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PASTOR GARY MALKUS JR.

Senior Pastor

 

"Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your loving kindnesses, For they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, for Your goodness' sake, O Lord. Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. For Your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great." Psalm 25:6-1

 

I grew up in the High Desert and have been around ministry since I was a young child. My father raised us to know God's Word, as he was a pastor at Calvary Chapel of Phelan. Early on, as I grew in age, I came to question the God of my father. For some reason Jesus became no more than just a story told in Sunday school. So, needless to say, when I was old enough to make my own choices, I chose the wide, more popular path that leads to destruction. I was allured by the trappings of this world, and the thrill of sin.  I first started drinking to overcome my shyness until it was not long before alcohol became my motivation for waking up in the morning. I became a drunkard and shameless drug user.

When my bondage to alcohol and many other vices destroyed my first marriage, I was at an all-time low. You can say rock bottom. At that time, I met a new girl, who had as much anger and hate in her heart as I did. We both had hurts that alcohol and marijuana could not fix. Instead of turning to the God of my father, whom I knew was relentlessly pursuing me; we instead tried to fill the void with harder drugs and continued to walk the path of self-destruction. I came to a crossroad and I knew we needed to change.

We thought moving out of the High Desert would allow us to escape, so we moved to Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Needless to say, we established our lives in a new town, but we quickly found the problem followed us there. We were monsters through and through, and we naturally were drawn to wicked men, and joined the party in our new city.  I started working with a drug dealer, and things got worse and much darker for us.

Now, my father and mother had a relentless prayer campaign going on daily for us. And here in this darkness, God began to shine His marvelous light. My girlfriend saw a movie, the Passion of Christ, and in that theater without an evangelist preaching, she saw that Man on the cross, and wept, because the Spirit of the Living God revealed to her that Man, who was a Stranger to her, died for her. She fled the Theater in tears, but did not understand it at all. The young lady who lived with me grew sick of our lifestyle, and that Man on the Cross never left her thoughts, and she wanted to change her life.

So, Easter Sunday, 2004, she went to church, and dragged me along with her. That day, she heard Pastor Ray preach the Gospel and my girlfriend met Jesus for the first time in her life. She told me things were going to be different; I just laughed and told her she would forget about it in a day or so.

Sure enough, she did change and God took her chains of addiction, and He freed her from the bondage she was in, and she resisted and escaped temptation at every turn. I watched the God of my father transform an 87 pound tweaker girl into beautiful woman before my eyes. As she grew closer to Jesus, she realized we were living in sin and convinced me to marry her so she could live right in her Savior’s eyes.

Shortly thereafter, I surrendered my life to Jesus, and He grabbed a hold of our hearts. We got involved with the church quickly as we knew we needed accountability. The pastor and church in Havasu loved us like their own family. We were discipled and immediately started serving the Lord. We served in the Children's Ministry where my wife learned the Old Testament with the 3-5 year-olds we were teaching. We served as ushers, and to this day, my wife has been the best usher I have ever seen in action. We then got involved in youth ministry, and anywhere Pastor Ray asked us to go we learned to say yes. He took us on mission’s trips and outreaches all over the world, and unbeknownst to us, was preparing us for fulltime ministry.

In 2009, Pastor Ray sent us out into fulltime ministry to serve with my father as his youth pastor, here in the High Desert again. While in Apple Valley, we served with excitement as we  watched God do amazing and impossible things in the youth.

While being content to serve in Apple Valley for the rest of my life, in 2015, God had other plans, and opened a door for us at a little church down the street, in Old Town Victorville for us to serve the people here. We said yes, and I am serving as the Senior Pastor here currently.

Here at Calvary Chapel Victorville the Lord has put a burden on our hearts for the lost. Our heart’s desire is that the lost would hear about the unending love of God for them. My wife and I have experienced the life-changing forgiveness and love of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and we want to share it with whoever will give us an ear.

I am excited to be able to work with the community here in Victorville. I look forward in great anticipation of the awesome work God has for my wife and I as His instruments of hope and salvation to our new community and beyond.

Lastly, after hearing for many years that we would never be able to have children of our own, God has done the impossible and blessed us with three wonderful daughters, Sofia, Lola, Daisy and our son, Freedom.

