Meet the Pastors

Randal Ross

Randal Ross

Senior Pastor

I have pastored for over 40 years and am a third-generation Assembly of God minister. I have been the senior pastor at Calvary since 2000, and I love watching it grow in size and diversity. I enjoy traveling throughout the world as a teacher and keynote speaker at seminars and conferences. I have written several books, including “Tapping the Power of Your Emotions,” “The Next Seven Great Events of the Future” and “From the Cross to Eternity.” My wife, Andrea, and I have two children, Matthew and Jessica, and one grandchild.

Rob Winkler

Rob Winkler

COO

I have served at Calvary since 2014. Prior to my time at Calvary, I served on the executive pastoral staff of Trinity Church. My wife, Linda, and I have been married over 35 years, and we have served the Lord in ministry for over 30 years. We have been blessed with four children and nine grandchildren.

Christian Axelsen

Christian Axelsen

Business Administrator

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.

Mark Burgund

Mark Burgund

Executive Director of Stewardship & Development

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 two children and two grandchildren.

Wanda Burgund

Wanda Burgund

International Missions

The call to teach and encourage others first found fulfillment when teaching Sunday School to kindergarteners at age 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.   

Kyle Dern

Kyle Dern

Calvary West Children & Associate

I was called to ministry at age 18, and I’ve been serving full-time for over 10 years. My mission is to strengthen the family unit as a whole, equip parents in discipling their children and create opportunities where God’s love is shared. My childhood sweetheart, Heather, and I have two daughters: Chloe and Stella.

Angel Escamilla

Angel Escamilla

Assistant Spanish

I have been in ministry for over 40 years, serving as a pastor, missionary, teacher and associate pastor. I’ve been married to my wife for over 40 years, and we have two sons and 10 grandchildren. I am passionate about living life without regret or fear, fulfilling God’s desire for my life and seeing all of my grandchildren in ministry.

Page Flock

Page Flock

NXT Jr. High

I have been serving in Junior High Ministry since I was 17 years old, and I have a strong call to serve and encourage the next generation. I have been on staff at Calvary since 2014, and every week, it is a great joy seeing young people encounter God and find hope in Him. I also have a secret love for interior decorating and lemon bundt cakes!

Scotty Gibbons

Scotty Gibbons

Communication & Evangelism

I have invested over 20 years of ministry in the local church and served as National Youth Strategist for the Assemblies of God. I have spoken at a variety of youth, adult and family events and have a passion for leadership development in pastors. My wife, Casey, and I have six children: Candice, Kelly, Bria, Allison, Angelina and Jordan.

Robbie Gonzalez

Robbie Gonzalez

Outreach & Sports

I have grown up, and served, in many ministries at Calvary. I came on staff in 2014, and I love serving the church and surrounding community. My wife, Jesica, and I are passionate about expanding the kingdom of God by using the local church to bless those in need. We have two children, RJ and Naya, and we love staying active, being outside and finding new parks.

Larry Griswold

Larry Griswold

Spiritual Life

After serving churches for 27 years, and in District Executive Leadership for 15 years, I'm now a Non-Resident Executive Presbyter for the Assemblies of God. I secured my education at Northwestern University, North Central Bible College and Wheaton Graduate School, and I currently serve as 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.

Michael Grove

Michael Grove

Kids

I knew in 8th grade that I was called to be a children’s pastor. I find nothing more exciting than helping a child understand God and his plan for their life! I have been in full-time children’s ministry since 2002. My wife, Kristi, also desires to see God’s best in kids’ lives. Our three children (Ava, Alia and Gavin) help sharpen our skills for discipling kids.

Kregg Hood

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.

Tim Loar

Tim Loar

Music

I love directing church choirs and leading people in worship. Music is one of my great passions in life. I have been in music ministry for over 27 years, and my wife, Taunya, and I began serving at Calvary Church in 2007. Taunya and I have two children, and we are very proud of them.

Alberto López

Alberto López

Spanish

My passion for Calvary Español brought me to the role of its lead pastor. I love watching the congregation faithfully grow (and grow in faith) each week. My love for ministry is second to the love for my wife, Becky, whom I met while we were both serving in the military. We have been together for 22 years and have two children: Caleb and Dannielle.

Ron Markese

Ron Markese

Pastoral Care & Senior Adults

I love seeing people come to know Jesus as Savior! I graduated from Central Bible College in 1980 and have been a pastor at Calvary since 1987. I have been married to my wife, Krisan, for over 35 years, and we have two children, Stephanie and Mychal, and two grandsons, Aiden and Ryan.

Jason McElwee

Jason McElwee

Guest Experience

I have previously served in the Assimilation, Small Groups, Outreach and Sports Ministries. I am an encourager and intercessor, desiring growth and healing for God’s people. My wife, Julie, and I have been married 17 years, and we have three children: Jessica, Jared and Joseph.

Eddie Nesby

Eddie Nesby

NXT High School

I was greatly influenced by my rich spiritual heritage. God’s early calling led me to pursue ministry right after high school. I want to make sure people know they are loved by God. I genuinely love people because people are the best! My greatest passion is my marriage to Julie and raising our daughters, Zoey, Talitha and Selah.

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross

Web Church & Pastoral Care

I serve as a pastor over Calvary’s web church, and I work with pastoral care. My wife, Michelle, and I were married in 2013, and we share a heart for connecting and ministering to those in need. We do everything we can to bring the message of Christ to them through the various ministries of Calvary Church. Michelle and I welcomed a daughter in March of 2017.

Jeff Sandstrom

Jeff Sandstrom

Connections

I have been married to Ericka (currently a PhD student) since 2010, and we’ve been active in planting churches in Berkeley, California, and the Chicagoland area. I enjoy reading, writing and speaking. Ericka and I come alive when people immerse themselves in the mystery of Jesus.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Assimilation & Small Groups

I am an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and a professional coach who partners with leaders and professionals. I love serving within the Small Groups and Assimilation ministries. My wife, Kimberly, and I have six children: Rebecca, Jacob, Allison, Andrew, Nevaeh and Anna.

Ismael Torres

Ismael Torres

Assistant Spanish

I am a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, and I have received a certificate in counseling. I am passionate about coaching and discipling new believers as they grow in their faith and knowledge of Jesus Christ. I love reading, traveling and reading about traveling. I have been married to my wife, Manuela, for over 30 years, and we have four children.

Steven Welch

Steven Welch

Worship

I grew up in the Midwest and began playing drums in my dad’s church when I was nine. I've always loved music and Jesus, and I'm
passionate about bringing all people together in worship. I attended Central Bible College, and then spent time recording music and touring internationally. While on tour, I met my wife, and we have two sons. We love Naperville, and the surrounding areas.

Cody Winkler

Cody Winkler

Discipleship & Adult Ministries

I enjoy spending time and serving within the adult and couples' ministries. My wife, Deborah, and I have been married for 11 years, and we share a calling and passion to bring hope and healing through the message of Jesus. We love helping people grow in their faith—four of those people being our kids: Josiah, Joshua, Lucy and Charlotte.