Nick Van Beek
Pastor Nick affirms, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me,” from 2 Corinthians 12:9. He believes the first step of following Jesus is admitting our failures. This begins a life committed to Christ and to his justice, peace, and reconciliation he brings to this world. Pastor Nick received his Bachelors of Science from Reformed Bible College and his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary. He is happily married to his wife, Carrie, and loves hanging out with his 2 daughters, Madelyn and Lillian. Pastor Nick enjoys reading, yard work, and biking all over Minnesota.
Pastor of Discipleship
Pastor Eli loves making disciples for Jesus Christ, that's why he is a pastor. He leads Calvary's youth ministries, engages in community development in the Twin Cities metro, preaches God's Word, and much more. He received his Bachelors of Arts from Northwestern College and his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Pastor Eli likes to be out and about. For example, he has taken Calvary teenagers tubing down the Minnehaha Creek, to watch Vikings training camp, and has attended their sports games and concerts. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with his wife Hannah, playing basketball, and biking through the cities.
Cheryl and her husband Carey live in Savage and have raised two daughters. Mikayla is married to Aaron and Camryn is in her third year of Dordt College. Cheryl started working at Calvary on the facilities crew and also answered phones when the office needed help. She enjoys the variety of tasks she has as a ministries assistant and loves interacting with those that stop by Calvary. Cheryl can be seen taking walks with her husband and she loves singing and enjoys reading Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers.
Jake Kamp has attended Calvary his whole life. In the fall of 2007, while attending college at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Jake started working on the Calvary facilities crew. In April of 2018 he became the facilities manager. If you have any questions about the facilities - renting a room, fixing something, moving something - talk to Jake. In his free time Jake enjoys hunting, fishing, video games, building computers, and pretty much anything sci-fi or fantasy related!
Monday - Friday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
What We Believe
At Calvary Church, we believe and accept the Bible as the inspired and authoritative word of God. We believe that God reveals Himself in the Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and we believe in the grand story of God’s salvation. This story begins with God’s creation of the world and everything in it. God’s good creation fell into sin, but God continues to work in us and in the world to redeem and renew creation. His redemption was accomplished through Jesus Christ, the God-man who has saved us. Jesus was born in a stable, lived on this earth, died on the cross, rose from the grave, and ascended to heaven. The good news is that we are saved from our own evil, guilt, and sin by what he did. As followers of Jesus Christ, we joyfully participate in and look forward to the renewal of all things, which shall be completed when Christ comes again, revealing His glory, power, and majesty.
Our Council and Committees
As a Christian Reformed Church, we have a governing council of selected elders and deacons. The elders and deacons are nominated and chosen to lead the church. The elders oversee the worship services, including serving the Lord’s Supper. The deacons direct the church’s giving, including determining offering causes and receiving the offering during Sunday service. The council calls the pastors to serve the church by fulfilling their job descriptions. Full council meets the 2nd Monday night of each month and is open to church members unless an executive session is called.
Elders - Len A, Matt DK, Randy H, Greg M, Cel S, Wayne T, and Heiko V
Deacons - Carol B, Andrew F, Angela O, Zach S, Nathan Z, Tim Z, Nathaniel Z
Calvary’s committees are composed of elders, deacons, pastors, and approved members of our church. The committees meet the 4th Monday of each month. If you are interested in joining a team, please contact Pastor Nick or Pastor Eli.
The Shepherding Team cares for the members of Calvary Church through prayer, visits, counseling, and hosting district lunches. The current team includes Carol B, Andrew F, Greg M, Angela O, Cel S, Wayne T, Heiko V, Nathan Z, and Pastor Nick.
The Administrative Team manages the church’s budgets, employees, and building. The current team includes Matt DK, Dianne DP, Elmer J, Jake K, and Nathaniel Z.
The Youth Ministries Team oversees Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, nursery, the Calvary Fall Fest, and assists the leaders of GEMS, Cadets, Pioneer Club, and Anchor. The current team includes Zach S, Kim A, Deb A, Tim Z, Pam S, and Pastor Eli.
The Worship Team analyzes the worship services including songs, readings, sermon series, and involvement. The current team includes Pastor Nick, Pastor Eli, Steve B, Aleida VB, Erica L, and Katie A.
The Story of Calvary Church
We are CRC
Calvary Church is 1 of around 1000 churches in North America that belong to the Christian Reformed Church. We are a Protestant branch of Christ's church that has a Reformed accent, affirming God's sovereignty, God's kingdom, and God's covenant. We affirm 3 creeds and 3 confessions, one of which is the Heidelberg Catechism, which begins:
"What is your only comfort in life and in death?
That I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way hat not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven; in fact, all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him."
To learn more about the Christian Reformed Church, click on the link. https://www.crcna.org/