Dana Lyons

I accepted Jesus when I was 5 years old at Calvary Church on the Rock in Richland, WA. Throughout my life, God has continually made clear His calling. I began serving in church when I was 15 years old; serving as a greeter, on the adult worship team, in children’s ministry and as worship leader for my high school youth group. I realized at that point, God had a calling on my life to serve Him.

Throughout college I remained involved adult worship teams, worked with worship bands within the community and served within my church’s youth ministry. After college, I began working part-time as a worship leader, a month later I met my wife Kathy. As time went on, the part-time position transitioned into a full time position as worship and youth pastor. Throughout those five years, I began to realize the magnitude of God’s calling and that He was calling me to even more.

In the fall of 2013, I sat down with Pastor Rich Jones and we began to discuss what God had put on his heart, a new church campus in Beaverton.

It was perfect timing with what God was doing in my heart. We began talking and praying about this new Calvary Chapel campus in Beaverton, OR. It was clear to Kathy and me that God was leading us to step into this wonderful opportunity.

This story, our story, is still in the making! I am excited about what is in store for Calvary Beaverton and look forward with great anticipation to the impact this ministry will make in the city of Beaverton and the greater Portland area. I also look forward to remaining a part of God’s story for years to come.

Jesus says in Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

This is one of the scriptures that drive’s my life. I look forward to meeting you soon!

God called me to Him when I was a young child. I felt what could only have been the hand of God tugging at my heart, and kneeling down I asked Jesus to be my Lord and to take charge of my life. From that point on the Lord raised me up. He grew and stretched me, always encouraging and strengthening my soul.

In high school I started serving on my youth worship team and loved praising Jesus! Then I went off to college and for three years studied Theatre at Florida State University. At the end of my third year God provided the opportunity for me to come and work with the youth at Calvary Chapel Worship Center. What He did next absolutely blew me away!

Over the course of that summer my heart grew for the students of the youth group. It was becoming more and more clear to me that God was calling me to continue in this work; but I had school, I had commitments, I had parents to persuade! It was all too big to handle, but our God is bigger! He made a clear path for me! He gave an opportunity to finish school remotely, freedom and support in the change, great encouragement from my family, and so much more! God made a way; He worked it for good!

I have lived most of my life in the state of Oregon and was raised by two incredible God loving parents who have been great examples of God’s devotion, patience and love in my life.

I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in Journalism – Public Relations. My prayer was always “God use me to do your work.” Little did I know, straight out of college, God would call me into full time ministry serving His kingdom.

I am beyond blessed to be married to my amazing husband, Samuel Wilson, pastor of Calvary Chapel Community Church. Together we have two very active and fun children, Eli and Sadie. We not only enjoy our time together in marriage and family, but we have ministered as a team since 2009 in youth ministry, worship, and now humbled to be extending roots in the city of Beaverton as we reach people for Jesus at Calvary Chapel Community Church.

My heart’s passion is to help people find and follow Jesus so that they can personally experience redeeming salvation and the unconditional love of Jesus Christ!