So here is where my education and training is supposed to be listed. I never went to Bible College or Seminary. I studied horticulture for a couple years in college before I found my calling in construction. I loved to build. So God took me through a different school when I surrendered my life to Him. He in His great wisdom used the sun as it beat on back for 5 years framing houses in Lake Havasu City. It was on the jobsite, that I begin to listen to Chuck Smith, J. Vernon McGee, Charles Stanly, Damien Kyle, David Guzik, Chuck Swindoll, Jim Cymbala, and many other Bible Teachers whom God used to wash my mind and teach me His Ways. I began immediately reading any book I could get my hands on. I call this time of my life my “great humbling.” God taught me to hear His voice. He had me share His Gospel with the lowest, most filthy men that walk this earth, and I witness that Gospel change many lives there on the jobsite. I learned leadership, problem solving and developed a work ethic framing those miserable houses in that unforgiving desert. God dealt with my pride in those years, and looking back, I see my schooling was much like Moses in the deserts of Midian. At the time, I begged God to take me off the jobsite, to get better equipped for the ministry that I knew I was called too. But now looking back, I would not change a thing, I thank God for the lessons through adversity He taught me. My schooling continues today, and I don’t expect it to end anytime soon.

If you need to contact me for anything, please email me at garyjr@calvaryvv.org.

PASTOR Joseph Garibay

Youth Pastor

 

Psalm 116:4-6

Then I called upon the name of the Lord : “O Lord , I implore You, deliver my soul!” Gracious is the Lord , and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful. The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me.

 

The day that the Lord met me happens to be the same day that I asked Him if He was real. I called out to Him, He answered. But before I asked, I denied. As a child, Jesus was a only a name and a story, not my personal Savior. I didn’t realize that I needed a Savior until shortly after high school. I worked a job that would pay me on Friday so I would party the whole weekend, spend my money on alcohol, and have a good time. My priority was to spend and enjoy myself now; a life of self gratification.

While in high school, my life took a drastic turn as my family struggled with extreme financial difficulties.  I didn’t know it at that time but I was becoming depressed. I didn’t feel loved by my father, my mother tried her best to hold it together, and to top it off I started to grow angry and resentful towards my parents for allowing my family to get into this predicament.

At this time, the accuser of the brethren started to tell me that no one loved me or could ever love me. That my life was nothing and if I were to take my life, no one would care. Yes, I contemplated suicide.

A friend of mine had an aunt that went to church and one day after attending a party we both attended, she looked at me and said, “You need Jesus. You should come to my church.” I told her to go take her Jesus somewhere else because I don’t need that stuff. Soon after I came to the realization that  I was only fooling myself. I knew I needed change in my life but didn’t know how.

The following week, there was a fight for my soul and the lies came on stronger than before. There was an inner turmoil that I didn’t understand.  One day I stormed out of our small apartment, slamming the front door behind me, and walked to the local high school.  Sitting there on the bleachers, I started crying to myself. My soul was hurting.  

In my sobbing, I heard my friend’s aunt, her voice telling me about this Jesus. I started to remember those stories from my childhood about Jesus and how He saves. So wiping the tears from my eyes, I looked to the sky and asked, “Lord, if you’re real, please help me.” While in deep anguish, He answered.  Sitting there with eyes closed in prayer, God revealed the path of destruction my life was heading towards. He showed me where my life was going to end if I didn’t change.

At that moment I realized that God was real, I needed Him and no matter what was going on in my life,  He cared for me. That Sunday, I don’t remember the message, but it didn’t matter because God showed Himself to be real back on that bleacher. So when the Pastor gave the altar call, I gave my life to Jesus.

Since that day, God has filled my life with joy, love, and peace that I never would’ ve thought possible. He blessed me with a beautiful wife and 3 wonderful children. He has also allowed me to serve Him in different capacities from the parking lot ministry, the children’s ministry, and in the Jr High ministry where I’ve been for the last 4 years. Furthermore, I am humbled and privileged to serve the calling of Youth Pastor at Calvary Chapel Victorville. The Lord has brought me from my miry clay and set my feet upon the Rock. When I called Him from my low place, He was faithful and saved me.   

If you need to contact me, please email me at joseph@calvaryvv.org. I am here to serve you.

PASTOR JOSH LEWIS

Worship Pastor

 

Proverbs 3:5-6

 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

 

 

Worship ministry has always been a big part of my life. Since I was a young child, my family has served the Lord with music and song. I have studied music since I was twelve years old. However, I was not called to serve in the worship ministry until I was a senior in high school. It was at high school camp where I truly surrendered my life to Jesus and almost immediately He called me to lead worship in our youth group at Calvary Chapel of Apple Valley. I served the Lord in that capacity for 5 years. Then, in January 2016, God called me to Calvary Chapel Victorville to serve as the worship leader. Through my years of serving, I have learned that He will always provide for me and the ministry He establishes me in. I know He has some amazing things planned for His church here in Victorville, and I am happy to be a part of it.

