Meet the team

Marty Sloan

Lead Pastor
I am passionate about communicating the word of God and helping people of all ages and cultures to know God, find freedom, discover purpose and make a difference in this world. My desire is to know Christ and make Him known to others.

I joined the Calvary Church family in January of 2020, and together we are creating an earthly picture of heaven. Everything we do is driven by the Word of God to love people and to invite them into authentic community with God and others. We believe that life and ethnicity are divine, and the power of loving people can make an eternal impact.

I have been an ordained minister since 2000 and have served in ministry for over 25 years, including various staff roles, and as lead pastor since 2009. I love reading, weightlifting, traveling, hunting and football. My wife, Becky, and I have been married since 1994 and have two sons: Chandler and Landon.

Alberto López

Calvary Español Lead Pastor
It’s my passion to watch lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s also rewarding to see the congregation grow in their knowledge of God and His Word every week. Since 1995, I’ve had the privilege and joy of sharing my life with my wife, Becky. God brought us together while we were both serving in the military. Caleb and Dannielle are our children. ¡Yo amo a mi iglesia! 

Tim Loar

Missions & Pastoral Care
It has been my joy to be in music and church ministry for over 30 years—almost half of those years at Calvary Church! My love for missions has led me to pursue that ministry, and I also lead our pastoral care ministry and outreach ministry.  My wife, Taunya, and I have been married since 1990 and have three incredible children: Jacob, Grace (daughter-in-law), and Rachel …and one incredible grandson, Levi! 

Michael Escamilla

I have had the honor of serving in ministry for over 20 years. I am passionate about making disciples of Jesus Christ who love God and love others. My incredible wife, Lynnelle, and I have three amazing kids: Abigail, Malachi and Liliana. Our family loves serving, laughing and sharing a meal with old and new friends.

Michael Grove

Kids & Families
I knew in 8th grade that I was called to be a children’s pastor. Over time, God opened my eyes to the need to help young people understand His plan for their lives. Serving in full-time ministry since 2002, my wife, Kristi, and I love to see the best in young people as they grow. Our three children (Ava, Alia, and Gavin) help sharpen our skills for discipling students of all ages in their walk with the Lord.

Levonia Strong

Next Steps & Assimilation
Our family has been a part of Calvary for many years. My husband, Doug, and I have been married since 2004. We have three amazing children (Matthew, Dj and Devin). I am passionate about encouraging and empowering others with the truth of who God is. It is a privilege to serve Calvary Church in this role, and I look forward to partnering with you and serving the Lord together.

Sean Sloan

Education & Discipleship
Life with Christ is an incredible adventure! Daily, I am amazed by my wife, Michelle, and have served in ministry with her for nearly three decades. Our greatest joys are our two sons and daughter-in-law. We are passionate about seeing lives changed through knowing and finding purpose in the living Word of God. I have an MA in theology from Liberty University and currently study at Southeastern University (D.Min).

Adrian Cruz

This Generation Pastor
One of the greatest callings in my life is to inspire young people to take a tangible next step with Jesus. Our team's vision is to see Calvary's youth activated to be God’s witnesses and to serve him faithfully. Our mission is to help unpack the treasure within each student’s heart and for them to know and understand their unique divine design. With God’s help, WE WILL see a revival within our students that will be felt for generations.

Liana Cruz

This Generation Mental Health 
and Wellness Pastor
In 2018, the Lord completely transformed my life. He saved me from sin and healed me from distress and darkness. Since then, he has stirred up a passion in my heart to help others in a holistic manner through emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual support and encouragement. I want to walk with families and individuals in need and provide the tools and resources necessary to heal.

Jamel Kimbrough

Music Director
It has been my pleasure to serve Calvary for over 10 years. Building God's Kingdom through musical leadership has been my life’s mission. Born into a Christian home with a pastor father and ordained Evangelist mother, I'm no stranger to serving God’s people. I have been married to my wife, Threesa, since 2005, and together we share four children: DJ, DezTony, Taj & Jae.

Christian Axelsen

I was born and raised in Denmark. I came to the states in 2002 and joined Calvary in 2004. Since coming to Naperville, I met my wife, Erin, who works in education, and we have two kids: William and Anna. We are passionate about the work of the local church and the crucial impact it can have locally and abroad through missions work.

Conor Hughes

Creative Arts
I have been connected to Calvary since 2008 and have had the privilege of working on staff since 2017. My passions are wide, but I find great joy in creating a sense of wonder, awe, and hope through music and visual art. My family and I are grateful to serve this community and we’re excited for what the Lord is doing at Calvary.

Kyle Welton

Junior High Pastor
I am extremely excited to serve our JHi family! I believe that God wants to capture the hearts of this next generation, and I'm honored to help raise up devoted disciples for Jesus. My wife and I have served in youth ministries for many years, and we know that when students, families and leadership work together, we can pull out the gifts and callings in everyone for the Kingdom!

