
Assistant to Student Ministries

Morgan Gilliand
Front Office Assistant

Tom Palinca
Facilities Manager

Elder Team


Jon Costas
Elder Chair

A 1975 graduate of Valparaiso High School, Jon Costas received his B.A. from St. Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and a law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1989, and a masters degree in practical theology from Wesley Seminary in 2017. Jon is currently the mayor of Valparaiso, and has held that office since 2004. 

Jon currently serves as elder chair at Calvary and is active in teaching adult Bible classes as well as leadership workshops. 

Jon is an energetic community leader and has served on numerous state and local boards and community efforts. He is active in a variety of activities including running, biking, flying, playing guitar and reading. Jon and his wife Sharon have four adult children and live in Valparaiso. They have been members of Calvary since 2004. 


Dave Gring
Men's Ministries

A 1988 graduate of Valparaiso University with a B.A. in Marketing, Dave Gring is the Director of Sales for Steiner Homes and a Sales Associate for Century 21 Alliance Group. 

Dave is an avid golfer and has turned his love for the game into a fundraising tool for local organizations. He is co-chair of the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce FunDay Golf Classic and the chairman for the NWI Youth For Christ Golf Classic. He is also the head coach of the Valparaiso University men’s golf team. 

Dave and his wife, Pam, have been active at Calvary since 2002. He is the head of the Band of Brothers men’s ministry and is a Life Group leader. Dave also serves on the Life Group Ministry Leadership Team. Dave and Pam live in Valparaiso with their four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, working in the yard, exercising, and hitting the links with fellow elders Brian Gensel and Pastor Lionel.


Dave Kurt
Life Groups

A longtime Midwesterner, Dave received his B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from Ohio State University and his MBA from the same institution in 1996. Dave is currently an Area Manager for BP Whiting Refinery overseeing operations, maintenance, and engineering for one-quarter of the plant.

Dave is a passionate advocate for discipleship programs within the church. He volunteered as a Life Group leader soon after joining Calvary Church in 2004 and has served on the Life Group Coaches team since 2008. 

Dave spends his free time watching his kids play sports, camping, and playing for the Calvary basketball church team. Dave, his wife Amy, and their six children live in Valparaiso.


Dr. Eugene Lin

Dr. Eugene Lin is a practicing physician in internal medicine and pediatrics. He received dual bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and East Asian studies from Indiana University in 1992, and obtained his M.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1996. 

Eugene is passionate about sharing the gospel and developing disciples for Christ and he makes a mission field of wherever he happens to be. At Calvary, Eugene serves on the Restoration Council and the Medical Response Team. He also teaches or contributes to adult electives on various topics. 

In his free time, Eugene enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, reading, playing video games, and traveling.  Eugene, his wife Janice, and their two children live in Valparaiso.


Brian Gensel

Porter County Prosecuting Attorney Brian Gensel followed up a B.A. in Business Marketing from Purdue University (1983) with a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University in 1987. Brian was elected to his current office in 2006 but has served the citizens of Porter County in the Prosecutor’s Office for the majority of his career.

Brian uses his legal training throughout the community. He coaches the Valparaiso High School Mock Trial Team and lectures for the Porter County Law Enforcement Vocational Program at Wheeler High School. In addition, Brian supervises law students in the Prosecutor Externship Program and is an adjunct professor of law at Valparaiso University, teaching Trial Advocacy. He and his wife Carleen have been members of Calvary since 1997, where Brian has taught both adult and high school classes. Currently, he is a Life Group leader.

Brian and Carleen live in Union Township with their two sons, Daniel and Nathaniel. He says that his sons, both exceptional students and talented musicians, are the pride and joy of his life. He is also fervent about the game of golf (and trying to best long-time course compadre, Pastor Lionel). Brian builds golf clubs, owns a ping-pong robot, and is known to his Calvary friends as “Gadget Gensel.”


Dave Rodgers

A lifelong car fanatic, Dave Rodgers owns and operates Greiger’s Motors, a business he fondly recalls visiting as a kid to collect car brochures to look through. 

Dave serves on the board of Kids Alive in addition to the Calvary’s Elder Board. He joined Calvary in the mid-90s and has volunteered in many of the Children’s Ministries classrooms. He is currently a 3rd-5th grade boy’s Small Group leader. In addition, he is a Life Group Coach and leader.

Much like his professional life, Dave’s hobbies center around wheels as he counts motorcycling and biking among his favorite activities. Dave and his wife Debby live in Aberdeen. They have 3 grown daughters and enjoy their 7 grandchildren.


John Matthiesen

John is a CPA and is a partner with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. He holds a BS from Iowa State in business accounting. 

John serves on several boards, including the Regional Development Corporation of NWI and Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Indiana as well as Shepherd’s Ministries in Wisconsin. A member of Calvary since 1996, John has served on the Finance Committee for the last 15 years and has volunteered to work with both kids and young adults in the church.

In his free time, John looks forward to golfing and travel, but his favorite past-time is being Grandpa to his grandkids. He and his wife Mari live in Valparaiso and have two grown children.

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