Samuel Wilson

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!

I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the young age of nine while in Awana. I was so excited, I would tell everyone at school about Jesus and how they should come to Awana. I attended an Evangelical church up until I moved to Oregon in 2009. It was during a summer camp my sophomore year of high school that I really began to feel the Lord impress on me that I wanted to be a youth pastor and attend seminary. Following that summer, I began to serve any way I could at the church – helping with greeting, ushering, and youth group. After high school, I continued to volunteer in youth ministries.

I really love seeing middle and high school age students hunger and thirst for a closer relationship with the Lord as well as watching them walk out their faith. I am so excited for what God is doing in my life and also in youth ministry at Calvary Chapel. I love being able to disciple and get to know and walk with students in their everyday relationship with Christ. It is so important to me that every student knows that they are loved by God.

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!

Though I grew up with a Christian outlook, it was not until December 2001, in a wind-swept, rain-soaked drive somewhere between Eugene and Portland northbound on I-5 that I accepted Jesus into my heart as my Lord and Savior. And that has changed everything!

I grew up in Long Beach, California and attended Stanford University, majoring in Computer Science. After graduation, a small Beaverton-based software firm recruited me to the beautiful Northwest. Looking for a home church, a friend from work invited me to Calvary in Hillsboro. Blessed with great teaching and fellowship, I was further blessed to serve the congregation in service coordination and assisting in youth ministry. Outside of Calvary, I am also heavily involved with Bible Study Fellowship and am currently serving as the children program supervisor for a class in Beaverton.
 
As God’s vision directs His next chapter for Calvary in Beaverton, I am excited to co-labor in His kingdom-building work in the community I now call home.

 

I have been married over 45 years to Carol –my best friend. We have three children plus “one of the heart”. My oldest son resides in Beaverton with his family, My youngest son lives in Bend with his family, my daughter between the two boys resides in Heaven and our “one of the heart” lives in Beaverton with her daughter. We have 8 grandchildren. Educationally I have a bachelor’s in Math, a master’s of Divinity and a master’s in Counseling. Job wise I worked as a medic in the army specializing in neuropsychiatry, taught High School Math for two years, Youth Pastored for 8 years and was a pastor in a church in Beaverton for over 35 years. In my spare time I love to juggle, ride unicycles, perform illusions, collect stamps, read books, and collect Uncle Scrooge comic books. On a weekly basis I walk, ride my bike, swim, play ping pong and attend an exercise class believing my body houses the Holy Spirit and I need to take care of it. I accepted the Lord into my life while at a summer grade school camp. I love people and see myself as an encourager–helping people become all that God desires for them. I lead a 13 week class every Fall entitled “GriefShare”–helping people journey through the loss of a loved one. I oversee greeting and ushering believing that everyone who comes through the front doors of our church is sent by God. I oversee pastoral care–helping people find the coaching necessary to build relationships and work through personal challenges. I also oversee the retiree luncheon once a month.