Please contact me with any questions regarding the worship at Calvary Chapel Victorville by sending me an email at josh@calvaryvv.org.

 

Here's a playlist that includes many of the songs that our worship team plays as well as many songs we have yet to play. It is my prayer that this playlist assists you in worshiping our Lord throughout the week. Make a joyful noise!

God bless you,

#NowPlaying

A playlist featuring Zealand Worship, I AM THEY, Rend Collective, and others
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PASTOR JASON VILLALOBOS

Children's Ministry Pastor

 

Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

 

I received the Lord Jesus as my Savior at the age of 16, in response to the Gospel being shared at my high school through a "strong-man ministry." I had the privilege of meeting my wife when I was 15 years old. The Lord used her in many ways including introducing me to what a relationship with Jesus looks like. Through the next 4 years of stumbling, learning, and growing, there came a point at the age of 19, when we both fully surrendered our relationship (and more importantly our hearts) to Jesus and His will. We married the next year. Through many mountain-top and deep-valley times, we look back in thankfulness and awe of God and His patient love for us. We have been married for 10 years, have been blessed with 3 children, and have had the joy of serving Him many times through children's ministry. If you need to contact me, my email is jason@calvaryvv.org.


 

ASHLEY MCCOY

Office Manager

 

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with Thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7

 

I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my savior at a young age. Growing up I considered myself to have a strong walk, which grew even deeper when I started going on mission trips, first to Mexico a few times then to Russia my senior year of High School. I loved the Lord and could clearly see His hand and truth reaching all parts of the world.

 

However, things changed when I moved out and went to college. I got caught up in the ways of the world and allowed the influence of those around me to be the driving force in my life. I spent the next four years wrestling with God between what I knew to be true but instead doing what I wanted to do. This lead to a very dark and depressing time in my life where I depended on alcohol and self-injury to cope with the feelings inside. Eventually, I came to a place in my brokenness that I knew repenting of my sins was the only way to be restored. 

 

After college, God allowed me to spend the next four years living and working at a Christian Camp in the San Bernardino National Forest. Those four years of being removed from the world enabled me to renew my walk and establish my faith and relationship with Jesus Christ in ways I never knew were possible. It also gave me a heart for ministry and serving God’s people in many different capacities. 

 

In June 2017, God called me back to the High Desert when I married my wonderful husband Justin and planted us here at Calvary Chapel Victorville. 

 

You can contact me in the office at 760-241-0778 or by email at ashley@calvaryvv.org


 

RUTH MORGAN

Office Intern

 

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in Glory” Colossians 3:1-4

 

Serving the Lord is something I have grown up in. I was raised in a Christian home by parents who worked endlessly to instill Godly disciplines into me and my sisters. However, growing up it was easy to live in the shadow of their faith. I served every week, and I went on every missions trip or retreat I could, but that never seemed to make my faith my own. I spent over eleven years serving at Calvary Chapel Apple Valley alongside my family, but in December of 2017 my parents and two younger sisters moved to Idaho.

 

The choice to stay behind and seperate myself from my parents was not one that came easily. I turned to God endlessly but never felt like I got any kind of confirmation on whether to stay or go. It came time for me to make a decision, so I moved in with my aunt and uncle so I could finish school. I had the next ten years of my life planned out to where I would be in school for the next seven years and then go into federal law enforcement.

 

It wasn't until I started regularly attending Calvary Chapel Victorville in February of 2018 that I realized all the plans I had been making were not being taken to the Lord first. I visited my parents in June, and decided I was going to move to Idaho in  the coming fall. This decision came because I was scared that if I stayed in the High Desert the Lord would drastically change all of my plans. As soon as I returned home I realized that Calvary Chapel Victorville is where the Lord has called me to be for now. The Lord showed me the plans I was making for my future did not include Him at the center, and He drastically changed my heart. Through this total surrender, I began interning at Calvary Chapel Victorville, serving in the audio/visual ministry, and spending as much of my time at the church and with Jesus as possible.  

 

You can contact me in the office at 760-241-0778 or by email at ruth@calvaryvv.org