Mike Alvarez

My goal within Young Adults ministry is to help young adults lay the right foundation for their lives. I've been involved in next-generation ministry for over 20 years, serving at churches in Michigan, Texas, Arizona and throughout the Chicagoland. Besides enjoying serving the local church, I am a HUGE Marvel fan, and a self-proclaimed burger connoisseur!

Karina Negron

I've attended Calvary since  4th grade, and youth ministry is where my heart for worship began. I started leading worship in high school, completed two years of Eikon and then finished at Evangel University. I came on staff in March of 2018. My heart's desire is that Calvary would continue to grow into a house  that worships in spirit and in truth, engaging with the Holy Spirit while digging deep wells of faith and prayer.

Wanda Burgund

My call to teach and encourage others first found fulfillment when teaching Sunday School to kindergarteners when I was 15. That same calling has directed me as a professional counselor, teacher, conference speaker and leader of mission teams to many countries. As an ordained minister of the Assemblies of God, it is a privilege for me to serve the congregation of Calvary Church.  

Damien Taylor

Family Pastor
I am devoted to building strong marriages and helping families thrive on a foundation rooted in Jesus. With a wonderful U.S. Air Force career behind me, it is a privilege for me and my family to serve at Calvary Church. My wife, Jey, and I have been married since 2011. Our daughter, Drew, is the light of our life. Every day, we are grateful that God called us to build His kingdom.

Jeremiah Miller

My deepest passion is to make more disciples of Jesus. My mission is to live a life of worship that communicates and unveils the heart of God. My wife, Beatrice, and I are dedicated to equipping the next generation to advance God's kingdom. I came on staff here in 2020, and I call it a blessing to be able to serve in High School Ministry at Calvary.

Ambre Thill

Women's Ministry
It's been a pleasure to be a part of Calvary for 34 years. My call to serve women came when nurturing families in the nursery 30+ years ago. Ever since, I have discipled and ministered to women throughout their various seasons of life. That same calling led me to coordinate special events, and lead Women's Ministry. My husband, Rod, and I have been married for 35 years and we have 3 amazing children, 2 daughters-in-love, and 4 precious grandchildren.

Beto Arteaga

Calvary Español Media & Communications
I am a husband, a father, a worshiper and a fervent  follower of Jesus. I love to help others find purpose, hope and healing. At the age of 11, I knew that God had a plan and a purpose for my life. I’ve learned that ministry is never about what I want or what I can do; it is simply walking in obedience to Jesus. I have been married to my beautiful wife, Olga, since 2007, and we have two amazing children: Alan and Santi.

Sarah Dawes

Ever since I first joined yearbook staff in 8th grade, I have been passionate about effective communication. There’s a story behind everything, and it’s my privilege to bring those details to light. Through each message and medium, I want to point people toward the God who made them! I grew up at Calvary, graduated from Evangel University, and am now honored to serve beside such a great team at my home church. 

Luis Gauna

Calvary Español Associate Pastor
I have been in ministry for 27 years and have served as a minister for the last seven. It is a pleasure to be a part of the Calvary Church family and to serve at the growing Calvary Español. My wife and I have been married for 36 years, and we have two daughters, a son and eight grandchildren.

Hannah Ouellette

Teaching Team
I have a passion to mobilize women to mark their world for Christ. I am a graduate of Oral Roberts University and am the co-founder and co-pastor of Thrive Church in Parker, CO with my husband, Jacob. I believe in and have dedicated my life to boldly preaching and teaching the Word. My husband and I have three children: Faithlyn, Ethan and Graham.

Mark Burgund

Stewardship, Development, & Senior Adults
I love serving God by serving others. I joined Calvary Naperville in 1988 and served as the church administrator until 2016. My passion has always been to be a helpmate to those around me. The joy of my life is my wife of over 50 years, as well as our daughter and two grandchildren.

Muni Biruduganti

Calvary Indian Lead Pastor
I love Jesus because He called me out of darkness into His marvelous light.  My goal is to be everything that He wants me to be for the glory of His name and the extension of His kingdom. I am eternally grateful to God for giving me the privilege to serve Him and the Indian community. I've been married to my wife, Christina, for 17 years, and we have three children: David, Samuel and Shekinah.

Larry Griswold

Spiritual Life
I have 27 years of pastoral leadership, 15 years of Executive Leadership for the Illinois District, and 11 years as a General Council Executive Presbyter. I attended Northwestern University, North Central Bible College and Wheaton Graduate School, and am a member of The President’s Council for Trinity Bible College. My wife, Coleen, and I have two children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Kregg Hood

Community Life
My vision is to help people grow in stewardship to ultimately benefit the body of Christ. I love speaking at churches and conferences, writing for Christian media outlets and teaching inquiring minds. I believe that God is always on our side and that he will always bless us when we trust him and his promises.

Look at what God has done over the years!

Calvary Church has a strong history of Godly leaders who have shaped us throughout the years.
Take a look at our Pastoral Legacies Page and get to know them (and us) a bit more.